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Home Study K-8

CUSD'S HOME STUDY PROGRAM
Cabrillo Unified School District's Home Study Program is the alternative instructional program for kindergarten through eighth grade and is designed to serve those parents who are teaching their children at home. Parents provide direction and monitor student progress. Their instructional strategies are responsive to the individual learning needs of their children. A credentialed teacher works directly with parents and provides appropriate educational materials.

 
 

WHAT EXACTLY IS HOME STUDY?

Home Study is a schooling alternative available to all students K-8, specifically responding to a child's individual needs, interests, aptitudes and abilities.

Instruction through Home Study:

  • Allows students to study at their own pace within the limits of attendance requirements
  • Creates a bridge between the school and the community
  • Challenges each student to excel in areas of special interest
  • Provides alternatives for students to achieve competency and mastery in basic skills
  • Allows for children to educated at home; a legal form of home schooling
  • Encourages student resourcefulness
  • Facilitates more active and responsive student participation in the educational process
  • Offers vast flexibility in educational program design
  • Offers educational choices to students and families  


WE ARE PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

Home Study teachers are certificated district employees who coordinate, evaluate and provide general supervision to students under written agreement, delegating immediate supervision to para-professionals, school volunteers, family members, and community resource people. If a person other than the parent or teacher has direct responsibility to provide instructional assistance to the student that person is also requested to sign a written agreement. The student- teacher ratio is established by Educational Code 51735.6.

Therefore, it is fully acceptable for a student to be enrolled in independent study through the public school system and still maintain instructional opportunities through an outside tutor or a private institution, as long as all persons in important instructional roles have their signatures on the written agreement.

Home Study staff responsibilities entail providing district approved curriculum, meeting with the student and parent biweekly, making available instructional textbooks, meaningful materials and related curriculum, and providing appropriate instructional methodologies.


ADMISSION POLICY (prior to 2020-2021 school year)

THE PROCESS

Interested parents should contact the principal of the their child's school. The principal will review the request and make recommendations as to the appropriateness of the program for the child.

When the request is approved, a member of CUSD's Alternative Education Program will contact you to arrange an appointment.

The home study managing teacher meets with the parent/teacher and student to devise an individualized learning plan. This learning plan results in signing a contract, choosing curriculum materials, reviewing attendance requirements and setting up a biweekly visit schedule.


STUDENTS PROVIDE:

  • Enthusiastic participation in meeting their educational goals
  • Cooperative attitudes toward parent/teacher guidance
  • Demonstration of progress toward specific goals
  • Make regular scheduled contact with supervising teacher as specified in the contract

 

  • Complete at least the assigned work by the due date
  • Be responsible for tasks required to fulfill the written agreement.

PARENT WILL:

  • Provide enhancing learning environment
  • Participate with the supervising teacher in the development of students educational plans, including goals objectives and assignment
  • Direct instruction and supervision of student learning based on district approved curriculum
  • Record of student's instructional activities
  • Participate with student in scheduled biweekly conferences
  • Assist in semester evaluation of student progress
  • Provide information for state required attendance records
  • Commit to return curriculum materials in good condition and in a timely fashion

BIWEEKLY MEETINGS

The supervising teacher will conference with students and parent/teachers biweekly. These meetings are designed as a support to both students and parent/teachers. This is a time when students share their work and parent teachers express their individual needs.

Parent teachers will with the supervising teacher, actively review the district grade level standards when planning their curriculum. These standards are guidelines, and can be met through innovative, creative and flexible means of instruction. The biweekly conference allows interaction among everyone acting as a team to promote the best individual instruction for each child. The supervising teacher is available as a resource person to support the individual learning plan.

Conference schedules have limited flexibility due to the number of people enrolled. Parent/teachers should make every effort to maintain scheduled appointments.

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

As participants in the Cabrilio Unified School District Home Study families realize the following advantages:

  1. Availability of state adopted student textbooks, workbooks and teacher guides.
  2. Use of the San Mateo County of Education Library for videos, study kits, records, slides and other supplementary materials.
  3. Support and assistance from a certificated teacher.
  4. Standardized testing.
  5. District diagnostic center.
  6. Use of local school library and other facilities when available and upon request through teacher/adviser.
  7. School districts and county offices of education offering independent study shall provide appropriate existing services and resources to enable pupils to complete their independent study successfully and shall ensure the same access to all existing services and resources in the school in which the pupil is enrolled pursuant to Section 51748 as is available to all other pupils in the school.

DECIDING TO HOME STUDY?

Questions to consider while exploring home study

  • Why consider Home Study?
  • What is involved in Home Study?
  • What are the personal reasons that make home study important?
  • How can one make the full-time commitment that is required to home study?
  • How will life change when home study begins?
  • What does the school district and State of California require?
  • Are there home study groups one can join for support?


FAQ's for Home Study 2020-2021:


When will I hear from a teacher? 

The scheduling team will reach out to you the week of August 17th to set your initial appointment with your managing teacher. The initial meeting with the managing teacher will take place the week of August 24th or August 31.  


When does my child actually start my home study program? 

You will receive information and curriculum from your managing teacher during your initial appointment.  Once you have the curriculum, you may begin to structure your child’s learning. 


How does my start date affect my child’s education? 

Beginning at a slightly later date will not negatively impact your child’s education.  As a homeschool student, he or she will receive more individualized support from his/her teacher (you).  This specialized support will more than compensate for a later start date. 


May I begin my home study program before I meet with my managing teacher?  

You’re welcome to begin your child’s schooling as soon as you’re ready.  If you are doing so before receiving district curriculum, you’re welcome to find other forms of curriculum to use.  You may purchase your own curriculum, but CUSD will not reimburse you for the purchase.  


Can my child change programs at any time?

No, students must remain in the program through the end of the school year.


How often will I be required to check in with the managing teacher? 

Biweekly


What will I be asked to share with the managing teacher during the biweekly meetings? 

Learning plan for the two weeks

Examples of student work


What’s the role of the managing teacher? 

The managing teacher is responsible for

  • Providing you (the child’s teacher) with grade level curriculum 
  • Answering general questions regarding the planning and implementation of the teaching
  • Offering limited support 

What’s the role of the parent teacher? 

The parent teacher is responsible for:

  • Reviewing the curriculum and deciding upon which curriculum to use for each subject area
  • Planning the delivery of the curriculum in all subject areas
  • Teaching the child

What if my child is not understanding a concept?  Will the managing teacher tutor him/her? 
No, the managing teacher is not available to tutor your child.  If a tutor is needed, it falls on the parent to hire a tutor.  If you need help finding a tutor, email your managing teacher or discuss this at your biweekly check in.  


Since my child is in the home study program, does that mean that he/she is no longer connected to his/her original school site? 

All students who switched to home study due to the current pandemic are still assigned to their original schools and are considered a student of that school.  For example, if a student was in first grade at El Granada last year and is on home study this year as a second grader, he/she will remain an El Granada student.  This will allow the student to begin 3rd grade as an El Granada student the following year. 


If I choose to purchase my own curriculum or equipment, will I receive a stipend or reimbursement from the district?

No.  The district offers district approved curriculum to each parent teacher.  Curriculum or equipment you choose to purchase on your own is not reimbursable by the district.   


Can I use religious curriculum that meets the California State Standards?

Yes, you may do so if you wish to purchase it yourself.