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Welcome Norwalk-La Mirada families and community to the 2021-22 school year!
Staff email: Office 365
Alternative Programs & Support » Independent Study & Virtual Programs

Independent Study & Virtual Programs

Now Accepting Applications for the
2021-2022 School Year!
Access the application form HERE
Please submit completed applications via email to Ryan Medina at:
Important information regarding School Meal Distribution for Ind Study/Virtual Students HERE
Independent Study & Virtual Program Overview
The Independent Study and Virtual programs are optional alternatives available to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. This programs are 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 and Virtual programs are actively involved in their own educational process and have the capacity to work at their own pace with the support of credentialed instructors representing all core content areas. 
The programs provide an alternative to students whose educational needs may best be met through academic pursuits outside of the comprehensive classroom setting. Participation in these programs accommodate students' 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 while students enrolled in the Virtual Academy complete all coursework through our online platforms (Acellus/Edgenuity). Students in both programs meet weekly with their teacher during scheduled appointments and have ongoing academic support available throughout the week with their own teacher or with a teacher from any of our content areas. High school students in both programs also have the option to participate in Dual Enrollment courses offered by Cerritos College to earn college, as well as high school credit.
Students have the opportunity to meet with instructors and receive support at our Alternative Education Center beginning in the 2021-2022 school year (formerly Los Coyotes Middle School) in La Mirada and our Community Resource Campus (formerly Huerta Elementary) in Norwalk. Students enrolled in the programs will have the opportunity to participate in in-person activities such as projects for elective courses and science labs. In addition to academic assistance, both locations offer full service counseling and mental health and wellness support; in addition to access to other community resources. 
K-8 Independent Study/Virtual Academy
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. Parents have the ability to choose from traditional Independent Study materials or utilize the Virtual platform (Acellus) we offer students.
Student Responsibilities:
• 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
Parent Responsibilities:
• 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
Alternative Programs & Support Application
The application for the Independent Study/Virtual programs can be found HERE.
Once completed, please email the application to Ryan Medina at:
Teachers:     Staff:      
Kinder - 3rd Cindy De La Torre Director, Alt Programs & Support Ryan Cummins
4th-5th Dana Stibor   Assistant Director, Alt Programs & Support Mark Hunter
6th - 8th April Schuler Secretary     Anna Endara
7th - 12th   Data Clerk     Ryan Medina
9th - 12th Amanda Weed Counselor, Alt Programs & Support Elva Mendoza
9th - 12th Ollie Lynch   Wellness Coordinator   Julianna Taillon