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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
May 3, 2019

Dear Continuation Education High School Principals:

Model Continuation High School Recognition Program

I invite you to participate in the Model Continuation High School (MCHS) Recognition Program sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) in collaboration with the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA).

The MCHS Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding continuation high schools and creates a resource list for school visits. These model schools provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services.

Please review the eligibility criteria for the MCHS Recognition Program for 2019–20. Principals who intend to submit an application must complete the Intent to Submit form online at in order to be considered for model school status. The online form will close on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Submission of the online form does not obligate the principal to submit an application.

The self-nomination application packet is available on the CDE MCHS Recognition Program web page at and on the CCEA MCHS web page at External link opens in new window or tab.. The packet includes instructions for completing the application, reference materials, and the forms to be submitted.

Successful applicants will be identified through an application evaluation and site visit process. As in previous years, we will recognize and present awards to successful MCHS Recognition Program applicants at the annual CCEA State Conference.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Jacie Ragland, Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options Office, by phone at 916-323-2568 or by email at


Catalina Cifuentes, Deputy Superintendent

Teaching and Learning Support Branch


Last Reviewed: Friday, May 3, 2019

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