Eligibility for Short Term Independent Study
Provided that experienced certificated staff are available to effectively supervise students in independent study, the Superintendent or designee may approve the participation of a student who demonstrates the motivation, commitment, organizational skills, and academic skills necessary to work independently. A student whose academic performance is not at grade level may participate in independent study only if the school is able to provide appropriate support, such as supplemental instruction, tutoring, counseling, ongoing diagnostic assessments, and/or differentiated materials, to enable the student to be successful. For an elementary student, the Superintendent or designee may consider the parent/guardian’s level of commitment to assist the student. Parents/guardians of students who are interested in independent study should contact the principal or designee. Approval for participation shall be based on the following criteria:
- 1. Complete the independent study application process.
- 2. Parent and student shall meet with the School Coordinator of Alternative Education or designee to determine if independent study is the best education alternative for the student
- 3. Evidence that the student will work independently to complete the program (good attendance and 2.0 GPA for Grades 6-12 and performing at or above grade level for Grades K-5).
- 4. Availability of experienced certificated staff with adequate time to effectively supervise the student.
- 5. Student and parent meet with the supervising teacher at the appointed time to begin independent study.
According to Board Policy 6158 for Short-Term School-Based Independent Study the following is the maximum length of times which may elapse between the date and an assignment is made and the date by which the student must complete the assigned work.
- One week for students in grades K-3
- Two weeks for students in grades 4-8
- Three weeks for students in grades 9-12