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Model Continuation High School Recognition Program

Honors outstanding continuation high schools for their comprehensive programs and provides a list of model continuation high schools for school visitations.

The Model Continuation High School (MCHS) Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding programs and creates a resource list of quality programs for school visitations. These schools provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services. The California Department of Education (CDE) encourages continuation high schools that meet the eligibility criteria to submit an application to the MCHS Recognition Program.

Application Packet

Invitation letter, intent to submit, application, and forms for the 2020–21 MCHS Recognition Program. Applications are due to the CDE by no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Document Description
Invitation Letter Letter inviting principals of continuation high schools to apply for the 2020–21 MCHS Recognition Program
Intent to Submit Online form will close on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 4 p.m.
MCHS Recognition Program Application (DOCX; Revised 17-Jul-2020) Overview and Instructions to complete the application
Attachment A (PDF) Application Cover Sheet (Either a wet signature or electronic signature will be accepted.)
Attachment B (PDF) School Information Sheet
Attachment C (PDF) Certification Form (Either a wet signature or electronic signature will be accepted.)
Attachment D (PDF) Glossary
Attachment E (PDF) Quality Indicators (Self-Evaluation)
Attachment F (PDF) Exemplary Components Checklist
Attachment G (PDF) Application Checklist

Webinar Information

Webinar Recording External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 44:11)
A recording of the MCHS Recognition Program Webinar held on May 14, 2020. The webinar provided an overview of the 2020-21 MCHS Application, how to complete the application, and the application review process. The link below is for the Accessible, Section 508 Compliant Version of the PowerPoint.

Annual Assurance of Services Forms for Current MCHSs

Schools selected as MCHSs are required to submit an Annual Assurance of Services Form to the CDE by June 30 for each of the second and third years of designation. This form certifies that the school meets or exceeds the MCHS Recognition Program standards. Links to Annual Assurance of Services Forms for current MCHSs are provided below.

Due to current working conditions related to COVID-19, forms may include either wet or electronic signatures and may also be submitted to Dan Sackheim, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options Office, by email at

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 8, 2021