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Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

To be eligible for the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma, students must be receiving a high school diploma from their district and have earned designated results on six qualifying examinations.

Golden State Seal Procedures Letter (Dated 24-Jan-2019)
Letter to high school and unified school district superintendents and charter school administrators.

Golden State Seal Eligibility Requirements
Criteria for eligibility for award.

Certification of Award Summary Sheet (PDF)
Spreadsheet for recording qualifying scores, for local use only.

Golden State Seal Request Form (PDF)
For district or charter school use. Must be signed and returned to CDE. Return address is on page 2.

Promotional Flyer | Promotional Flyer (PDF)
Provides information on the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma.

Questions and Answers
Golden State Seal Merit Diploma FAQs.

Questions:   Michelle Glipa | gssmd@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0784
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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