• 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