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Short-Term Independent Study

Independent Study is an alternative instructional strategy for students whose learning styles, interests, needs, and aptitudes are best accommodated outside the regular classroom setting. No student may be required to enroll in Independent Study and each student must have a continuous classroom option.

Students are taught and are expected to meet the same standards for the core curriculum that regular education students achieve. Independent Study is expected to be equal or superior in quality and quantity to classroom instruction and content. Independent Study students must be highly motivated, self-disciplined and self-directed. They must possess the prior learning and abilities necessary to acquire knowledge and skills with minimal instruction. Parental support and suitable learning environment at home increase a student’s chance for success.

An evaluation and assessment of the student’s ability to succeed in Independent Study must be conducted by qualified school personnel. If Independent Study is determined to be the most appropriate placement for a student, a Master agreement must be signed by the school administrator, the independent study teacher, the student and his/her parent or guardian. The contract is valid for the dates listed; a minimum of 5 days is required. School personnel may deny the parent’s request for Independent Study if the student does not demonstrate the ability of the inclination to be successful in the program. Students and parents who miss appointments or who do not complete the assignments will be dropped and must attend classroom instruction.

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