El Sereno is an Independent Study High School, as such we are a performance based program as opposed to the seat based model of traditional high schools.
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Time on campus
- Each student is assigned a master teacher who is their contact person at El Sereno. Students work closely with their master teacher in all areas of their education.
Credits and Graduation
- Each student meets with their master teacher for a specific block of time each week. Their schedule is determined with their master teacher and is based on their graduation needs and goals. Our students can be scheduled between 1 and 5 days per week, with an average of 2 days per week.
- El Sereno offers auxiliary/small group classes and labs which are scheduled during the week in math, biology, foreign language, PE, photography, music, and art to name a few. These classes will require extra days/times of attendance on campus.
Attendance and absences
- Students come to El Sereno with varying degrees of credits completed, some students may be on track to graduate on time, some may be ahead with the goal of graduating early, while others may be behind trying to catch up. Independent Study can accommodate all these students. However, students need to be motivated enough to be responsible to work at a pace that will complete their graduation requirements on time.
- Student are expected to complete sufficient credits to complete the El Sereno graduation requirement of 220 credits by the end of their fourth year of high school. As an example,if a student is on track to graduate they will need to complete 27.5 credits per semester to stay on track. For those students deficient in credits they will need to complete more per semester based on current credits when enrolling at El Sereno,
- Our counselor is available to work with students helping them set their educational and graduation goals and time lines.
- Attendance is determined by the amount of work produced (credits completed) each week, if students do not complete work they will accrue unexcused absences that can jeopardize their enrollment. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1.25 credits per week to stay in good standing with attendance.
- Students/Parents are responsible for keeping their regularly scheduled appointment with their teachers, Lack of transportation is not a valid excuse for missing school
- If an emergency arises or a student is ill they may contact their Master Teacher to reschedule their meeting so as not to accrue absences.
- As we are dedicated to student success if satisfactory educational progress is not being made at El Sereno the student will be referred back to their traditional high school.
Last Modified on August 5, 2016