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California Assembly Bill 130, signed into law on July 9, 2021, requires districts to provide an independent study option for TK-12 grade students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. Independent study programs must meet all of the legal requirements regarding educational progress, grade-level standards, synchronous instruction, student engagement, and transitioning back to in-person instruction within 5 days if the parent/guardian determines that the health risk is no longer a concern. This program is an option for the 2021-22 school year only.


Please note that we are not holding open enrollment seats; If you enroll in the independent study program and wish to return to in-person learning, you will return to your homeschools if space is available.

LNSD currently offers independent study programs at Aeolian Elementary School and Los Nietos Middle School.  Students in kindergarten through 6th grade will enroll in the K-6 Independent Study program, which will be a program within and housed at Aeolian Elementary School. 7th & 8th grade students will participate in at Los Nietos Middle School.


Independent study programs are an opportunity for students who:

  • Are academically independent, needing little to no instructional support
  • Are motivated and have strong time management skills
  • Are comfortable with less daily social interaction
  • Recognize that they will not have the same access to in-school activities and courses such as athletics, clubs, and certain electives 

Please read through our FAQ, Program Overview, and Sample Schedule pages to determine if this program will be a good fit for your child and your family. If you decide that this program is appropriate for your child, then please register through our Independent Study Interest Form .