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Specialized Secondary Programs

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) provides start-up funds for the establishment of new, advanced programs in California high schools. The programs are expected to be a model for standards-based instruction, rich in curriculum content with varied instructional methodologies that emphasize expanded, in-depth study of a targeted content area or a thematic or career focus. Funding is available for planning new programs, implementing programs and also supports successful SSP programs to host demonstration days to showcase fully developed programs.


Local educational agencies
Each district may submit one SSP application for a comprehensive high school that is not currently receiving SSP funds. The proposed program must be new to the school and serve students in at least two consecutive grades 9-12. Teachers must develop curriculum and instructional methodologies that will be made available to other California schools. For high schools that currently receive SSP funds, continued funding is contingent upon progress toward full implementation, or a legislated apportionment. Applicants for an SSP Demonstration Site grant must have received SSP funding between 1995 and 2007 and must still have their SSP program fully implemented.
To apply for a new SSP grant, an Intent to Submit form must be sent to the High School Initiatives/Career Education Office, postmarked or faxed by Monday, October 15, 2007. Continuation high schools that cannot provide a new advanced program for a cohort of students over two consecutive years in grade 9-12 should not apply. Charter schools that receive the categorical block grant are not eligible to apply, because these schools already receive SSP funds through the categorical block grant.
Grade Level(s)
9, 10, 11, 12
Age Level(s)
Not applicable


California Education Code sections 58800-58806; Budget Item 6110-122-0001
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2007-08
SACS Resource/
Revenue Codes
7370 / 8590
Total Available $6,155,000
$185,000 to $285,000 for program planing and implementation over four years.
Allocation Formula SSP grant awards are determined by the phase of program implementation. $5,605,000 of SSP funds are distributed to schools currently implementing programs, demonstration sites, and two that receive a legislated apportionment. An estimated $550,000 is available for new programs, which will each receive $35,000 for up to 8 planning grants, or will each receive $70,000 to $125,000, based on school size, for up to 2 implementation grants, or will each receive up to $15,000 for up to 8 demonstration sites.

Important Dates

August 29, 2007
Due Date November 15, 2007
Notification Date
May 1, 2008

Additional Information

Other SSP funds are used to annually fund new planning or implementation grants, to continue funding grants for schools in the SSP implementation phases, for demonstration grants to showcase fully developed SSPs, and for apportionment funding of two SSP recipients that worked in collaboration with the CSU system before 1991. Up to 15 new SSP programs are chosen annually. For information about SSP RFA Technical Assistance workshops go to:


Program Barbara Weiss
Phone : 916-319-0481
E-mail :
Fiscal Jeanne Geiser
Phone : 916-319-0474
E-mail :
Division Career & College Transition Division
Phone : 916-319-0893
Fax : 916-319-0168

Last Modified: September 11, 2007

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