From an Alameda Unified School District press release:
Is your teenager looking for an alternative to traditional schooling? Independent Study is a good choice for students who like to learn on their own, but may struggle with attendance, relationships, or expectations in a traditional school.
Independent Study is an alternative program for high school students. Instead of attending classes at school, students meet with their teachers 60-90 minutes each week, then complete all assigned work at home. Students must be able to read independently at the 9th grade level, be motivated to work on their own, and be able to attend all assigned weekly meetings. Independent Study relies upon the student being able to read and understand information, solve problems and apply their learning on their own. It is definitely not for everyone, but it can a perfect solution for some learners.
All classes in Independent Study meet state and district standards. We offer all standard high school courses. Most classes meet UC/CSU eligibility requirements; however, we are not currently able to offer laboratory sciences. Graduates receive an AUSD diploma and can participate in graduation ceremonies and many other school activities.
Students in grades nine through 12 who live in Alameda may apply to Independent Study. To find out more and complete an application, you can find Independent Study under the Schools menu at http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/.
All applicants will be invited to an information and orientation meeting at the Educational Options Campus at 1900 Third Street, Alameda.