California State Seal of Civic Engagement

The State Seal of Civic Engagement in California & SLUSD

The California State Seal of Civic Engagement is a seal affixed to graduating seniors' transcripts that signifies civic learning through academics and community engagement. Civic learning promotes the ideals of knowledge, participation in civic and democratic processes, and addressing public problems to strengthen communities.  The SSCE elevates civic engagement as a goal for California graduates. In SLUSD, we believe that Civic learning opportunities should be provided to students at every grade level and integrated into the curriculum. We pride ourselves on supporting students who are ready for this call: critical thinkers and communicators with healthy minds and bodies, who demonstrate ethical and cultural leadership in collaboration with each other and their communities.  We want to see our students understand how many societies work so they can practice participating and taking informed civic action themselves.

State Seal of Civic Engagement Student Criteria

See the California Department of Education ( for additional implementation guidance for each of the criteria.

How to meet Criteria 1 & 2

How to meet Criteria 3

Check out this list of example activities you can include in your application.  Remember, this list doesn't cover everything!  If your participation addresses real-world problems related to the rights and responsibilities of our community, then you can include it!

How to meet Criteria 4

How to meet Criteria 5

Why You Should Apply for the State Seal of Civic Engagement

You're the kind of person who cares for your community, knows how people can participate in the community, and has shown your knowledge and care through action of your own.  YOU DESERVE RECOGNITION!  

That recognition will go a long way: employers and colleges want to hire and admit folks who care!  The State Seal is an award that you can point to as evidence of your knowledge, your participation, and your care for the community.

Did we mention the bling?  When you meet the requirements, you'll receive:

Application available now:

Click here to apply. Deadline is April 30, 2024