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Online Independent Study High School

What is the Online Independent Study High School program?
Online Independent Study students receive 1:1 instruction from a Credentialed Teacher and use an online learning system to complete lessons and turn in assignments. Independent Study students receive a school issued Chromebook, community college opportunities, school and teacher field trips.
Are the classes online?
Independent Study students complete classes and assignments online. Students also meet with their teacher on a regular basis for personalized instruction. Every week students are also provided with additional group classes to provide academic support.
How can my student finish high school at home?
Independent Study students complete classes, classwork, and exams online with their teacher’s support. Teacher meetings are conducted online and in public places (coffee shops, libraries, etc.) but for the most part, students complete school assignments at home.
What if my student dropped out of high school?
Students who dropped out of high school may apply provided they are under the age of nineteen (19) at the time of enrollment. For more information, please contact our enrollment team.
How does online Independent Study work?
Independent Study students complete classes and classwork from a standards-based curriculum through our online system with support from a teacher in their area. Students are responsible for completing assignments weekly on their own time, to meet with their teacher every other week, and to contact the teacher for further support. Counselors meet with students to offer support and to ensure students are on track to graduate.
What are Learning Assessments?
Learning Assessments provide students with a clear view of where they stand academically and determine what they’re ready to learn next to build their personalized learning plan. Students in grades nine through eleven will participate in the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP reading and mathematics assessments. Learning Assessments will be referenced in the student’s Master Agreement and will be administered to all Visions students.
If my student is credit deficient can he make up multiple credits?
Visions offers students multiple credit recovery opportunities, including summer school for those who need it. Students work with their counselor/teacher to come up with a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) that fits their educational needs and goals.
Can my student take college courses while enrolled in Visions?
Yes! Our Advanced Education Program (AEP) allows qualified students to take community college courses on top of their high school coursework. Students may take core courses, elective or technical education courses. In many instances, we help cover the costs of these classes (registration and textbooks) while enrolled. For more information, see our Support Services page.
Are Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses (also called ROP) available?
Visions In Education partners with community colleges throughout our service area to offer Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. Visions students receive hands-on occupational and technical training in a wide variety of fields, including automotive mechanics, medical, and more. For more information, please see our Support Services page.
Can my student work while attending Visions?
Independent Study provides a flexible option for students looking to work and earn their diploma. Students with good attendance and in good academic standing may apply for a work permit through Visions In Education.
Does Visions offer high school dances and other social opportunities?
Visions students enjoy all the social opportunities other high school students have and many more. These include dances, athletic events, and extracurricular writing classes. Activities vary by academy, but all students are given opportunities to socialize and make new friends.
Can I graduate early?
This will depend on the student’s unique circumstance and personalized educational plan developed with the student’s counselor. Students must receive approval from their Principal to ensure early graduation.
Can my student take driver’s education classes?
Yes! Independent Study students can take Driver’s Education for FREE. Visions In Education utilizes a California DMV approved, internet-based, course. This online course covers the ground rules of road and vehicle safety, with an emphasis on capable and efficient driving.
How can students be successful in the online Independent Study high school program?
Learn about what it takes to succeed at Visions here.

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