We encourage families to schedule trips during school breaks so students will not miss important lessons and shared experiences with their class during their absence. When a student must miss school because of family obligations or illness, the teacher can provide assignments to guide learning while the student is absent from class. This agreement assumes that the student is engaged in an educational activity for each school day absent. Please be aware that it is impossible for the teacher to provide the same experience that your child would have had at school. No independent study agreement shall be valid for any period longer than 45 days.

Please note, not all Independent Study requests will be granted approval.

Independent Study Process

  1. Request an Independent Study (IS) at least five (5) school days prior to the expected absence.
  2. The office will prepare the Independent Study Agreement Form and give to the teacher and IS administrator to prepare the assignment and approve the request. This form must be signed by a parent/guardian and the student prior to the commencement of the IS.
  3. When your child returns to school give the completed Independent Study work to your teacher. The work must be received within five (5) days of the last day of independent study.

Alternate Downloadable Forms

  • High School Shadowing Form

    Please use this form if your 8th grade child will be shadowing at a local high school. The form is due to the office the day after the student returns to school. Shadowing without proper completion of this form, or returned after the due date, will result in an Absence for your child. 

  • Independent Study Request Form

    Our new policy only accepts Independent Study forms that are submitted 5 school days in advance of the intended absence. Fill in page one information only, please do not sign the form until you have received approval from our director and your assignment from the teacher. Please note that all Independent Study work is due within 5 days of returning to school.