Welcome to Ark Independent Studies

Ark Independent Studies is a fully accredited public alternative high school; a school of choice offered through the Santa Cruz City School District. Students come to the Ark for a seminar and an advisory every other week, as well as for individual meetings with their teachers on alternate weeks. During that time, students are given specific assignments, and course work is corrected and evaluated. Students meet in very small groups with their teachers to receive small group instruction, as well as tutorial help and academic and career counseling. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours each week completing their assignments at home, in addition to attending their seminar classes at the Ark. Assignments are tailored to fit the individual student's interests and learning style. The program is available to self-disciplined and motivated students in grades 9–12 who are working toward a high school diploma.

Ark Independent Studies is accredited by WASC — (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Accrediting Commission for Schools.

Our Location

Ark Independent Studies is located at the corner of Branciforte and Water Streets (840 North Branciforte Avenue), on the second floor of the Branciforte Small Schools Campus (BSSC) main building, in Rooms 7 and Room 9. Ark I.S. students are welcome to come to the Ark classrooms and to the BSSC Library to work on school assignments and projects, using our modern facilities in this historic setting.

Ark Independent Studies shares a campus with three other small schools. You can read about our campus on the Branciforte Small Schools Campus website.

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