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Specialized Secondary Programs

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

Funding Description

The Specialized Secondary Program (SSP) provides start-up funds for the establishment of new, advanced learning opportunities in California high schools. These programs are expected to be a model for standards-based instruction, rich in curriculum content, and provide varied instructional methodologies that emphasize expanded, in depth study of a targeted content area and path.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Each district may submit one SSP application for one comprehensive high school that is not currently receiving SSP funds. The proposed program must be new to the school, serve students in at least grades 10-12, and commit to using technology as an implementation tool only. Students enrolled in an SSP should reflect the demographics of the school. Faculty members in SSPs must develop curriculum, instructional materials, and methodologies that will be made available to other schools in the state.
Other Eligibility Considerations An Intent to Submit form must be sent to the High School Initiatives Office, postmarked by Friday, October 31, 2003.
Eligible Grade Level(s) 9, 10, 11, 12
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Education Code Sections 58800-58806
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2002-03
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 7370 / 8590
Total Available $5,136,000
Recipient Amount $185,000 - $285,000
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula $35,000 for planning year. Subsequently $150,000 to $250,000 total funding over three years for implementation (based on size of school).

Important Dates

Date Application Available September 15, 2003
Due Date December 5, 2003
Expected Notification Date May 1, 2004

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Unavailable
Fiscal Unavailable
Other Unavailable


Program Barbara Weiss, 916-319-0481,
Fiscal Jeanne Geiser, 916-319-0474,
Division Career & College Transition Division, 916-319-0893 (phone), 916-319-0163 (fax)
Last Modified: August 3, 2007
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