How to Choose a Model

  • For the 2021-22 school year, students will be enrolled in our in-person learning model by default. 

    Families may also choose to enroll their student(s) in the TK-8 homeschool program or the TK-12 independent study program for the entire 2021-22 school year. Visit the program pages to find more information as well as online enrollment application forms. 

    If independent study or homeschool options are selected, a space will not be guaranteed at the student’s current school of enrollment should they later choose to return. Students may transfer back into their school of enrollment or program of choice if space is available. If space is not available at the school of enrollment, a space will be offered at a nearby school.

    Specialized programs such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Rapid Learner, Montessori, STEAM, Dual Immersion and Performing Arts will only be offered through the district’s in-person option. 

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TK-8 Homeschool

  • San Juan Unified offers an established TK-8 Homeschool program. In a homeschool program, the parent/guardian delivers instruction for 4-6 hours per day directly to their student. An advisory teacher helps the parent/guardian with curriculum, pacing and materials selection designed to meet grade level and state standards. 

    As part of the program: 

    • Students receive four to six hours of daily instruction from their parent/guardian and complete coursework for each subject. 
    • Parents or guardians meet regularly with the assigned teacher.
    • Families receive curriculum, resources, teaching tips and educational advice. 

    Specialized programs such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Rapid Learner, Montessori, STEAM, Dual Immersion and Performing Arts will only be offered through the district’s in-person option. 

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TK-12 Independent Learning

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    Families can enroll in the independent study program at any time. If you would like to have your student start in the Independent Study program on the first day of school on Aug. 12, please complete the interest form by Aug. 5.

    • Grades TK-5: The new TK-5 independent study program offers students a learning model that allows them to receive instruction remotely from fully credentialed San Juan Unified teachers. Each school day will include time for students and parents/guardians to connect with their teacher during open office hours and time for both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Specialized services (English language development, special education services, social-emotional supports) will be provided based on student need. Students will also connect with other students remotely, and engage in independent work time.
      • Grades TK-1: 1 hour, 15 minutes minimum synchronous instruction with teacher, 4 days/week; 1 hour minimum 1/day week (Thursday)
      • Grades 2-3: 1 hour, 45 minutes minimum synchronous instruction with teacher, 4 days/week; 1 hour minimum 1/day week (Thursday)
      • Grades 4-5: 2 hours, 15 minutes minimum synchronous instruction with teacher, 4 days/week; 1 hour minimum 1/day week (Thursday)
    • Grades 6-12: San Juan Unified has an established independent study program for grades 9-12 through El Sereno High School, which offers students the ability to guide their learning at their own pace. San Juan Unified will expand this program to also serve students in grades 6-8. Students in the program will be paired with a master teacher who will provide virtual guidance toward course completion and remain on track to meet the needs of their academic future to be college and/or career-ready.
      • Weekly: minimum of 40 minutes of synchronous instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications

    Families interested in the TK-5 independent study program are asked to review the information on this webpage and those interested in 6-12 independent study should visit this website and complete a transfer application. Families with an IEP must work with their case manager to schedule a change of placement IEP.

    Specialized programs such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Rapid Learner, Montessori, STEAM, Dual Immersion and Performing Arts will only be offered through the district’s in-person option.