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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 2023–24 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 Wednesday, September 6, 2023. The CDE will perform an initial review of applications. This will allow participants to ensure that the single PDF submitted in the exFiles File Transfer System is complete and has been uploaded properly. Corrected applications are due for final submission to the CDE by 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023.

Document Description
Invitation Letter Letter inviting principals of continuation high schools to apply for the 2023–24 MCHS Recognition Program
Intent to Submit Online form will close on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 4 p.m.
MCHS Recognition Program Application (DOCX) Overview and Instructions to complete and submit the application
Attachment A (PDF) Application Cover Sheet (Either an electronic signature or typed name will be accepted.)
Attachment B (PDF) School Information Sheet
Attachment C (PDF; Updated 15-May-2023) Certification Form (Either an electronic signature or typed name 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

The webinar held on May 3, 2023, provided an overview of the 2023-24 MCHS Application, how to complete the application, and the application review process. The link below is for the PowerPoint from 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 an electronic signature or typed name and must be submitted to Dan Sackheim, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options Office, by email at

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 12, 2024