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Ryan Galles
Director of Elementary Education

(707) 453-6142
ryang@vacavilleusd.org

Karina Duran
Staff Secretary
VIS/Work Permits/Bilingual Education Support
karinad@vacavilleusd.org
707-453-6118

Independent Study Options

Vacaville Unified School District recognizes that the traditional classroom setting may not be the best fit for every student. Because each student has unique and individual needs, VUSD offers two independent study options; Ernest Kimme Charter Academy, for students in grades 7-12, and the Vacaville Elementary Independent Study Program (VISP), for students in grades K-6. Our goal is to help every student reach their highest potential through an educational plan created for each individual student and to provide the options and supports to ensure that every student succeeds.

Elementary Independent Study Program (Grades K-6)

The elementary homeschool portion of the Vacaville Independent Study Program is appropriate for children in the elementary grades (K-6). The elementary homeschool program provides a format for supporting a home-based, parent-guided educational process. The VISP homeschool option involves parents taking a significant and active role in the instruction of their child, while working with an independent study teacher. VISP provides assistance with curriculum consistent with the district’s approved course of study and aligned with the state grade level expectations. The focus of the program is to ensure education according to each child’s individual strengths and needs. VISP recognizes that parents understand the needs of their child and strive to provide an excellent educational program suited for their child. Families have access to district standard resources, such as district curriculum and district support technology through a chromebook.
The parents and the teacher actively monitor student progress. Instruction progresses at the pace agreed upon by the parent, teacher and the student; keeping individual capability and interest level a priority. The teacher, parent and student collaborate in various forms of performance-based evaluations.

Elementary HomesSchool Parent-Teacher Responsibilities:

  • Meet with the VISP teacher to create a Personal Learning Plan for the student.
  • Provide home instruction for the student using appropriate resources as agreed upon through the written Master Agreement.
  • Provide student with regular supervised instruction and a variety of learning experiences which may include work assignments, field trips, projects, discussions and active observations.

  • Provide support and encouragement.

  • Record activities and assignments completed on the weekly assignment sheet.

  • Parents will bring representative samples of student work to share with VISP teacher and for the student’s portfolio.

  • Attend regularly scheduled appointments with the VISP teacher.

  • Provide feedback to the supervising teacher at the conclusion of each semester for the purpose of evaluating the student’s semester activities and assessing progress.

Elementary HomeSchool Student Responsibilities:

  • Meet with the VISP teacher and parent to help create an individual learning plan.
    Actively participate in work assignments, field trips, projects, discussions, observations and/or workshops.

  • With parent or guardian, meet with the VISP teacher during scheduled appointments to share learning experiences and submit representative samples of completed schoolwork.

  • Complete the assigned work by the due date.

  • Be responsible for other tasks that may be required to fulfill the written agreement.

 

 

Elementary ISP Workshops

Workshops are offered by VISP teachers and, in some cases, by parents and other non-staff specialists. Examples of recent workshops include art, science, language arts, social studies, and computers.

Elementary homeschool special events are tied to the hosting school calendar.  Check the school website calendar for dates of events.

District Opportunities

Students enrolled in 5th and 6th grade may participate in the music program offered at the host school.

Students may meet with their teacher for their Personal Learning Plan at either their home school or at the Vacaville Unified School District Office, located at 401 Nut Tree Road, depending on teacher availability.