High School Independent Study Program Overview
Independent Study is an optional alternative available to students from 9th grade through 12th grade. This program is in response to the needs of the student, their interests, aptitudes, and abilities. As an alternative, it is expected to be equal or superior in quality to traditional classroom instruction. The objective is for each student to reach the highest level of educational achievement possible on an individualized basis. Students in Independent Study are actively involved in their own educational process and have the capacity to work at their own pace with the support of the Independent Study instructors. The Independent Study program provides an alternative to students whose educational needs may best be met through academic pursuits outside of the comprehensive classroom setting. Participation in this program accommodates student’s physical attendance in school and promotes independence and resourcefulness for students who hold intrinsic academic motivation. The Independent Study program in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District provides students the opportunity to learn through traditional curriculum as well as via online platforms.
For enrollment procedures, grading guidelines, timelines, and assessments; please refer to the High School Independent Study Handbook guide below.
K-8 Independent Study
The K-8 Independent Study program is designed to support parents who choose to instruct their child or children at home. Parents provide direction and monitor student progress, and instructional strategies are responsive to the individual learning needs of the student. A credentialed instructor oversees and works closely with each parent and provides the appropriate educational materials. All curricular materials are NLMUSD board-approved and align with the core curriculum districtwide.
• Participate in meeting their educational goals
• Work on assignments/core subjects daily
• Have cooperative attitudes toward parent/teacher guidance
• Complete assigned work to meet all due dates
• Provide an environment that is conducive to student learning
• Provide direct instruction and supervision of student learning based on district approved curriculum
• Keep records of student activities • Participate with student in scheduled weekly conferences with the instructor
For enrollment procedures and more information, please refer to the K-8 Independent Study Handbook guide below.