What is Independent Study?
Independent study is a different way of learning. In independent study, a student is guided by a teacher but usually does not take classes with other students every day. The student should be able to demonstrate the motivation, commitment, organizational skills, and academic skills to work independently. A student whose academic performance is not a grade level may participate in independent study, only if the school is able to accommodate any support systems, such as supplemental instruction, tutoring, counseling, ongoing diagnostic assessments, and/or differentiated materials, to enable the student to be successful. If a student meets the aforementioned requirements, an intake meeting is scheduled with the RUHS counselor and the principal of alternative education to discuss the program further.
Independent study is available to children and adults. Students who participate in independent study take the same courses as students in regular classes.
Independent study is designed to help students who have health problems, are parents, are gifted, are working, or who find that regular classroom settings do not meet their needs. Students should not be credit deficient, or have attendance or behavior problems to be considered.
ISP Attendance and Completion of Homework
Students, to graduate or return to the high school, you must do the following to keep on track:
- Attend class every week at the scheduled appointment time. (No excused absences in Independent Study)
-If for some reason, you miss your scheduled appointment, you must contact your instructor immediately. If you are under 18-years old, your parent or guardian must contact your instructor to explain the absence.
-I also understand that absences could jeopardize my chances to graduate on time or return to the high school.
- Complete all my assigned homework for the week. (A minimum of 20 hours of homework per week)
-Homework that was not turned in due to an absence must be turned at the next weekly appointment along with the current week’s homework.
-Incomplete assignments may jeopardize your chances to graduate on time or return to the high school.
- All work must be turned in and tests must be taken no later than (1) week prior to the end of the semester or (1) week prior of graduating. This allows more time for make-up work or tests.
- There will be NO back dating of credit i.e. P.E., work experience and homework assignments turned in the next school year and credited the previous school year. To receive credit, all homework assignments/materials must be completed and turned in to your teacher during the current school year.