Civic Spirit

Civic Spirit has successfully spun out of OOI to become an independent organization.


Civic Spirit is a growing coalition of eleven Jewish and Catholic independent schools in the New York Metropolitan area committed to teaching civic virtues and building civic leadership in their educational communities. Civic Spirit takes a three-pronged approach to education for engaged citizenship, consisting of (1) professional development for teachers, (2) high-level academic classes for students, and (3) a community-based “action civics” project for the school.


Across America, students are graduating without the skills to participate fully in political life. Civic Spirit uses the ethical foundations of religious schooling as a starting point for the cultivation of a renewed sense of civic virtue and civic action among high school students across the United States. Civic Spirit students are being educated to enter college as prepared citizens, capable of civil discourse and active political participation.


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