California State Seal of Civic Engagement

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.


What is the purpose of a state seal of civic engagement? What is the purpose of the State Seal of Civic Engagement     Recognize young people who are already participating in and are knowledgeable about our democracy     Encourage and create pathways for students to become civically engaged in democratic governmental institutions at the local, state, and national levels
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.


to qualify for the State Seal of Civic Engagement a student must demonstrate:     Engagement  Be engaged in academic work in a productive way;     Democracy  Demonstrate a competent understanding of U.S. and California constitutions; functions and governance of local governments including tribal governments; the role of the citizen in a constitutional democracy; and democratic principles, concepts, and processes;     Participation  Participate in one or more civic engagement project(s) that address real world problems; identify and inquire into civic needs or problems, consider varied responses, take action, and reflect on efforts;     Demonstration  Demonstrate civic knowledge, skills and dispositions through self-reflection;     Character Traits  Exhibit character traits that reflect civic-mindedness and a commitment to positive impact the classroom, school, community, and/or society.Our collectionOur collection

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