What is the process for enrolling in the Independent Study
If you are interested in signing your student up for the
Independent Study Program, please complete the Independent Study
Enrollment Form linked above.
A school district representative will reach out with necessary
information and paperwork for completing the process, as well as
a self-assessment form to initially determine the needs of the
student related to independent study. This may include computer
devices, internet connectivity, and other supports.
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE INDEPENDENT STUDY ENROLLMENT
Please note that if you have signed up through the online
enrollment form above, this is the first step of
the enrollment process for the Independent Study Program.
Parents/guardians of students who will participate in the
Independent Study Program will also need to complete an official
enrollment packet (master agreement and attendance card)
at the Capital City School Site located at 7222 24th St,
Sacramento, CA 95822 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each
weekday, if they have not already taken this step.
The students currently participating in short-term independent
study while they wait for assignment with a teacher at
Capital City should be receiving packets and textbooks from their
current school sites, or may pick them up at Capital City.
Computers and hot spots may also be picked up at the Capital City
office at 7222 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95822.
Textbooks should be retrieved from your student’s regular
The district will also provide a consultation upon request to
discuss the independent study program and potential challenges or
benefits as it relates to your student. This meeting will be
scheduled no later than 30 days after the first day of
Upon enrollment to Cap City, parents will sign a written
agreement that includes the following:
- Guidelines of the program
- Emotional support and interventions offered
- Manner, time, frequency and method for communication during
- Information about the academic content the students will
receive, which will include grade level content aligned to
standards and academic support
- Information about A-G courses for entry into a California
State University or University of California (if applicable based
on grade level)
How is this different from Distance Learning?
Students enrolling in Independent Study do not learn concurrently
with a class on campus as students did in the 2020-2021 school
year. Students will not be associated with an assigned classroom.
However, students participating in the Independent Study Program
will receive synchronous instruction and support and
standards-aligned curriculum with an assigned
How is this different from “Virtual Academies” I’ve heard about
in other districts?
All of these programs are aligned to AB 130 requirements. Our
independent study program will include standards-aligned content.
Our Independent Study program will focus on the same suggested
priority standards and curriculum followed by our teachers during
in person learning.
The curriculum will be the same curriculum offered to students at
our school sites. This is part of the district’s
restorative restart as advised by Policy Analysis for California
What will an instructional day look like for K-3?
Students will receive an opportunity for daily synchronous
instruction. Instruction can take place in a traditional
classroom style, in small groups, or one-on-one with in-person,
via Zoom, or on a telephone. The goal is to maintain school
connectedness and includes wellness checks, progress monitoring,
provision of services and instruction.
What will an instructional day look like for grades 4-8?
Students will receive both daily live interaction and at least
weekly synchronous instruction. Interaction between the pupil and
classified or certificated staff or peers and can be live,
internet-based, or on the phone. The goal is to maintain school
connectedness and includes wellness checks, progress monitoring,
provision of services and instruction.
What will an instructional day look like for grades 9-12?
Students will receive opportunities to receive synchronous
instruction at least weekly.
What if my student has an IEP?
Education Code Section 51745 highlights that a student with
exceptional needs may not participate in independent study
unless the student’s IEP specifically provides for that
participation. As a result, an IEP meeting will take place
as part of the initial consultation in order for the IEP Team to
determine if Independent Study is an appropriate placement
option. We are continuing to work with labor partners to
design our program so that students can remain connected to
support providers from their home school. This will provide the
best and most seamless opportunity for accelerated student
What type of academic support and interventions will be offered
The district will continue to provide services in accordance with
504 plans, IEPs, and English Learner needs. The district will
continue to ensure that students are making educational progress,
and if these students are not making progress determine what
supports are needed in order to succeed in Independent Studies or
determine what program is in the best interest of the student.
What if I change my mind?
During any part of the program, parents may choose to return
their students to school campuses and the student will be
returned within 5 days of the request.
Will my student be able to return to their current school of
enrollment after enrolling in the Independent Study program?
If my student is away from the school site due to a quarantine
will they transition temporarily to the independent study
No. The student will continue to learn with their class, and will
receive work at home, through a short-term independent
Is the independent study program a charter school?
Can parents sign their students up for the Independent Study
program at any time, or is there a deadline for sign up?
Parents can request to transfer their student to independent
study at any time and our district will schedule a consultation
as part of the enrollment process. After the program is already
underway, capacity may be limited.
If my student isn’t assigned a teacher right away, what will they
Your student will participate in “short-term” independent study
through their school site. This arrangement will be in place for
up to 15 days until your student is assigned a “long-term
independent study” teacher.
What is the difference between short-term and long-term
Short-term independent study is typically used for short periods
of time when students are unable to attend school in person (due
to illness or urgent travel, for example). Students may
attend short-term independent study for up to 15 days. This
is also how the district will address quarantines for students
who cannot attend school in a modified quarantine scenario.
Long-term independent study lasts longer than 15 days, even for
the entire school year. The student will be assigned to a teacher
from Capital City School, our district’s existing Independent
When will I have my 30-day meeting?
Within 30 days of the first day of school (not within 30 days of
completing the interest form).
What does it mean that I have five school days to return to
school at any time?
At any time during independent study, you can choose to return
back to your school site in-person
Can I choose independent study after the school year has begun?
Yes, if there is an available spot in a class we will place your
student with an available and existing teacher. Otherwise, your
student will participate in “short-term” independent study until
a teacher is assigned.
How many teachers are needed for the program?
Teachers are assigned based on student number and grade level.
There is a maximum student-teacher ratio. Depending on how many
students sign up officially, that will inform how many
teachers are needed.
Is Capital City an in-person school site? Is it the same as
Yes, the Independent Study Program and Capital City are the same,
and you will hear them used interchangeably. Capital City is an
existing independent study program within Sacramento City Unified
that has been expanded. It is not a charter school and students
do not need to come to the school site for instruction.
What if my student is a strong student and completes an entire
year of curriculum before the school year ends?
Your student will not be provided an entire year’s work at one
time. The content and curriculum is paced to match closely with
what is happening at our in-person school sites.
Where are you going to get all the teachers needed?
Teachers must agree to be placed at an independent study school.
There are a number of teachers who have already applied to
transfer from within SCUSD to begin working at Capital City, and
a number of teachers were already assigned to the school
Who is responsible for materials?
Students should go to their current school as normal and collect
their textbooks and materials. They will use these
materials during the 2021-22 school year while enrolled in
independent study. These materials will also transition
back to the home school with the student if/when they determine
they want to return to in person instruction. The school
site will provide your students with learning materials such as
books and a Chromebook. School supplies (pencils, paper, etc) may
not be provided by the school site and will be the responsibility
of the parent/guardian. Our district does offer assistance in
this area if needed. Please contact the attendance and engagement
office should you need help with school supplies.
Why did this process take so long?
The law was not signed until mid-July and we also have an
obligation to discuss some items related to this matter with our
labor partner. We sincerely apologize for any delay in
communication and information which has been provided to
Will my student be denied the opportunity for Independent Study
if they have an IEP?
No. However, the IEP team must work with the student and family
to determine whether the program is right for them. Until this
can be determined, the student will be placed on short-term
independent study for up to 15 days.
Who will be on the IEP Team?
It will be a collaborative team with members of the students’
current IEP team at their home school and a team from Cap City.
We will reach out to you to begin this process within the first