Independent Study Program (ISP)
According to the California Department of Education:
Independent study is an alternative instructional strategy, not an alternative curriculum. Students work independently, according to a written agreement and under the general supervision of a credentialed teacher. While independent study students follow the district-adopted curriculum and meet the district graduation requirements, independent study offers flexibility to meet individual student needs, interests, and styles of learning.
Independent study is also used as a dropout prevention or recovery mechanism. For a subset of discouraged students who have very little connection with school, independent study can facilitate a turn around in student engagement. This can happen when students develop a close relationship with teachers in a one-on-one setting, and when they are able to take charge of their own learning through a customized approach. Based on diagnostic assessments of their academic achievement, such students are provided the additional assistance they need to be successful in independent study, which may include math and reading labs, tutoring, counseling, and computer-assisted learning.
Independent study program is located at the Saddleback High School campus.
· Individualized program during the school day and late afternoon.
· Credits may be earned for specific high school course requirements.
· Entry is by space availability.
· Application must be submitted, along with a Request for Action, to Pupil Support Services office.
· Accepted student and parent meet with the Program Specialist for orientation and enrollment.
· Student begins ISP
· Student participates in graduation activities and exercises at the home school with the approval of site principal.
· Student receives diploma from home school upon completion of all SAUSD graduation requirements.