The Tennessee Department of Education named Cleveland High School and the F. I. Denning Center of Technology and Careers as 2017 U.S. Civics All-Star Schools. Every senior graduating with a regular diploma from these schools earned a passing grade on the U.S. civics test.
Adam Renshaw, CHS government teacher, said, “Cleveland High's All Star government classes are a testament to the hard work and preparation of its students. Last year's seniors in particular took a great deal of pride in preparing for the Citizenship test and debating the relevant political issues of the day. I am so proud of our government classes and look forward to repeating the high standards reached by last year's students.”
Dr. Russell Dyer, director of Schools, stated, “I am extremely proud of the work of our teachers and students on the U.S. Citizenship test. Teaching students our democratic principles is important to ensuring a bright future for our state and country."
Per state law, the project-based civics assessments are developed by the district to ensure students are taught the social studies standards as well as to demonstrate understanding of civics. All public high school students must participate in the United States Citizenship test; however, a passing grade is not a requirement for graduation.