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Home Study K-8

Cabrillo Unified School District- Home Study is the alternative instructional program for grades kindergarten through twelve 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.

A contract is signed establishing regular meetings with parents and students to assist families in the preparation of educational goals, selection of curriculum development of instructional strategies and to provide support. Through this cooperative effort, the Cabrillo Unified School District provides an instructional program designed to meet individuals students' needs as well as the legal requirements of California's compulsory attendance laws. (Board Policy 6158).

Home Study provides the opportunity for each student to be treated as all unique person with individual needs goals and interests. We support the diversity of learning and teaching styles. We encourage students: to interact with the world around them as well as learn from textbooks. This program is based on a commitment to a wide variety of educational philosophies.



Home Study is an optional alternative available to all students K-8. In response to their needs, interests, aptitudes and abilities- pursuant to school board policy. As an alternative, it is expected to be equal or superior in quality to classroom instruction. Its objective is the achievement of the highest level of educational quality.

Instruction through Home Study:

  1. Allows students to study at their own pace within the limits of compulsory
    attendance requirements
  2. Creates a bridge between the school and the community
  3. Challenges each student to excel in the areas of special interest
  4. Provides alternatives for students to achieve competency and mastery in basic skills
  5. Allows for children to educated at home-a legal form of home schooling
  6. Encourages student resourcefulness
  7. Facilitates more active and responsive student participation in the educational process,
  8. Offers vast flexibility in educational program design, including the grouping of ISP students in ways that effectively achieve educational objectives
  9. Offers educational choices to students and families


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 lone 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 regularly, making available instructional textbooks meaningful materials and related curriculum, providing appropriate instructional methodologies and any additional learning opportunities that may be available.


Home Study is all alternative educational program in which is open to students in grades K-8, throughout the Cabrillo Unified School District. The program is developed around the commitment of parents, students, teachers and administrators who support alternative education.


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, the parent contacts the Home Study office to arrange an appointment.

The independent study supervising 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.


  • Enthusiastic participation in meeting their educational goals.
  • Cooperative attitudes toward parent/teacher guidance.
  • Demonstration of progress toward specific goals.
    1. Make regular scheduled contact with supervising teacher as specified in the contract.
    2. Complete at least the assigned work by the due date.
    3. Be responsible for tasks required to fulfill the written agreement.


  • 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. (As provided by the contract).
  • Participate with student in scheduled biweekly conferences. These are an essential part of the success of this program. Appointments should be given top priority.
  • 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.


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.

Topics covered with teacher/adviser may include the following:

  1. Providing support to the parent/teacher by: helping with selection appropriate texts, instructional materials, teaching strategies, creative learning activities, etc.
  2. Reviewing grade level expectations and parent/teacher goals.
  3. Sharing work samples in the student portfolio. Sharing may have many forms: Math games, oral reading, projects poetry, music, field trip experiences, journals, art, experiments, etc.
  4. Writing a log of each visit.
  5. Delivering supplementary materials upon request.
  6. Providing moral support


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.


Questions to consider while exploring home study

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


  1. Decide why home study is best for your child.
  2. Read, read, read. There are many books written about home study.
  3. Talk to several home study families. Ask questions find out the positive and negative elements of home study.
  4. Review the grade level standards for the child.
  5. Review and compare curriculums.
  6. Organize your schedule.
  7. Develop long and short range goals.
  8. Decide of a support group would be beneficial.


In the event that a student is transferring to a school within the district or to another district, the following procedure will take place.

  1. The student's parent calls the Home Study office to arrange an appointment.
  2. The parent and Home Study teacher will evaluate the students progress.
  3. The parent will turn in final attendance report, lesson plans and work samples.
  4. Parent will turn in all materials on loan from the district.
  5. The Home Study office will notify the appropriate school if it is an intra-district transfer.


  • First hand /hands on experience
  • Cross- curricular experience
  • Development of oral language
  • Motivation
  • Social Group Skills
  • Content knowledge- new strategy
  • Change of pace- FUN


  • When calling for reservations have a calendar ready, alternative dates, number of students, and age or grade level of students.
  • Questions you might ask are: Cost? Tour guide available? Bathrooms in facility? Picnic area available? Is there a teacher's packet available? Length of Program? *Call the day before to confirm our reservations.
  • Communication is essential when involving other children. Make sure all families know all the following information: Time of departure, place of departure, cost of trip, lunch arrangements, time of return, map.
  • Have a plan "B' in case of weather changes.
  • Discuss field trip manners with the children. Good listening, raise hands, etc.
  • Children may need to eat a snack or go to the bathroom before entering.
  • Adults are responsible for children's safety and whereabouts.
  • Prepare children and adults. Read a book, listen to a recording, or watch a film.
  • Get useful items ready (camera, lunch, book).


To follow up this learning experience, you might plan to: write a thank-you letter, make a scrapbook or photo album, write a story, read more books, play a game related to the field trip, make up a song, or go on a related field trip to, to expand your experience.