How do I apply to the Independent Study Academy?

For registration information contact our office.

phone:

(707) 649-3950 

email:

atownsend@vallejo.k12.ca.us 

in person:

1347 Amador St.

 

Enrollment is limited. If we do not have space your child will be added to our waiting list. We will notify you when space becomes available.

General Information

Mission Statement

Vallejo Independent Study Academy provides secondary students with a unique alternative school environment offering innovative technology-based courses that satisfy the VCUSD graduation requirements and meet their academic, social and personal goals.

Vision Statement

Independent Study prepares students to be active learners, skilled workers, and responsible community members.

 

General Information

What is independent study?

Independent study is an alternative instruction model for eligible students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting. It provides students with a plan that enables them to reach curriculum objectives and fulfill district graduation requirements within the same time frame as students who attend comprehensive high schools. Independent study is not the same as home schooling. Independent Study is a school district monitored program. Students are required to meet once a week, or more often, with teachers to ensure that they are completing work and meeting district requirements.

 

What are the pathways offered at Independent Study Academy?

Independent Study Academy offers two pathways. Click on the title to find information about the pathway.

In both pathways students will work independently at home and also meet weekly with credentialed teachers to provide instruction and support for learning. 

 

Where is the Independent Study Academy located?

The Independent Study Academy is located at 1347 Amador Street. (Previously this was the Vallejo Middle School campus.) We do share facilities with several other programs, however, the main office is easily found in the administration building.

 

Who is eligible to enroll in Independent Study?

Students who are eligible to enroll in VCUSD may participate in the Independent Study Academy. Enrollment is voluntary. Students who find success in independent studies demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • motivation 
  • commitment 
  • focus
  • study skills 
  • ability to work independently

Support is provided to students whose academic performance is not at grade level.

 

If your student is eligible for special education, you should consult with your student's case manager. Special education students may not participate in independent study unless it is specified as an instructional method in their IEP. Changes in placement or instructional methods require an IEP team meeting. Request that the case manager invite Ms. Bright meeting so the IEP team can make an informed determination about independent study and your child. 

 

How do students know what to study?

When a student enrolls with Independent Study Academy the student, parent and teacher all sign a Written Agreement that outlines the courses that the student will take and the expectations of students in the program. During the meeting the teacher will show the student:

  • what to study
  • how to submit work
  • what materials to use
  • how to get support 

A new Written Agreement is completed for each semester of enrollment at Independent Study Academy.

 

What happens if a student does not meet the terms of the agreement?

If a student is not able to meet the terms of the Written Agreement support will be provided and parents/guardians will be notified. When students frequently miss assignments and teacher meetings an evaluation will be conducted to determine if independent study is an appropriate placement. The evaluation may result in the termination of the student's participation in independent study and return to a regular school program. 

 

How do we apply for independent study?

The first step is to apply. Click here to access our application in English or Spanish  for the 2018-19 school year. Space in independent study is limited. If you apply and we do not currently have space your child will be placed on a waiting list. You will be notified when space becomes available. Students under the age of 18 are expected to be enrolled and attending school full time under California Education code; do not unenroll your child from school until you are notified of acceptance.