About Independent Study

The primary aim of independent study is to offer a means of individualizing the educational plan for pupils whose needs may be best met through study outside the regular classroom setting. Independent study is an alternative to classroom instruction consistent with the San Marcos Unified School district's course of study and is not an alternative curriculum.

We are an open entry/open exit program. Students will receive high school credit for all work completed and can graduate as soon as they have completed the requirements. With this in mind, acceleration of the academic program is a possibility.

Participation in independent study must be a voluntary choice made by the parent or caregiver. All pupils who are motivated to achieve educationally as well as or better than they would in the regular classroom may choose independent study.

Independent study is not for everyone. Strong reading and writing skills aid the students in competently completing assignments. Possessing sufficient self-discipline and self-direction to remain focused on learning tasks ensures student success. While this alternative instructional strategy is not necessarily appropriate for every pupil, Foothills encourages daily attendance and offers students assistance in order to develop these required skills.



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