Independent Study Contracts

Instruction BP 6158        

Independent Study
The Governing Board authorizes independent study as an optional alternative instructional
strategy by which students in grades K-12 education may reach curriculum objectives and fulfill
graduation requirements. Independent Study also provides students an option to keep up with
their studies when the student will not be able to attend school for various non-medical reasons
for five (5) or more school days. In addition, Independent Study may be used for the reasons
1. To provide opportunities for the pursuit of special or unique educational interests on an
independent, school-supervised basis.
2. To provide outlets for students with special assignments extending the content of regular
course of instruction.
3. To provide volunteer community service activities that support and strengthen student
4. The Administrative Rules and Regulations to be used shall be approved by the
The districts independent study option shall be substantially equivalent in quality and
quantity to classroom instruction, thus enabling students enrolled in Independent Study
to complete the districts adopted course of study within the customary time frame.
The Superintendent or designee shall determine that the prospective Independent Study
student understands and is prepared to meet the districts requirements for Independent
Study. No student receiving special education services may participate in any
Independent Study services or program unless authorized by the Individualized
Educational Plan (IEP) (EC 51745c)
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that a written Independent Study
Agreement, as prescribed by law, exists for each participating student. (EC 51747)
To foster each students success in Independent Study, the Board establishes the
following maximum lengths of time which may elapse between the time an assignment
is made and date by which the student must complete the assigned work shall be as


Instruction BP 6158       
Independent Study
1. For students in grades K-12, Opportunity and Continuation Programs: 10 school
When circumstances justify a longer time, the Superintendent or designee may extend
the maximum length of an assignment to a period not to exceed fifteen (15) school days,
pursuant to a written request with justification.
When any student fails to complete (3) Independent Study assignments, the certificated
supervisor (teacher) shall conduct an evaluation to determine whether it is in the
students best interest to remain in Independent Study. Evaluation findings shall be
kept in the students permanent record.
Legal Reference:
Education Code:
17289 Exemption for building
44865 Qualifications for home teachers and teacher in special
classes and schools; consent to assignment
46300-46300.6 Methods of computing ADA
48220 Classes of children exempted
48340 Improvement of pupil attendance
48915 Expulsion; particular circumstances
48917 Suspension of expulsion order
51225.3 Requirements for high school graduation
51745-51749.3 Independent study programs
52000 Improvement of elementary and secondary education:
legislative intent
52015 School improvement plans: components of plan
52017 Secondary schools: additional plan components
56026 Individual with exceptional needs
Family Code:
6550 Authorization
Code of Regulations, Title 5
11700-11703 Independent Study

Policy Adopted: February 22, 1984
Policy Revised: March 8, 1995
Policy Revised: April 10, 2002
Policy Revised: September 24, 2008



Last Modified on June 26, 2015