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Short Term Independent Study

Independent Study

Independent Study (IS) is an optional instructional strategy for students in grades TK - 12, using standards-based, grade-level content. It is not an alternative curriculum and is designed to teach the knowledge and skills of the core curriculum (CA Ed Code 51745[a][3]). 

Students may participate in grades TK - 12, or per IEP recommendations, if the student receives special education services. Independent Study is always the choice of the family as participation cannot be mandated. Pursuant to CA Ed Code 48915 & 48917, students who are suspended or expelled may participate in Independent Study only if the student is offered the alternative of classroom instruction.

SBCUSD Independent Study Options

SBCUSD currently offers independent study programs through Virtual Academy and Short-Term Independent Study. Virtual Academy is considered the district’s long term independent study option. 

Short Term Independent Study

Short-Term Independent Study is an educational option for students who will be absent for one (1) to fifteen (15) days. The Short-Term Independent Study option has to be substantially equivalent in quality and quantity to classroom instruction CA Ed Code 51745(a)(3). 

Is Independent Study Available for Students with Disabilities? Yes, independent study is an option for all students with disabilities, provided that the student’s needs are evaluated and it is determined if a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) can be provided with support in independent study. A student must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that specifically provides for participation in independent study prior to participation per CA Ed Code 57145(c). 

FAMILIES: To participate in Short-Term Independent Study, caregivers should contact their child’s school.

STAFF: For access to the ‘Short Term Independent Study guiding documents, please email:

Angela Urquidies, Director
Dora Tanya Burrows, Coordinator
Marisa Ruiz, Bilingual Secretary III         Maryellen Hernandez, Bil. Senior Clerk
Gricelda Tapia, Bilingual Clerk

We are located at:
Lincoln ES Rooms E-201 & E-202 & E-203
255 W. 13th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92405

Contact Information:
Phone: (909) 880-6850
Fax: (909)383-0634