Independent study, whether temporary or long-term, may be just the thing your child needs to be able to progress academically and personally. We’re here to help.

Independent Home Study

We offer parents the opportunity to educate their children in their home environment through the Independent Home Study Program, an alternative public school option for parents of children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Families who would like to participate in this program must receive an individual interview and meet the enrollment criteria.

The district provides:

As part of our agreement, our school district will provide the students with the textbooks, workbooks, supplementary materials, and teacher guides for each subject as required by the California Department of Education. We also provide the curriculum for language arts (reading, spelling, writing, grammar, and oral language skills); math; social studies (history, geography, government, science); physical education; music; and art at no cost. The program also includes the following:

  • Professional guidance
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Grade level assignments
  • Personal focus
  • Parental input
  • Extracurricular activities

Parents agree:

Parents sign a contract that outlines the responsibilities of school and home and agree to provide a quality learning environment for the student. Parents will:

  • set up an appropriate home environment for structure and comfort, to facilitate maximum learning;
  • plan time daily for instruction;
  • keep accurate records for attendance and grades;
  • utilize materials and online support;
  • attend weekly appointment in the IHS office; and
  • foster independence in the child’s learning.

Short Term Independent Study Contract (ISC)

ISC Internal Procedures Summary - CDE Guidelines (BP 6158 and AR 6158)

  • California students are entitled to a free and appropriate public education provided by SUSD as long as their address is within the SUSD boundaries or they are here on an approved transfer request.
  • Any student who will miss five to 15 days is eligible for an ISC.
  • The law does not limit the number of ISCs a parent may request; however, if the student has not completed three days of assignments, SUSD may deny them future ISCs.
  • We receive ADA for every completed minimum day of work on an ISC.
  • A request for longer than 15 days is at the teacher’s discretion and must be approved by the director of student services acting as the superintendent’s designee.
  • The student may work on an ISC anywhere in the world and can take school resources with them to work on it.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Notify the school at least one week in advance or 24 hours in advance for an emergency.
  • Before the absence, complete and sign the ISC contract agreeing to complete all of the work.
  • Pick up the work and any textbooks needed one day prior to the student’s departure.
  • Supervise your child to ensure all of the work is completed before the student’s return to school.
  • Turn in all work to the office within one week of the end of the contract.