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Specialized Secondary Programs

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

Funding Description

The 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, theme, or career focus. Funding is available for planning new programs or schools which may include, Linked Learning pathways, career academies, and arts integrated models.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria The proposed program must be new to the school and serve students in at least two consecutive grades 912. Teachers must develop curriculum and instructional methodologies that will be made available to other California schools.
Other Eligibility Considerations 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.
Eligible Grade Level(s) 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Education Code sections 58800-58806; Budget Item 6110-122-0001
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2013-14
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 7370 / 8590
Total Available $4,892,000
Recipient Amount $50,000
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula $3,392,000 of SSP funds are distributed to schools planning new programs and $1,500,000 for two that receive a legislated apportionment.

Important Dates

Date Application Available September 4, 2013
Due Date October 18, 2013
Expected Notification Date November 15, 2013

Additional Information

Application Request for Applications (CA Dept of Education)  []
Background Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) []
Fiscal Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) []
Funding ResultsSpecialized Secondary Programs Funding Results []
Other SSP funds are used to fund new grants and for apportionment funding of two SSP recipients that worked in collaboration with the CSU system before 1991.


Program Tony Quirarte, 916-319-0388,
Fiscal Cindy Rose, 916-319-0475,
Division Career & College Transition Division, 916-319-0893 (phone), 916-319-0168 (fax)
Last Modified: October 27, 2015

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