Independent Study

Independent Study

Program Overview

The Adelanto School District Independent Study program serves families who are seeking educational alternatives for a regular classroom setting. The Independent Study program is consistent with the school district’s course of study and is not an alternative curriculum.  Students participating in the program are considered enrolled in a public school and are able to make use of district services.

Independent Study has the goal of offering parents the opportunity to teach their children, in their homes, using state adopted curriculum provided by the school district.  Credentialed teachers are provided to facilitate the development of curriculum, give guidance, support and supervision.

There are a few basic requirements that all parents must agree to in order for their children to participate in the Independent Study Program.

1.  The student must be taught the same subjects that would be taught at his/her grade level in school.

2.  The student must work the required number of minutes per day:

  • Kindergarten           180 minutes
  • Grades 1 - 3            230 minutes
  • Grades 4 - 8            240 minutes

3.  Parents will be provided with answer keys, as available, so they may correct their child’s work and correct tests.

4.  The parent and student must attend a meeting with the teacher each week for a minimum of 1 hour.

5.  The school district teacher collects the corrected tests as well as samples of student work, each week, to maintain a portfolio of the students’ work.

Enrollment Process

1.      Parent(s)/Guardian(s) contact the Independent Study Office.

2.      An Advisory and Enrollment meeting is scheduled.

3.      If the program is appropriate for the student, then

a.      Enrollment paperwork is completed

b.      The student is assessed academically

c.       Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and student complete the contract

4.      The student begins the program on the scheduled date


California Department of Education Independent Study webpage