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Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP)

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


Funding Description

Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) provides start-up funds for the establishment of new specialized programs in grades nine through twelve in California high schools. The programs are expected to develop new standards-based model curriculum that promote an in-depth study of a targeted content area. The Legislature intends for SSP to benefit the state economy by having schools located in close proximity to related industries. Funding is available for planning and implementing new programs.

Eligibility

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 nine through twelve. All California public high schools including continuation high schools, county offices of education, consortia of LEAs, and direct-funded charter schools, are eligible to apply for SSP planning grants.
Other Eligibility Considerations The SSP funding cannot be used to supplement an existing California Partnership Academy, Linked Learning pathway, or other existing programs, competitions, or clubs at the school. The SSP funding is for new and innovative programs. High schools that currently have these types of programs may apply for a SSP grant if the focus of the SSP is significantly different from that of the existing programs (e.g. an unrelated/different pathway).
Eligible Grade Level(s) 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable

Funding

Legal Authority California Education Code sections 58800-58806; Budget Item 6100-122-0001.
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2015-16
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 7370 / 8590
Total Available $4,892,000
Recipient Amount Up to $100,000
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula $3,392,000 of SSP funds are distributed to schools planning and implementing new programs and $1,500,000 for two that receive a legislated apportionment.

Important Dates

Date Application Available October 8, 2015
Due Date December 4, 2015
Expected Notification Date April 30, 2016

Additional Information

Application Request for Applications (CA Dept of Education)  [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r17/ssp15rfa.asp]
Background Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/sspgen.asp]
Fiscal Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/hs/sspgen.asp]
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.

Contacts

Program Tony Quirarte, 916-319-0388, tquirarte@cde.ca.gov
Fiscal Cindy Rose, 916-319-0475, crose@cde.ca.gov
Division Career & College Transition Division, 916-319-0893 (phone), 916-319-0168 (fax)
Last Modified: October 13, 2015
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