We the School

We the School is an innovative new form of student government created at Constitution High School in Philadelphia. This manual, published in partnership between the National Constitution Center and Constitution High School, serves as a guide to replicating Constitution High’s unique school government model.

In the model, a student house of representatives and faculty senate create and write laws, giving students a voice in their school and the power to affect change. We the School aims to increase student participation and agency in school government, teaches students active citizenship, and can have a positive impact on school culture. The manual includes a step-by-step process to creating your own school Constitution and diagrams, case studies, and worksheets.

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