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At their April Board meeting, the Arcata School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new home-based independent study program. Starting in the 2019-2020 school year, the Independent Study (IS) program will allow K-8 students to pursue educational opportunities outside the classroom yet within the framework of district educational requirements. Students will be able to engage in after-school activities, such as sports and theater, and will have access to the District’s school libraries. A credentialed instructor will oversee and work closely with each parent and student to provide the appropriate educational materials, instructional support, and assessments. Parents will provide direction and monitor student progress using instructional strategies designed to respond to individual student needs and learning styles.

Yeoman

Lynda Yeoman will be returning to the district to serve as the IS program coordinator. Yeoman, who recently retired after serving as the Sunny Brae Middle School principal for 12 years, is the ideal program leader. She boasts over 35 years of educational experience, including coordination of numerous independent study options, 18 years as an elementary school principal, and experience teaching a variety of elementary school grade levels. The program will utilize the Calvert Education curriculum, a research-based pedagogical approach that promotes active, project-based learning enhanced by digital learning tools. Coursework can either be completely online or include text materials, and meets all state and national standards of educational excellence. All instructional materials will be provided on-loan free of charge.

The District is excited to offer students another avenue for academic success through the engaging projects and interactive multimedia resources of IS, with full support from certificated teachers. Tools and support will also be available to parents. The IS program provides another choice for families committed to homeschooling, and another option for students looking for something different from the traditional classroom.

For more information, email lyeoman@arcatasd.org, call 707-382-5040 or visit arcataschooldistrict.org (under Schools & Programs).

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