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Independent Study Program

Independent Study Program (ISP)
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For the 2021-22 school year, Independent Study is an optional educational alternative program, available to 9th-12th grade students throughout the district whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction or who are eligible as per a specific need verified by district staff.
 
Students meet with a designated teacher for one hour per week.  Credits are earned through the completion of course contracts and/or online.  
 

What is it?
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For the 2021-22 school year, Independent Study is an optional educational alternative program, available to 9th - 12th grade students throughout the district, whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction or who are eligible as per a specific need verified by district staff.
 
Attendance records are based on a student's work within the terms and conditions of his or her written course agreement and not on traditional "seat-time."
 
Daily attendance tracking is required as measured by work completion.
 

How does it work?
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Students are assigned course contracts and/or online courses based on the required coursework needed to earn a high school diploma. Assigned work is completed by the student at home (asynchronously) and during the scheduled time with their assigned teacher of record.  Students meet for synchronous instruction (via video conferencing, in-person, or telephone) with their designated ISP teacher for one hour per week to complete work and receive instructional support.  Course contracts and online courses are evaluated by the student’s teacher of record and the student is issued credit based on successful completion and mastery of objectives within the course contract. All core coursework is UC/CSU A-G aligned.
 

How does my student request Independent Study (ISP)?
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To request ISP, please click on the electronic submission form (see link in "Request for ISP Form") or you can request a hard copy from your student’s school of attendance. Upon receipt of the form, you will be contacted to schedule a meeting with the student’s school counselor where more detailed information about ISP will be shared including student’s rights regarding enrolling, disenrolling, and re-enrolling.
 
 
For more information about the Independent Study Program, contact:
 
Jennifer Ceja cejaj@esuhsd.org
Jenner Perez perezj@esuhsd.org
Contact # 408-347-5211
 
 
A student’s participation in independent study shall be voluntary. Students participating in independent study shall have the right, at any time, to enter or return to the regular in-person classroom mode of instruction.
(Education Code 5147; 5 CCR 11700)