Consider investigating charter school opportunities for your child. They are tuition-free public schools (with campus-based and independent study options), and they have public-school responsibility to provide special education services per the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Most charter schools have waiting lists and lotteries for enrollment, so it is best to look into this option early on. Children are eligible to attend charter schools not located in their home districts. Visit the California Department of Education website to find out more. View charters' websites, make phone calls, and schedule visits to see if the charter option is right for your child's individualized educational needs.
Some possible charter schools to check out:
Horizon Charter Schools
2800 Nicolaus Road Suite 100
Lincoln, CA 95648
- Horizon Charter Schools serve approximately 2,900 students in Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, Sacramento, Yuba, & Sutter Counties. Horizon Charter Schools are public schools and charge no tuitions or fees. Our personalized learning approach targets students' interests, abilities and aptitudes. From Kindergarten to 12th grade, Horizon provides each student with comprehensive quality learning choices and educational pathways. Parents and students partner with highly qualified credentialed teachers in home-based/independent study programs. Additional hybrid options include Partnerships for Student-Centered Learning's Lincoln Montessori Community Cooperative, Accelerated Learning Academy in Roseville, Sacramento Leadership Collaborative, Sacramento Academy of Enterprising Youth, and the Roseville Academy of Math, Science and Engineering.
Horizon Charter School
College Prep Academy
- Horizon’s Virtual High School (VHS) is a free college-prep academy where students enroll in a highly rigorous program with 24/7 access to online classes. The Horizon VHS is different from most cyber schools because the teaching of classes is not contracted to an outside commercial vendor. Horizon VHS classes are facilitated by highly qualified Horizon teachers and mentors. Horizon Charter School is opening a new Virtual High School for the 2010/11 school year. Teens in Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Sutter, Nevada, and Yuba counties looking for a cyber school now have a new option from Horizon Charter School.
Western Sierra Collegiate Academy
6880 Destiny Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677
- Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (WSCA) is a public, tuition-free charter school of choice for students in the greater Placer County California area. Founded by a coalition of experienced educators and parents, WSCA prepares graduates to enter and thrive at the world's finest universities and colleges. As a charter school, WSCA operates independently of a traditional school district.
WSCA is governed by the Board of Directors of Rocklin Academy, and modeled after Pacific Collegiate School.
Both are highly successful schools. Preference is given first to students transferring from Rocklin Academy or living in Rocklin. Grades 7-12
Antelope View Charter School
3243 Center Court Lane
Antelope, CA 95843
- Serving 6th to 12th grade students, Antelope View Charter School uses an independent study program which also requires site-based instruction. Our site-based classes have a student-teacher ratio of about 20 to 1. Remember, as an independent study school, we require students to perform a good deal of work at home.
California Virtual Academies (CAVA)
2360 Shasta Way, Suite A
Simi Valley, CA 93065
- The California Virtual Academies use curriculum and services provided by K¹². Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well. For high school, CAVA uses the K¹²9¹² program from K¹². Whether targeting a top-tier, four-year University, a local community college, or an immediate career, CAVA prepares students to maximize their post-high school success through K¹²9¹².