The Model Schools recognition program is sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE), Educational Options Division, in cooperation with the California Continuation Education Association Plus (CCEA Plus).
CDE receives numerous requests from school districts, the media, and other state agencies for a list of effective schools that they may visit. The Model Schools Education Recognition Program identifies and recognizes outstanding alternative education schools and creates a resource list for school visits and other forms of peer mentoring. These schools provide exemplary programs to at-risk youth through the use of innovative instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance and counseling services.
We currently host two “Model Schools” programs:
Model Continuation High School (MCHS)
Model Community Day School (MCDS)
Model School Programs Overview:
- Began in 1990 as a collaboration between the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association Plus (CCEA Plus).
- Identifies and recognizes outstanding programs.
- Creates a resource list of quality programs for visitations and other forms of technical assistance — educators have committed to being mentors for other AltEd educators.
- Identifies individuals to assist with the review and rating of applications and Site Validation Visits.
Requirements and Application
CDE encourages all schools that have been in operation a minimum of two years and meet other eligibility criteria to review their programs and submit an application for statewide recognition.
Selected schools are Model Schools for three years; after that, those schools will need to re-apply.
Model School Readers and Field Experts
Application Readers and visiting Field Experts are selected and vetted by committee and approved by the Board. To become a Reader / Field Expert, please submit an application here. All applicants must be CCEA Plus members in good standing, and be accepted to participate.
Model Schools Annual Gala
We would like to congratulate our current Model Schools! Selected schools are awarded in person at the annual CCEA Conference each April/May. For 2024, the Model School Gala will be Friday, April 26, 2024, in Los Angeles (Burbank).
To purchase a Model School flag, please follow the steps on our FAQs page.