SITE SUPERVISED INDEPENDENT STUDY
When it is necessary for a student to have a variation from attendance in regularly scheduled classes in the school’s program, he/she may be assigned to a course in Independent Study for the subject area of need. Independent Study classes may be assigned according to the following guidelines:
The student has a need to take a District-approved course that is not currently offered at the school, or if offered, is not available to the student because of schedule conflicts.
The student has demonstrated an ability to work independently, with less-than-normal contact with the instructor.
The curriculum for the Independent Study class, including materials, objectives, and student evaluation procedures are comparable to those of regularly scheduled classes in that same subject matter area.
Parental consent is obtained for the student to participate.
A qualified instructor is available to monitor student progress on a regular basis and evaluate his/her performance in terms of grades and semester units earned.
There is a clear understanding of the following concepts: length of time the class will last, maximum number of units to be earned, frequency of student-teacher contact, progress reports during the class, and final grade reports at the end of the class.
Independent Study classes may be offered during a summer session for students who are delinquent in credits who need to complete course work in a variety of subject areas. In these summer courses, the regular rules for summer school attendance will apply.
Site Supervised Independent Study Procedures
The parent/guardian completes the appropriate forms:
(a) parent/guardian of the student completes form ISP100 (Request for Participation in Independent Study Plan);
(b) administration and parent/guardian have a conference and complete form ISP101 (Contract for Independent Study).
The administrator makes a teacher/consultant assignment and makes arrangements for initial teacher/consultant, parent and student conference(s).
The teacher/consultant adheres to the following procedures:
(a) at the initial conference, schedules the student for a weekly appointment for one (1) hour;
(b) completes form 1SP102 (Weekly Assignment), including:
(1) date of assignment;
(2) course title;
(4) activities to reach objectives;
(6) estimated hours to complete work:
Kindergarten – 15 hours/week
Grades 1- 3 – 18 hours/week
Grades 4-12 – 20 hours/week
Continuation – 18 hours/week
At the first scheduled appointment and each one thereafter, the teacher/consultant:
(a). reviews the week’s work and makes adjustments and corrections;
(b) explains the next week’s work and makes appropriate assignments;
(c) completes another ISP102 or daily lesson plan for the ensuing week.
Between appointments, the teacher/consultant:
(a) grades the materials and records the student’s assigned grade on the ISP102 or daily lesson plans with the hours earned;
(b) writes an evaluation comment on the ISP102 or daily lesson plans.
The teacher/consultant files the ISP102 or daily lesson plans with the school office and maintains a work file on the student.
The school office is to keep attendance on the ISP102 or daily lesson plans (Independent Study Attendance Accounting Record). Monthly reports are to be made on attendance. Copies of the ISP103 are to be sent to the District Office.
All records are to be kept together in one folder in the school office for auditing purposes (ISP100, 101, 102, 103).
(Former BP 6112.1)