On September 10, 2020, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted criteria and guidance to award a State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) to California students who demonstrate excellence in civics education and participation, and an understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the democratic system of government. By adopting these criteria, California joined a small but growing number of states that formally recognize and promote student civic engagement with seals to affix to student transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of completion.
High school students may submit an application for the State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) by contacting their school’s counseling department. In addition to the application, students will also be asked to identify an adult reference who is knowledgeable about the student’s project and can speak to the impact the activities have left on the community. Please see below for this year’s due dates and deadlines.