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SSP Demonstration Site Request for Applications (RFA)

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

Funding Description

This grant is intended to fund model Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Demonstration Sites at high schools that have developed new, advanced programs through SSP funding. These SSPs have developed programs that offer challenging curriculum and innovative strategies or operating structures in the high school setting. The funding provides staff from the sites time to plan demonstration programs and host educators from other high schools interested in implementing similar programs/strategies. Visitors receive technical assistance via products, on-site visitations, and other resources. This funding is contingent on the 2008-09 State budget.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Previously funded SSP grantees between 1985 and 2008 that have completed their grant cycle or are in the final year of implementation and have met and exceeded the California Education Code Section 58800 requirement of developing both model curriculum and innovative strategies and operating structures in the high school setting.
Other Eligibility Considerations Participation in this grant opportunity is limited to high schools that used SSP funds to create new curriculum and a viable program. Based on that SSP funding, the program remains evident even if it has been years since SSP funding ended.
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 2008-09
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 7370 / 8590
Total Available $6,122,000
Recipient Amount $10,000
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula $170,000 is currently available for Demonstration grants. SSP grant awards are determined by the phase of program implementation. $5,420,000 of SSP funds are distributed to schools currently implementing programs and two that receive a legislated apportionment. An estimated $702,000 is available for new programs, each of which will receive $35,000 for up to 15 planning grants; or each will receive $10,000 for up to 17 demonstration sites.

Important Dates

Date Application Available February 6, 2009
Due Date March 2, 2009
Expected Notification Date March 31, 2009

Additional Information

Application Demonstration Site Request for Application (RFA) []
Background Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) []
Fiscal Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) []
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 20 new SSP programs are chosen annually. The SSP Planning Grants Request For Applications was available in September 2008.


Program Karen Allen, Education Programs Consultant, High School Initiatives - Career Education Office, 916-319-0481,
Fiscal Jeanne Geiser, Staff Services Analyst, High School Initiatives - Career Education Office, 916-319-0474,
Division Career & College Transition Division, 916-319-0893 (phone), 916-319-0168 (fax)
Last Modified: February 6, 2009
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