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Advisory Team

Brian Dennert, Social Science

John Downey, Social Science

Aaron Dobson, Administration

Debra Broberg, Administration


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"Royal's CSI program was one of my favorite parts of senior year. By being in charge of my own project, I gained so much confidence in myself because I got to see my hard work come to life. From the joy I witnessed, I believe my project made an impact. Through my fundraising and presentations at the Reagan Library, I was able to bring awareness to the benefits of music with Alzheimer's patients that would have otherwise gone unheard."

- Stephanie Russo, Class of 2017

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"The partnership between Royal High School and the Reagan Library to promote civics education has created many opportunities for students to become leaders in our community."

- Brian Dennert, RHS Staff

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"Since we joined forces with the Reagan Library's education team, I see my teaching responsibility in a whole new way. I've proudly transitioned to pairing that effort with the development of my students as citizens who have a keen sense of civic belonging and responsibility to community."

- John Downey, RHS Staff

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"The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted. It belongs to the brave."

-Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America (1980-1988)

The Citizen Scholar Institute Diploma Seal Program at Royal High School

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CSI sealRoyal High School and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library have built a unique partnership that has resulted in the Ronald Reagan Citizen Scholar Institute (RR CSI) at RHS. The program provides a superior civic education for all of the school’s students. Students complete a series of requirements modeled directly from the Guardian of Democracy report to build civic knowledge and political engagement skills. Students from a wide-variety of demographic groups and interests are provided with unique, meaningful learning experiences. Our award-winning Citizen Scholar Institute is leading the way in civics education for high schools across the United States.

I. Program Application and Information

Helping you "make the world a little better" is our goal. Read below to see how we do that. We support any viable idea you have to create a project that helps others. Successful projects can come in various sizes, formats, and initiatives. Our process is designed to be accessible for you so you can make the impact on others you desire while growing as a civic leader! Check out the information on this page and then...

Information shared at our October 19th, 2020 Informational Meeting, available here: Presentation

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II. Basic Program Completion requirements

  • Paramount Step: Complete an authentic service learning project

  • Identify and secure a relevant adult mentor to supervise you in your project endeavor

  • Present the purpose of your project plan to the Advisory Board

  • Join the RHS PTSA

  • Successfully complete at least one AP or IB Social Science course

  • Participate in school governance (involvement in RHS club or team leadership)

  • Attend 5 Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series events this school year

  • Present your service learning project during Senior Recognition Night

III. Service Learning Project & Timeline

To complete your Service Project experience, you will follow a timeline that will take you through idea creation, approval, implementation, reflection, analysis, and presentation. Throughout this process you will have support and guidance from the advisory team of Royal staff, your (self-designated) adult mentor, and  your fellow CSI Diploma Seal candidates.

Click Here to Learn How You Will Take Your Project from Idea to Completion


IV. Adult Mentor Support

Along with the support you will receive from the Advisory Team of RHS Staff, you will also have the opportunity to work with an adult mentor who will provide you with guidance throughout your service project implementation process. While your mentor could be a Royal staff member, we encourage candidates to reach out to neighbors, community officials, and civic leaders to fill those roles. This relationship will be incredibly valuable in your success, your growth and learning, and the positive impact your project makes.

The Mentor you choose must be...

  • Excited and supportive of your project's mission
  • Willing and available to guide you through the entire project process
  • Relevant and personally connected to the focus/topic of your project
  • Involved in a field, profession, or community group related to your focus
  • Have a skill-set & knowledge base that will serve your work
  • Accessible and consistent in communicating and meeting with you
  • A constructively critical coach who will help keep you on track
  • The "BEST FIT" to support your overall success

Click Here to Learn About the Mentor Support Timeline


V. Culminating CSI Night presentations

Upon completion of your Service Project, you will present your success before our annual Royal Senior Recognition Night held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. Our Advisory Team will guide you through the preparations to be ready for this event. On that night you and your fellow candidates will interact with your families and friends, Reagan Foundation staff, SVUSD District Leadership, Royal Staff and Administration, and various community leaders as you describe the positive impact of your project and the growth you experienced as a civic leader. Those graduating seniors who have earned a Diploma Seal will be honored during the Senior Awards Ceremony.


CSI Presentations for this year are planned to be held in June before the RHS Senior Awards night at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Student CSI Projects