The Castaic Union School District offers a comprehensive, long-term independent study program (home schooling) for Kindergarten through eighth grade students. The program is designed to meet the needs of students and families with special interests and abilities, scheduling problems, or for those who simply desire an alternative to the traditional school environment. It provides a flexible, supportive and individualized program of instruction based on the California state standards and closely monitored by a fully credentialed teacher. Students remain enrolled in the Castaic Union School District and continue to meet course work guidelines prescribed by the state education code.


Parents and students meet weekly or bi-weekly with the district's independent study teacher. Families are issued textbooks and materials relevant to their student's grade level, and all class work is done at home and later reviewed at regular meetings with the independent study teacher. Students are assessed periodically to ensure progress is being made in their studies; report cards and state testing are also part of the program. There is a classroom dedicated to the independent study program and housed at Castaic Elementary School, though the program serves both elementary and middle school students. In the event that a student is traveling or unable to attend on-campus meetings, alternatives are available including online communication.


The Castaic Union School District Independent Study Program has been serving Castaic students for the past 14 years and was developed in response to several parents who were looking for a way to educate their children outside the confines of the traditional school setting. For enrollment information or any other questions you may have, please call Allison West, Independent Study Teacher, at (661) 257-4500, Extension 1551.

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