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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 2021–22 MCHS Recognition Program. Applications must be submitted to the CDE electronically as a single PDF via the CDE exFiles File Transfer System. (See application for specific instructions.) Applications must be received by no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Document Description
Invitation Letter Letter inviting principals of continuation high schools to apply for the 2021–22 MCHS Recognition Program
Intent to Submit Online form will close on Friday, September 17, 2021, at 4 p.m.
MCHS Recognition Program Application (DOCX) 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

When: Friday, July 23, 2021, from 9-11 a.m. (Pacific Time)

Topic: 2021-22 MCHS Application

Register in advance for this webinar: Registration Link External link opens in new window or tab.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Information Regarding Prior Webinar: The webinar held on May 26, 2021, provided an overview of the 2021-22 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 that was shared during the webinar.

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: Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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