California State Seal of Civic Engagement 


State Seal of Civic Engagement Criteria

To qualify for the State Seal of Civic Engagement, California high school students in their junior and senior year must: 

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


All California students, particularly those from historically marginalized communities, will have early and frequent access throughout their PK-12 education to high-quality civic learning opportunities that enable students to learn about civic and political issues, discuss and deliberate issues while considering multiple viewpoints, and to take informed action to work with others to address real world problems.

state seal purpose

civic learning definition

In a constitutional democracy, productive civic engagement requires knowledge of the history, principles, and foundations of our American democracy, and the ability to participate in civic and democratic processes. People demonstrate civic engagement when they address public problems individually and collaboratively and when they maintain, strengthen, and improve communities and societies. …

Civics is not limited to the study of politics and society; it also encompasses participation in classrooms and schools, neighborhoods, groups, and organizations. …Civics enables students not only to study how others participate, but also to practice participating and taking informed action themselves.

California History–Social Science Framework


Since the CA State Seal of Civic Engagement program is new, the application process is still being developed and varies by county, school district, even school.  The portal is intended to be community-centered template or tool (based on one early adopter district's process) for students to manage their application process, find and share information/resources.  It's also a tool/template administrators can use to implement or think about their own program.