Senate and House pages simulate the job of a state legislator
in a mock committee hearing during page school.
“This week, I learned that successful democracies rely on responsible citizens. Citizens have more power than I thought over the government….In our mock committee hearing, I learned that if something needs to be fixed in a community, it is the job of the citizens to tell their representatives and senators about it. If no citizens contribute their opinions and ideas to the government, then the government would not be able to help solve problems or help improve a community. Much responsibility lies in the hands of the community, which is why it is so important for people to be aware of what is happening in their towns and cities.” - Rilke, February 2010
A pproximately 35 students from all over Washington come to Olympia each week during the legislative session to serve as pages. While here, they are involved in a grand civics lesson. The Page School is designed to provide information that helps the pages make sense of what they observe while they are assisting the members of the Legislature with their important work.
Pages are required to attend the school for two hours each day. The Page School is a joint program of the House and Senate and is located in the Irv Newhouse Building on the capitol campus. Click here to see the syllabus for the Page School.
Our goal is to provide a meaningful learning experience for each page, and we have designed a curriculum that aligns to the state Essential Academic Learning Requirments (EALRs) for Civics and Social Studies Skills for grades 8-12. (EALRs for teachers) We encourage the students who serve as pages to return to their communities and share their experiences in Olympia with their classmates and community. A self-reflection is written by all pages at the end of the week and copies are mailed to their homes and school contacts.
Please call (360) 786-7987 or email: Sharon.Heath@leg.wa.gov if you have any questions about our program.