Independent Study

  • independent study graphicThe Rialto Unified School District is fully reopening schools and returning to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. All students are automatically enrolled in the on-campus and in-person instruction. However, there is an option for RUSD families with concerns about health risks for their child(ren) returning to in-person instruction.

    The RUSD has a TK-12 Independent Study program as an alternative to in-person learning. The program requires students to change schools while participating in the program, but Independent Study students will be able to return to their in-person school, at any time, during the 2021-2022 school year. 

    If you are interested in enrolling your student in the Independent Study program, please contact your school’s principal or administrator and they will assist you with the referral process.

    The program will have the following elements based on the different grade spans:

    Elementary (TK-5) 

    • For elementary school students, the Independent Study program is coordinated through HENRY ELEMENTARY VAPA SCHOOL, located at 470 E. Etiwanda Ave. in Rialto, and FITZGERALD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, located at 2568 W. Terra Vista Dr. in Rialto. 
    • Students will be assigned to one Independent Study teacher.
    • Daily live (synchronous) instruction will be provided for students in TK-3. Instruction can be held in person or virtually.
    • Grades 4-5 will require at least weekly live (synchronous) instruction opportunities with daily live interactions, such as wellness checks and/or progress monitoring. Live instruction and live interactions can be held in-person or virtually.
    • The instructional minutes that are required will be the same for students attending in person. The remaining minutes outside of live instruction will be completed through independent (asynchronous) work.

    Middle School (6-8)

    • For middle school students, the Independent Study program is coordinated through RIALTO MIDDLE SCHOOL, located at 1262 W. Rialto Ave. in Rialto. 
    • Students will be assigned to one Independent Study teacher.
    • Grades 6-8 will be required to attend weekly live (synchronous) instruction with daily live interactions, such as wellness checks and/or progress monitoring. Live instruction and live interactions can be held in-person or virtually.
    • The instructional minutes that are required will be the same for students attending in person. The remaining minutes outside of live instruction will be completed through independent (asynchronous) work.

    High School (9-12)

    • For high school students, the Independent Study program is coordinated through ZUPANIC HIGH SCHOOL, located at 266 West Randall Avenue in Rialto. 
    • Students will be assigned to one Independent Study teacher.
    • Students will have at least weekly live (synchronous) instruction which can be held virtually or in person.
    • The instructional minutes that are required will be the same for students attending in person. The remaining minutes outside of live instruction will be completed through independent (asynchronous) work.