Independent Study

Maple Creek School offers a K – 8 Independent Study program to families who desire an alternative to a traditional classroom setting. Highlights of our program are as follows:

  • Individualized curricula and lesson plans meet or exceed all California academic standards.
  • Customized multi-age and subject-integrated curriculum units allow for several students in a family to work together on common themes.
  • Study unit time frames are a minimum of one week to a maximum of four weeks, and can often be varied to accommodate personal considerations.
  • Check-ins can be scheduled for maximum convenience.
  • Check-in days will feature school-wide special activities that include Independent students in our many enrichment classes and fieldtrips.
  • Interactive computer communication is available on both Macintosh and PC platforms.


August 12, 2021


 Parents and guardians of enrolled pupils have the option to enroll their child in in-person instruction or independent study for the 2021-2022 school year.


Parents and guardians have the right to request a pupil-parent-educator conference to ask questions before making the decision about enrollment or disenrollment in the various options for learning. The conference may be conducted by telephone, videoconference or in-person. If you are considering independent study, please let us know by August 23, 2021, so that we have accurate enrollment numbers while planning for the new school year.  If you wish to request a conference for your student, please contact Wendy Orlandi at 707-668-5596 or

Procedures for Enrolling, Disenrolling and Reenrolling in Independent Study

To enroll in independent study for the 2021/2022 school year, there must be an agreement in place for each student. The agreement must be signed by the student’s parent, legal guardian, or caregiver and the student. For students with exceptional needs, the student’s individualized education program (IEP) must specifically provide for independent study before the student can begin participating.

If you wish to have your student return to in-person instruction during the school year, you may provide notice to Wendy Orlandi,,and your student will return to in person instruction no later than five instructional days after receipt of the notice.

Students may re-enroll in independent study at any time during the 2021/2022 school year by following the same procedure..

Instructional Time that a Pupil Will Have Access to as part of Independent Study

For grades K-3, there will be a plan to provide opportunities for daily synchronous instruction. For grades 4-8, there will be a plan to provide opportunities for both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction.

Live interaction means interaction between the student and the teacher, aide or other personnel and may include peers; this interaction may be in person, by internet or phone.

Synchronous instruction means classroom-style instruction, or small group, or one-on-one instruction delivered in person or by internet or phone and involving two-way communication between the student and teacher.

If you are interested in independent study for your student or students, or wish to schedule a conference with staff, please contact Wendy Orlandi at 707-668-5596 or


Wendy Orlandi, Superintendent

Maple Creek Elementary School District

MCS IS Agreement

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