What is a Charter school?
An environment where:
- Students are accepted for who they and where they begin their learning journey
- All three are held accountable for improving student's academic and social-emotional progress
How do the Programs differ?
Where are the programs located?
SLVUSD Charter School is the name of the school. Within SLV Charter, there are various programs that were created as programs of the Charter by teachers and parents who wanted to maintain a small school feeling within each program. Each program is known by their name and can be found at one of two locations in the SLV School District, with our satellite program located in Soquel.
Quail Hollow Homeschool
Located on the Quail Hollow Campus in Ben Lomond.
Quail Hollow Integrated Arts
Located on the Quail Hollow Campus in Ben Lomond.
Fall Creek Homeschool
Located at the Ludlow Building behind the SLV High School fields in Felton.
Coast Redwood Middle Homeschool
Located at the SLV Middle School campus, in the front of the parking lot, below the soccer field in Felton.
Coast Redwood High School
Located at the SLV High School campus, by the back parking lot near the pool, in Felton.
Located in the SLV Middle School campus, adjacent to the inner quad, in Felton.
Mountain Homeschool Independent Study
Located in the Mountain Elementary School, in Soquel.
What is the teaching format for each program?
Nature Academy is the only 5-day week program that is a part of the Charter. The teachers work in collaboration with each other, with the 7th and 8th-grade students working together to master the curriculum, create and explore through various hands-on projects and activities and go on field excursions.
For the rest of the programs the teaching is done by working as a team, a triad of parent, student, and teacher(s) working together throughout the year to support and encourage each child to progress in the proficiency of the academic State standards, as well as the Social-emotional skills, and additional individualized skills that the team determine. These skills include progress in our School-Wide Outcomes based on our Vision.
There are nearly as many ways to homeschool are there are families who choose to homeschool. This also means that, as with any teaching, homeschooling is a work in progress; it evolves and changes as you and your student learn and work together. We help with this process by supporting parent education through our parent meetings and shared articles and other educational discussions and opportunities
How will my work be evaluated? (gr. K-12)
Will I earn grades? (gr. K-12)
How does homeschooling work?
Homeschooling relies on a strong partnership between the parent, student, and teacher. We believe that it is critical that the student takes an active and central roll in the learning as soon as possible. It is to process rather than the product that we often focus on. We want the child to have an intrinsic desire to want to learn and to understand the reasons behind what they are learning.
When a family enrolls, they are assigned to a teacher who meets with the parent and student to discuss and determine what the child’s strengths are, as well as what academic areas need to be strengthened. This includes academic progression, but can also include social, emotional, life skills, habits of learning.
A semester plan is created, methods of fulfilling the plan are decided, Books and materials are chosen, program expectations for accountability are shared. We meet each student on a regular and consistent basis, we have pre/post assessments, and a monthly review of student progress every 15-25 days.
What are the expectations for a Homeschooling parent?
How is my Homeschooling student's yearly academics plan determined?
What are the core subject areas? (gr. K-12)
- History/Social Studies
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Physical Education/Health
As a homeschooler, how do I keep track of academic instruction? (gr. K-12)
Your attendance minutes are logged on your Weekly Progress Reports or Daily Planner. At the beginning of each semester, you sign a Master Agreement. Then you meet with your supervising teacher to set up your Personal Learning Plan. When you start working on your plan, you keep track of your learning activities on your daily log or planner. This is turned in to your supervising teacher, at least every twenty school days when you meet to review your work and assess your progress. Remember, your teacher is available to meet with you as often as either she/he or you feel is necessary in order to support keeping track of your student's academic instruction. (CA Ed Code 51747 and Title V 11703).
What is the minimum number of hours I must ‘log’ daily to be fully enrolled in Homeschool? (gr. K-12)
Independent study is not an alternative curriculum; students must meet the same required number of instructional minutes as their peers in any school. To claim apportionment, schools must offer at least a “minimum day.” In Independent Study, a “minimum day” is based on the teacher’s determination of the time value of that work. Schools are to offer the following numbers of minutes per grade level:
- Kindergarten: 180 minutes (EC Section 46117)
- Grades one through three: 230 minutes (EC Section 46112)
- Grades four through eight: 240 minutes (EC Section 46113)
- High school: 240 minutes (EC Section 46141)
While your student may study, work and complete their work during the weekend, for attendance purposes, it is only necessary to show course assignment work done during the traditional school days, Monday-Friday.
What is the difference between attendance credit and academic credit? (gr. K-12)
Attendance credit generates funding for the district based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of all students in district schools. Attendance credit is based on the supervising teacher's determination of the time value of a student’s work. A student receives full attendance credit as long as he/she completes the time values of a minimum day.
Academic credit is based on the supervising teacher’s determination of the student’s mastery of course content and leads to a record of progress or promotion toward high school graduation requirements. It is possible for a student to lose attendance credit due to missed work and still receive full academic credit at the end of the semester once the course content is successfully mastered, either through make-up work or some other acceleration to meet course learning goals.
NOTE: Attainment of full attendance credit based on a minimum day will not prepare a student to graduate from high schools. For academic credit, a high school student must be assigned work equivalent to the work that classroom-based students are assigned -a full day’s worth of work or the equivalent of six hours of classroom instruction. (ISOM, Ch 8, pg 8-3)
As a homeschooler how do I show that I have mastered the core curriculum? (gr. K-12)
What are the minimum requirements to graduate from SLVUSD Charter School with a diploma? (gr. 9-12)
- You must pass both the English and the Math section of the CAHSEE (SLVUSD Board Policy 6146.1).
- You may be required to complete an exit portfolio, community service project, senior exit interview or other charter school program graduation requirement as determined by your program (Charter Program Requirements).
- You must earn a total of 230-semester credits divided among the following subjects (SLVUSD Board Policy 6146.1):
- Mathematics 30
- Math 1 / Algebra- required
- Must take three different Math courses
- English 40
- Science 30
- Physical (10)
- Biological (10)
- Science Elective (10)
- Social Sciences 30
- World History (10)
- US History (10)
- US Government (5)
- Economics (5)
- Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) 20
- Fine Arts (10)
- Practical Arts (10)
- PE 20
- Electives 60
How can I monitor what is needed to complete in order to graduate from high school?
How many hours of work equal one credit? (gr. 9-12)
Is it possible to receive partial credit? (gr. 9-12)
Each public school district and county office of education shall accept for credit full or partial coursework satisfactorily completed by a pupil while attending a public school, juvenile court school, or nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency. The coursework shall be transferred by means of the standard state transcript.
What does concurrent enrollment mean? (gr. K-12)
If I am taking a class at another location or high school may I log it on my planner/daily log sheet? (gr. K-12)
If I attend a class at another high school (SLVHS, a private high school), is there a limit to the number of credits I can earn toward graduation? (gr. 9-12)
You may take one core class and one elective course at SLVHS each semester. Enrollment is based on seat availability. Your supervising teacher is the person who will ensure your enrollment. In order to remain in any class, it is the student’s responsibility to maintain a grade of C- or above, adhere to the attendance and classroom expectations of the high school, and maintain good standing with the Charter school’s coursework expectations as well. In addition, you may take classes from the Regional Occupation Program (ROP) that can be entered as electives on your transcript.
If I attend classes at Cabrillo or another college, how many credits can I count towards high school graduation? (gr. 9-12)
Each community college unit is considered worth 3.3 high school credits, not to exceed 10 credits per semester course taken.
How do I count my college units toward high school graduation? (gr. 9-12)
You must enroll at the college with a concurrent enrollment form (available from your supervising teacher or the Charter Office). This form needs to be signed by the Charter Administrator.
You need to turn in an official transcript from the college to the Charter office after completing the course(s). Credits will be transferred to your transcript only after the office receives the transcript.
You can count credits only from classes that you complete and pass.
May I log study time, preparation for college classes and other college preparation activities toward my daily instructional minutes? (gr. 9-12)
May I count Work Experience Education toward high school graduation credits? (gr. 9-12)
Supervising teachers will issue the work permit application, and the student will need to return their application to the Charter Administration for approval and submission. Your supervising teacher will also set up the curriculum requirements in order to receive credit. Non-paying jobs fall under the category of mentorships, job training, on the job experience, exploratory and vocational experiences. (Ed Code Section 51760) Students will submit their pay stubs, employment letters and recommendations and work experience curriculum to their teachers. There is no work experience for babysitting. A copy of the work permit needs to be associated with the curriculum.
May I attend more than one college? (gr. 9-12)
What are the requirements of the CHSPE? (gr. 9-12)
Can I continue to attend SLV Charter after I pass the CHSPE? (gr. 9-12)