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CEC Notice of Nondiscrimination

Welcome-About San Joaquin High School

In 1981 the Irvine Unified School District created an Independent Study Program and was renamed San Joaquin High School in 1988. San Joaquin High School is an optional, alternative blended learning program where students are required to meet with a teacher for a minimum of one hour per course, per week, at the scheduled weekly meetings.  Some courses may require additional “on-site” time.  Additional supervised time may be required, depending on individual student and program needs.  Additionally, a student is required to do a minimum of 20 hours per week of assigned homework to remain in and successful in independent study.   

To be successful, a student must exhibit maturity, personal discipline, and independence. The amount of on-site, school class work may vary according to student needs as determined by the teacher.

Independent study is an optional educational alternative that students voluntarily select. All students who choose independent study must have the continuing option of returning to a district-assigned classroom. For students that choose to enroll or have not met the terms of their master agreement will be have the option of enrolling in Creekside High School during the semester and at the end of each semester, if the student has met the requirements of enrolling in their home high school, they may request a meeting with their counselor to thoroughly check the viability of return. Counselors will then present to CEC administration for approval to return.

Success in Independent Study requires motivation and a strong commitment on the part of the student and, especially for a young student, his/her parents or guardian. Independent Study utilizes an instructional strategy that addresses individual needs and styles of learning. A contractual agreement is made between the certificated teacher as the general instructional supervisor, the student, and his/her parent or guardian. The written agreement sets educational objectives, resources to be used, and a method to evaluate successful completion of the agreement. State law provides that the education that students receive in Independent Study be at least equal in quality and quantity to that offered in a traditional classroom setting.

Independent Study is not an easier way to earn credits or a quick way to graduate. Independent Study is an alternative to classroom instruction, not an alternative curriculum. Independent Study requires a high degree of personal responsibility. Students who do not meet the school expectations will be withdrawn and referred to another placement.

If a student fails to complete three independent study assignments, misses three scheduled meetings, or falls behind 60 or more hours in independent study assignments, an evaluation of enrollment will be conducted to determine whether it is in the student’s best interest to continue in independent study.  The purpose of the meeting is to ensure the school, parents and students understand the master agreement, attendance requirements, and consequences if enrollment in the independent study program were to continue.  At the meeting it will be determined if:

Creekside Education Center process for course approval must be followed for all courses taken outside of San Joaquin High School.

Independent Study is not an easier way to earn credits or a quick way to graduate. Independent Study is an alternative to classroom instruction, not an alternative curriculum. Independent Study requires a high degree of personal responsibility. Students who do not meet the school expectations will be withdrawn and referred to another placement.