Grades 9-12 Virtual Academy (I.S)

Grades 9-12 Virtual Academy (Independent Studies)

For pupils in grades 9 to 12, inclusive, independent study includes a plan to provide opportunities for at least weekly synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year.

Synchronous instruction is defined as: Classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications, and involving live two-way communication between the teacher and pupil.

 Horizon School is an Independent Studies school that strives to have the resources to make learning a positive experience. 

  • Independent Studies is an alternative to classroom instruction consistent with a school district's course of study and is not alternative curriculum.  
  • Assignments are weeklong assignments and are comparable to a 5-day setting at a traditional school.
  • All students would be registered as Horizon School students.
  • Horizon's Independent Studies is committed to providing educational programs that meet individual needs and academic abilities using an alternative approach to learning, as well as allowing students to progress and graduate free of the constraints of a comprehensive campus.
  • No attendance boundaries; open enrollment; voluntary program.
  • Full WASC accreditation; UC and A-G approved courses.
  • One-to-one instruction; small group instruction.
  • Weekly appointments allow for flexibility and eliminates time constraints.
  • Students will be on zoom/google meet from 8:30am to 12:40pm on their appointment day.  
  • Students spend a minimum of one day a week receiving direct instruction from highly qualified teachers and attend one (1) hours labs for English, Math and Science courses.  
  • Blended learning model is a mix of traditional instruction and curriculum delivered through instruction via digital and online media.
  • Concurrent enrollment allows students to be enrolled at Horizon, comprehensive high school and/or, community college simultaneously.

Legislation allowing for Distant Learning has expired.   Families interested in an alternative to face to face instruction, have the option of participating in Independent Study through Horizon Virtual Academy. 

In addition, students have the option to transfer back to their home school. Horizon will work to  transition pupils whose families wish to return to in-person instruction from independent study expeditiously, and, in no case, later than five instructional days.


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