The way in which independent study is delivered depends on the grade level
of the student. 1st grade through 8th grade students meet one hour a week
with the teacher. A parent must attend with the child during each weekly
meeting. In this model, parents are acting in the capacity of a home school teacher
and work cooperatively with the certificated teacher. For students enrolled in
9th through 12th grades, students meet for two hours a week with a certificated
teacher in small groups. Parents are not required to attend with the student
but are required to commit to supervising the completion of the weekly
Grades and Attendance
Students' grades are based on weekly school work assignments,
projects, tests and quizzes. Attendance is
based on the time value of the work completed and is closely monitored to meet
the Education Code requirements for independent study. Students who do not
complete the weekly assignments or fail to attend their monitoring appointments two
times will be reviewed by the coordinator and may be returned to their home
school as per the Education Code and Board Policy.
RSP services are available for students who qualify for enrollment in
independent study. An IEP must be held prior to referral to independent study with an ALC staff member in attendance as part of the IEP team to determine that independent study is an appropriate placement.
Length of Program
Students in 1st through 8th grades are allowed to continue in independent
study each year based on availability of space, adherence to independent study
guidelines, and academic success. Students in high school (grades 9 - 12) can remain enrolled in independent study for up to 1 school year working toward meeting their high
school diploma requirements. Additional years are allowed based on student success during the previous school year and at staff discretion.
Tutoring is typically available five days a week to answer questions and work
with students in small groups. Tutoring times vary, so please check the
schedule. There is always a teacher available from 8:00 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m. to assist students as necessary.
Students' weekly appointments are scheduled five days a week between the
hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as space is available.
Weekly appointment times that meet the families' personal requests are accommodated if slots
are available. Students will be required, throughout the year, to attend times
other than their primary appointment time due to holidays and California state testing
requirements. Prior notification is given regarding these changes.