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Independent Studies

Independent study (California Education Code [EC] sections 51745–51749.3) is provided as an alternative instructional strategy, not an alternative curriculum. Independent study students work independently, according to a written agreement and under the general supervision of a credentialed teacher or teachers. It provides continued academic instruction for students who are temporarily unable to attend their regular classes due to travel, health issues, family commitments, or other reasons.

A written agreement is signed by the student, parent/guardian, and school officials outlining the responsibilities of each party, the duration of the study, and the assignments to be completed. The agreement ensures accountability and clarifies expectations. Students are marked present for attendance purposes based on the completion and submission of assigned work. Detailed records are kept to track student progress and compliance with the independent study plan.

Students work independently on their assignments but have access to support from an assigned independent study teacher. Periodic check-ins are scheduled to review progress and provide assistance as needed. Students are expected to complete all assigned work within the agreed timeframe to receive full credit. Upon returning to school, students rejoin their regular class and resume their standard curriculum. 
For more information, contact Ms. Wendy Carvajal at 626-453-3700 ext. 3652.
Short-term independent study programs can range from a few days to several weeks, but typically not exceeding 14 consecutive school days.Requires self-discipline and motivation from students. Limited direct interaction with teachers and peers. Not suitable for long-term educational needs.