About Home Study

Home Study

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    Since 1989, CUSD has offered an optional District-home partnership in the form of a Home Study program for families of Kindergarten-Grade 8 students who wish to teach their children at home with professional guidance from supervising teachers and District administrators.  

    • Instruction is consistent with the District’s course of study and is not an alternative curriculum.
    • Student, parent, and supervising teacher contract as a team to develop the student's educational plan, including goals, objectives, and assignments, and meet at least once an attendance period (every 10-19 school days) for 30-60 minutes.
    • Middle School students are offered the opportunity to take one or two classes at a District middle school. 
    • Home Study is an ungraded program and students receive a year-end completion certificate for their grade level.
    • Students receiving Special Education Services may be eligible for the Home Study Program if the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) specifies that Home Study is an appropriate educational option for the student.
    • Supervising teachers assess the child's level of education, modify the curriculum as necessary to meet District guidelines, and administer District and state tests.

    Home Study provides students the opportunity to pursue an education at their own pace, creates a bridge between school and the community, challenges each student to excel in areas of special interests, and supports alternatives for students to achieve competency in basic skills.

    For additional information, please contact the Home Study program at (408) 252-3000 x61-153.

    If you would like to join the Home Study Program, please request this placement by CLICKING HERE to submit a request.

Home Study FAQs

  • What is the parent's role in Home Study?

    The parent is the person delivering instruction to their child(ren).  The parent learns the material, teaches, corrects work, and reteaches as needed.  

    What subjects are required in Home Study?

    The required core subjects are English Language Arts (Reading, Writing, English Grammar, Speaking), Math, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education.   

    What does a typical day look like?

    There is tremendous flexibility and the day can be customized to meet the needs of each student and family. Some families follow a strict schedule while others are more free-flowing.  Some families start early and finish early - while others sleep in, start later, and end later.  Very generally speaking, students will work between 3-5 hours 5 days/week to complete assignments from the lesson plan depending upon grade level.  It often takes less time for students to learn, practice, and master concepts while in Home Study leaving time in the day to pursue other interests.  Families have 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to do their schooling.  Your Home Study Teacher can help you develop a daily/weekly schedule.

    What if my child has an IEP?

    Your child's IEP Team must determine if Home Study is an appropriate educational option for your child and include an addendum stating this on her/his IEP.

    Can parents have more than one child in Home Study?

    Yes, many families have more than one child enrolled in our program.  It is definitely more work for the parent as you are learning and delivering instruction for 2 (or more) different grade levels.  

    Can my middle school child take classes at a middle school?

    Students in grades 6-8 may take 1 or 2 classes at their neighborhood middle school.  These classes can be core classes or electives.