Independent Studies is designed for students in grades 9–12 who are self-directed and able to work in an independent mode. This program is especially appropriate for students who:
- have a learning style which makes them especially successful when working independently
- need to have a job
- are involved in some specific sport or activity that interferes with a regular school day
- are traveling
- are taking classes at Cabrillo or through R.O.P.
- are pregnant or are new parents
Students must take a minimum of four classes each semester and complete a minimum of twenty hours of academic work per week. Elective credits can be earned for a job or for P.E., but these courses can't be used to fulfill the 20 hour weekly homework requirement.
In addition to the course requirements, students must attend a weekly and meet individually with their teacher weekly, as well. The seminars last for one and a half hours each week, and the individual teacher appointments last one hour each week. During the seminars, students will meet in small groups with their teachers to receive small group instruction, as well as tutorial help and academic and career counseling.
There are no excused absences in Independent Studies, so missed appointments must be covered by a parent and assigned work must be turned at each individual appointment time. Regular attendance is crucial to student achievement. Students must also make adequate progress each semester in earning credits toward graduation.
For enrollment information, please contact Cynthia Carranco at (831) 429-3898 x303.
When you have an enrollment appointment, please download the enrollment forms from the distrct website to bring with you.
Scroll to the bottom of the page, at the following link, to find the forms that you need.
The school district provides a series of accountability reports about the state of our school. Visit this link to view the report.
The credits required in each academic area are as follows:
- English — 40 credits
- Social Studies — 30 credits:
- World History — 10 credits
- U.S. History — 10 credits
- Economics — 5 credits
- American Government — 5 credits
- Science — 20 credits:
- Life Science — 10 credits
- Physical Science — 10 credits
- Math — 20 credits:
- Algebra — 10 credits
- Other math — 10 credits
- Fine/Applied Arts — 25 credits
- Physical Education — 20 credits
- Health — 5 credits
Credits required in elective areas are 35 total credits, as opposed to 70 elective credits required at comprehensive high schools. Total credits required are 190 credits, as opposed to 230 total credits required at comprehensive high schools. In addition, students are required to complete a senior project, as well as a language arts portfolio (commonly known as "LEAP" in the school district).