California Department of Education – Specialized Secondary Programs
The California Department of Education will begin accepting applications to the Specialized Secondary Programs grant program on July 30.
Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) provides start-up funds for the establishment of new specialized programs in grades nine through twelve in California high schools. The programs are expected to develop new standards-based model curriculum that promote an in-depth study of a targeted content area. The Legislature intends for SSP to benefit the state economy by having schools located in close proximity to related industries. Funding is available for planning and implementing new programs.
Eligible applicants are Local Educational Agencies (LEA).
The proposed program must be new to the school and serve students in at least two consecutive grades nine through twelve. All California public high schools including continuation high schools, county offices of education, consortia of LEAs, and direct-funded charter schools, are eligible to apply for SSP planning grants.
Other Eligibility ConsiderationsThe SSP funding cannot be used to supplement an existing California Partnership Academy, Linked Learning pathway, or other existing programs, competitions, or clubs at the school. The SSP funding is for new and innovative programs. High schools that currently have these types of programs may apply for a SSP grant if the focus of the SSP is significantly different from that of the existing programs (e.g.) an unrelated/different pathway.
There is no grant match requirement.