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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, 2019 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: Thursday, May 14, 2020, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Topic: 2020-21 MCHS Recognition Program

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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 Yvonne Evans, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options Office, by email at CONTINUATIONEDUC@cde.ca.gov.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 19, 2020