To qualify for the State Seal of Civic Engagement, California high school students in their junior and senior year must:
- Be engaged in academic work in a productive way;
- Demonstrate a competent understanding of U.S. and California constitutions; functions and governance of local governments; tribal government structures and organizations; the role of the citizen in a constitutional democracy; and democratic principles, concepts, and processes;
- Participate in one or more informed civic engagement project(s) that address real-world problems and require students to identify and inquire into civic needs or problems, consider varied responses, take action, and reflect on efforts;
- Demonstrate civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions through self-reflection; and
- Exhibit character traits that reflect civic-mindedness and a commitment to positively impact the classroom, school, community and/or society.
Students benefits of Earning a State Seal of Civic Engagement
- Insignia/Seal on the high school diploma
- Engage with local public agencies to identify and research problems and to find viable solutions.
- Earning the diploma insignia is an incentive for students and a signal to colleges and employers that a student has excelled in an area of study.
For Districts and Schools
The SSCE provides students opportunities to engage in cross-disciplinary learning and inquiry around Civic Engagement.
The SSCE align to California’s priorities:
- Student Achievement
- School Climate
- Student Engagement and Reducing Dropout Rate
- Common Core Standards Implementation
- Access to a Broad Course of Study
- LCAP Stakeholder Engagement