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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
April 4, 2022

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 Plus (CCEA Plus).

The MCHS Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding continuation high schools and creates a resource list for school visits and other forms of peer mentoring. 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 2022–23. 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 Friday, September 16, 2022, 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 Plus MCHS Model School Recognition Program web page at The packet includes instructions for completing the application and required forms, reference materials, and instructions for submitting the application via the CDE exFiles Transfer System. Applications are due to the CDE by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022.

In addition, the CDE will be hosting a webinar, scheduled to be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, for prospective applicants. Any principal interested in applying may participate or whomever they appoint to attend in their place. The webinar will provide information regarding the application and the application process. To sign up for the webinar and receive the required login information, check for scheduling and details on the CDE MCHS Recognition Program web page at

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 Plus State Conference.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Dan Sackheim,

Education Programs Consultant, Educational Options Office, by phone at 916-323-2183 or by email at



Mary Nicely
Chief Deputy Superintendent


Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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