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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Contents

  1. 1 What is a charter school?
  2. 2 Why do parents / students choose charter?
  3. 3 How does homeschooling work?
  4. 4 How is the teaching done?
  5. 5 What are the expectations for a Homeschooling parent?
  6. 6 Confused about Charter School programs and what they have to offer?
  7. 7 How are students assigned to a teacher?
  8. 8 How is my student's yearly academics plan determined?
  9. 9 What are the core subject areas? (gr. K-12)
  10. 10 As a homeschooler, how do I keep track of academic instruction? (gr. K-12)
  11. 11 What is the minimum number of hours I must ‘log’ daily to be fully enrolled in Homeschool? (gr. K-12)
  12. 12 Can I count the work my student does on the weekends in his/her daily planner/log? (gr. K-12)
  13. 13 What is the difference between attendance credit and academic credit? (gr. K-12)
  14. 14 As a homeschooler how do I show that I have mastered core curriculum?       (gr. K-12)
  15. 15 How will my work be evaluated? (gr. K-12)
  16. 16 Will I earn grades? (gr. K-12)
  17. 17 What are the minimum requirements to graduate from SLVUSD Charter School with a diploma? (gr. 9-12) 
  18. 18 How can I monitor what is needed to complete in order to graduate from high school?
  19. 19 How many hours of work equal one credit? (gr. 9-12)
    1. 19.1 Is it possible to receive partial credit? (gr. 9-12)
  20. 20 What does concurrent enrollment mean? (gr. K-12)
  21. 21 If I am taking a class at another location or school may I log it on my planner/daily log sheet? (gr. K-12)
  22. 22 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)
  23. 23 If I attend classes at Cabrillo or another college, how many credits can I count towards high school graduation? (gr. 9-12)
  24. 24 How do I count my college units toward high school graduation? (gr. 9-12)
  25. 25 May I log study time, preparation for college classes and other college preparation activities toward my daily instructional minutes? (gr. 9-12)
  26. 26 May I count Work Experience Education toward high school graduation credits? (gr. 9-12)
  27. 27 May I get credit for work as a teacher's assistant? (gr. 9-12)
  28. 28 May I attend more than one college? (gr. 9-12)
  29. 29 As a high school student, I am limited in the number of classes I can take in college, and I am not able to play sports on the college team. What can I do to increase my educational opportunities? (gr. 9-12)
  30. 30 What are the requirements of the CHSPE? (gr. 9-12)
  31. 31 Can I continue to attend SLV Charter after I pass the CHSPE? (gr. 9-12)

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools, uniquely innovative and flexible. In forming a strong partnership between parents, students and teachers, charter schools are able to create a setting that's particularly tailored for the students who go there. 

An environment where:

  • Parents are encouraged to be involved.
  • Teachers have the freedom to innovate.
  • Students have the chance to learn.
  • All three are held accountable for improving student achievement.

Why do parents / students choose charter?

Families choose to educate through the Charter programs for a variety of reasons; philosophical, the ability to have the time to focus on a specific area of interest such as a sport, arts, theme. Homeschooling gives flexibility in scheduling. For instance being able to start studies later or earlier in the day, choosing a modality or theme that interests your child, integrating more hands-on activities or field trips to teach academic skills or standards. Some families choose to participate in a charter for further parent involvement in their student's education, or to focus the education in a more holistic, personalized, child-centered way. Many choose to homeschool because the traditional classroom model is not working for their child for one reason or another. Primarily choosing The Charter School means that the delivery method of instruction is different. 

Our Charter offers 7 different programs and two formats of instruction: classroom based, and homeschool, which includes a blend of home and classroom instruction. Nature Academy is now the only 5 day week classroom based program that is a part of our Charter.  If you want to learn more, please contact them directly, or go to their website. Mountain Independent Studies, one of Homeschooling programs, is our only satellite program. It supports students in the Soquel area.

We have 5 Homeschool based programs within the Charter that are located here within the district. While they all share the same basic processes and procedures to support the homeschooling family, each program also has their specialized focus that parents come for. What makes our Homeschool Charter programs special is that we are a site-based homeschool community, and we integrate social-emotional learning within our programs. The programs include: Quail Hollow Integrated Arts (7–8), Quail Hollow Homeschool (K6), Fall Creek Homeschool (K5), Coast Redwood Middle School (68), & Coast Redwood High School (912).

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, monthly review of student progress.

How is the teaching done?

Nature Academy is the only 5-day week program that is a part of the Charter. 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 academic State standards, as well as any other skills the team determines are appropriate to develop. These skills include progress in our school-wide outcomes of Communication, Character, Citizenship, Critical and Creative thinking.

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.  Additionally, all families are able to participate in up to 9 hours of classes per week to support your homeschooling. (Learn more when you talk to the teachers about each program)

What are the expectations for a Homeschooling parent?

Meet with teacher on a regular basis to discuss and show progress toward State Standards and personal goals, turn in attendance, progress sheets and work samples monthly. Classes and specific programs have their own expectations.

Confused about Charter School programs and what they have to offer?

Yes, this Charter school is unique and sometimes hard to figure out how it is all connected, let alone where we are located!

There are many classes and activities that are offered to any student who is enrolled in any of the programs in the Charter. Nature Academy is now the only 5 day week program, and is self contained because of this.

There is more interweaving and sharing of classes, activities and campus locations within the homeschool programs. While all programs in the Charter School have the same School Wide Outcomes and enphasis on parent involvement, each program has a special focus as well. Knowing the names and locations is important when researching and deciding what program may be best for your child(ren).

Here is a quick breakdown: 
SLVUSD Charter School is the name of the school. Within the Charter school 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 our school.  Each program is known by their name and can be found at one of two locations, with an additional satellite program in Soquel:

How are students assigned to a teacher?

This process is easy with the Nature Academy, which is a classroom based program, with 26 students per grade, and one teacher per grade.  Sixth grade is a self-contained classroom. The seventh and eighth grade students are team taught by two teachers. They all go to another teacher for math.

With the Homeschooling programs, the process is a bit trickier. 

  • We work to do what's best for the child/family and assign a family to a student based on the program the family wants to be involved in.
  • We also need to take into consideration any reduction of staff, teachers taking leaves, as well as the need to balance class vs teacher of record needs.

How is my student's yearly academics plan determined?

At the beginning of the year, you and your student will meet with your supervising teacher to determine an individualized academic plan. As a team you will review your student's academic strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis throughout the year. Changes and modifications can be adjusted when a parent or teacher feels it would benefit the students learning and progress. 


What are the core subject areas? (gr. K-12)

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Language
  • Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Fine 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 students 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)

A “daily engagement log” (tracking each student’s daily engagement in educational activities for each day school is in session) is required by 5 CCR 11960.

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)
Additionally, Students in grades 1-6 must have at least 100 minutes of P.E. each 10 school days, and grades 7-12 must have at least 400 minutes each 10 school days. In independent study, a “minimum day” is based on the teacher’s determination of the time value of that work. Nonetheless, whatever that minimum amount of work is, it must be done on the scheduled school day for which it is claimed as attendance for ADA purposes.



Can I count the work my student does on the weekends in his/her daily planner/log? (gr. K-12)


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 teachers 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 graduation 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 core curriculum?       (gr. K-12)

There are many ways to show mastery of core curriculum. You can do any of the following: pass an exam, create a project or portfolio that shows mastery of the standards, give an oral presentation, design a multi-media presentation, map, or other research project, complete a course at another school, an on-line course, and work with your teacher and family to create a specific learning experience. Other options are available and are only limited by your creativity. Your supervising teacher will work with you to ensure outcome requirements for each course with class expectations and levels of proficiency.



How will my work be evaluated? (gr. K-12)

Your teacher of record will review your weekly progress and work samples to evaluate your progress. Other means of evaluation can include observations and discussions on content studied, written and oral exams, review of a final project or portfolio. Your teacher will also evaluate your work done in other programs and schools and is responsible for transferring grades and credits. Teachers will use various assessment methods to evaluate work and achievement of proficiency in outcomes, including leveled rubrics, blooms taxonomy. Assessment methods and tools used will be determined based on the learning objective for the course as well as the format the student chooses to show mastery.


Will I earn grades? (gr. K-12)

Elementary students are generally graded based on a leveled rubric that is evaluated by the supervising teacher and parents.  Coast Redwood High School issues grades. High school students may have the option to receive pass/fail credit.


What are the minimum requirements to graduate from SLVUSD Charter School with a diploma? (gr. 9-12) 

  1. You must pass both the English and the Math section of the CAHSEE (SLVUSD Board Policy 6146.1).
  2. 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).
  3. 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
**Please note each Charter program may have different requirements for graduation portfolios, community service, and senior exit interviews. The above requirements represent the minimum requirements for graduation with a diploma.  Students may be able to acquire additional credits if they choose to challenge themselves.


How can I monitor what is needed to complete in order to graduate from high school?

Your teacher will give you a graduation check off sheet that shows all courses and tests needed to complete each semester for grades 9-12. This sheet will be updated to include all courses and credits received from schools you may have transferred from, as well as credits from community colleges, and any ROP courses.



How many hours of work equal one credit? (gr. 9-12)

15 hours including at home or class time, with completed work assignments equals one credit. (average 50 minutes per day x 5 x 36 weeks in school year / 10 credits)

Is it possible to receive partial credit? (gr. 9-12)

Schools must accept the partial credit of satisfactorily completed coursework. EC Section 48645.5 states:

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)

When you take a course at another school, or at the community college while still in high school, you are in concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment means that you attend more than one school and earn credit in both schools simultaneously. Community college courses are recorded both in your high school transcript as well as in your Community college transcript. You will be beginning your official college transcript, which will follow you through your post high school academic years. For example, if you are taking Spanish 1 at Cabrillo the credit you earn for that class can be applied to your high school transcript and also to your Cabrillo transcript. Likewise, you may take a course at SLVHS or another high school while you are enrolled in Homeschool. In this case, your credits will translate directly to your Homeschool transcript. A student may only be concurrently enrolled in another school for less than 20% of her/his annual school calendar.



If I am taking a class at another location or school may I log it on my planner/daily log sheet? (gr. K-12)

You may count classes you attend at other public or private schools for daily instructional minutes. High school students may log classes you take at community colleges until you reach 40 credits of concurrent enrollment. You may not log hours for classes you take at community colleges after you earn 40 credits of concurrent enrollment (CA Ed Code 51747).



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)


Credits earned in regular high school classes within or outside our school district may translate directly between schools. There is no limit to the number of graduation credits you can earn from other high schools, including private high schools (SLVUSD Board Policy 6146.11).

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 course work 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)

The SLVUSD Board Policy 6146.11 limits graduation credits earned outside public or private high schools to 40. Your total credits earned in college may exceed 40, but you can only count 40 towards high school graduation.

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)

  1. The college course must be recorded in your semester planning sheet.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You can count credits only from classes that you complete and pass.

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May I log study time, preparation for college classes and other college preparation activities toward my daily instructional minutes? (gr. 9-12)

Yes, all educational activities that are recorded on your semester planning sheet and monitored by your teacher of record can be used towards graduation credits. After you have earned 40 credits towards high school in college classes, you may not log additional time for college classes towards your high school credits. Study time and preparation for college courses, however, may be recorded in your daily logs or planning sheets. (SLVUSD Board Policy 6416.11).



May I count Work Experience Education toward high school graduation credits? (gr. 9-12)

Yes, and SLVUSD Board Policy 6416.11 limits the total number of graduation credits for work-study to 40. No more than 10 credits of WEE can be earned in a single semester.

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 get credit for work as a teacher's assistant? (gr. 9-12)

Yes, as a Junior or Senior you can receive up to 5 credits per semester for a class, not to exceed 20 credits over 4 years of high school. Your supervising teacher will work with you to determine documentation and expectations required in order for you to receive credits.



May I attend more than one college? (gr. 9-12)

You may attend more than one college. You may not exceed 40 concurrent enrollment credits total in college classes toward your high school diploma.



As a high school student, I am limited in the number of classes I can take in college, and I am not able to play sports on the college team. What can I do to increase my educational opportunities? (gr. 9-12)

In order to be enrolled as a full-time college student you need to be older than 16, or have a certificate of graduation equivalency by passing the CHSPE exam, or have a graduation equivalency diploma by passing the GED exam, or earn a high school diploma (CA Ed Code 48400, 48412, 76001, 76001c and 76002).



What are the requirements of the CHSPE? (gr. 9-12)

You must be 16 years old, and/or completed their first semester of 10th grade, or will have completed one academic year of enrollment in the tenth grade at the end of the semester during which the next regular administration will be conducted (CA Ed Code 48412).



Can I continue to attend SLV Charter after I pass the CHSPE? (gr. 9-12)

Yes. In fact, passing the CHSPE itself does not exempt minors from attending school (CA Ed Codes 48400, 48410 and 48412).