Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

NOTHING. We are a free charter public school.

Why enroll in an Independent Study charter school program?

Traditional schools aren’t for everyone. For some families it’s a matter of time, or it’s a matter of safety and emotional well-being.  For other students it’s about creating a program centered on a passion or pursuit of excellence that can’t be supported by traditional schools or schedules. And, for others it’s about realizing a dream despite life’s ups and downs. In addition, it is ideal for a student who works at their own pace, while having flexibility in his/her schedule.

Can a student make up credits if they are off pace to graduate?

Yes. Our year-round credit recovery program enables students to take the classes they need to catch-up and graduate from our school (or return to their original school).  We offer multiple academic calendars that include the following options for learners.  For example, our Track A Calendar begins on July 1, 2017, while Track B begins on September 5, 2017.

What is “Push-In” Support?

Students receive learning assistance from their assigned Educational Specialist and academic staff in the community where they live. This support is “Pushed In” at places as varied as public libraries, community recreation centers, athletic training facilities, and performing arts venues.

When does a student have class?

Independent Study allows each student and family to decide what works best for their situation - when, where, and how long is spent completing assignments. Students are expected to complete work on regularly scheduled school days - and families are expected to meet with their Educational Specialist once every twenty days.

What types of students enroll in County Collaborative Charter School?

Our students are as diverse as the world they live in - with interests as wide as the universe. Typically they fall into three general categories - every student is an ACE

  • ACCELERATION - to increase the pace of school and “Get Ahead”
  • CREDIT RECOVERY - to repeat unsuccessful coursework and “Catch Up”
  • ENRICHMENT - access additional classes and “Get More”
Can you show me a sample weekly schedule for a few different types of students?

Samples of Weekly Schedules: 

Sport Athlete or Performing Arts

Student with specialized skills 

Student who is a caregiver and/or has a job 

What is the difference between homeschooling versus Independent Study?

Students in a homeschool program typically do their work at home under the supervision of a parent and/or guardian.  Students can access an online and/or offline curriculum to complete their coursework.  Students and their parent/guardian are still required to meet with their assigned Educational Specialist a minimum of every 20 days.  

Students in an Independent Study program access an online and/or offline curriculum to complete their coursework.  They can work at home or outside of their home in a mutually agreed upon location in the community with their Educational Specialist to get additional support, answer questions, or review the work that has been done.

What type of curriculum can students access for their coursework?

Students have access either to an online or offline course of study or a combination of both to fulfill the required coursework.  Students also have access to supplemental resources and materials to help with additional support or other opportunities to accelerate their learning.  Educational Specialists guide and support students through these various types of curricula and embed highly effective instructional strategies and a wide variety of assessments to ensure each student is increasing their student achievement.

Is the school accredited?

Yes. The school is accredited by the State of California and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Do you offer Job Training for students?

Yes. Students can gain certifications, job training and work experience through our Career Technical Education Pathways. In this program students commit to a career pathway for three years completing Introductory, Concentrator and Capstone courses in the career field of their choosing. Their final year in the program students receive job training and internships with an employer to help them gain experience in the industry they are interested in. In addition, our online curriculum offers over 40 Career Technical Education Courses students may take for elective credit.

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