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Palos Verdes Peninsula Independent Study

The PVPUSD Independent Study Program is an optional alternative instructional strategy for students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting. Recently, Assembly Bill 130 passed, which has implications that affect how we are required to manage Independent Study for the 2021-2022 school year.  Detailed information regarding the independent study program is outlined below.  


For further information on Assembly Bill 130, please click the link below.


Parent Program Notification


All PVPUSD families were provided the opportunity to express their interest in the independent study program via an interest form.  Any family that expressed interest in the independent study program was contacted and received further information regarding the program.  The parent notification letter is linked below.  

Independent Study Conferences:


Prior to completing enrollment for the independent study program, a conference will be held with the parent, student, teacher and site administrator. During the conference, the team will discuss the program requirements, curriculum offerings, contract review and nonacademic supports available to the student.  The conference will be held prior to finalizing the student’s enrollment and the independent study contract. 


Student Meeting Requirements by Grade Level: 


Grade Level Expectations 




In-person Meetings at a district location 

Minimum of once a week for 60 minutes per session 

Minimum of once a week for 60 minutes per session 

Minimum of once a week for 60 minutes per session 


Proctored in person 

Proctored in person  

Proctored in person  

Online Meetings with the classroom teacher 

4 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes per session 

4 times a week for approximately 30 minutes per session 

Not Applicable 


The classroom teacher will assign times for both the online and in-person meetings. Please note that specific timing requests may not be accommodated and must take place during normal school hours. These meetings may be in a small group or one on one. All assessments are required to be taken during the in-person sessions.


Attendance Requirements:


The classroom teacher will take attendance daily, and students will be marked absent if they are not in attendance.  Students who cannot meet these attendance requirements and miss 60% (more than 3 days) of instructional days within a school week will be in violation the Independent Study agreement. Accordingly, a meeting with the school principal, parent/guardian, student, and teacher will be held and may result in removal from the program.


Returning to In-Person Learning:


The independent study contract will outline the start and end dates for the student’s participation in the program.  Should a family wish to have a student leave the independent study program to return to in-person learning a meeting will be scheduled within five (5) school days to discuss a transition plan.


For further information or to enroll in the Independent Study program for the 2021-22 school year, please contact:


Kelli Keller

Executive Director of Human Resources and Special Projects