California Private School Independent Study


A California Private School Independent Study Program (i.e. Satellite Program)

Notify The School

Parents who chose this option must simply enroll their child for the Independent Study program with the private school of their choice. The private school itself is responsible for notifying the Superintendent Of Public Instruction, in their yearly affidavit, that your child is one of their students.

Hours of Instruction

The Private School you enroll your child in will determine the days and hours of instruction.

Required Subjects

The State of California requires all private schools (including Independent Study Programs) to teach the following educational subjects, in English, as part of their core curriculum:

For Grades 1-6

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Social Studies
  4. Science
  5. Visual and Performing Arts
  6. Health
  7. Physical Education

For Grades 7-12

  1. English
  2. Social sciences
  3. Foreign language or languages
  4. Physical education
  5. Science
  6. Mathematics
  7. Fine arts, including art, music, or drama
  8. Applied arts, including instruction in the areas of consumer and homemaking education, industrial arts, general business education, or general agriculture.
  9. Vocational-technical education
  10. Automobile driver education
  11. Other studies as may be prescribed by the governing board (i.e. you the parent).

(See legal references #1 & #2)


Parents who enroll their child in a Private School Independent Study program do not need to keep records. The private school offering the online program will be held responsible by the state of California for keeping records of your child’s education.


The Private School your child enrolls in will determine their own testing.

Legal References

  1. Required Subjects: California Education Code 51210 & California Education Code 51220.
  2. Private School Teaching of Required Subjects: California Education Code 48222.

This summary is for informational purposes only and is not given as legal advice. does not endorse any of the links or organizations listed above.

2 thoughts on “California Private School Independent Study”

  1. My kindergartener has to travel between CA and CO monthly, due to court order. We enrolled him in A private Christian Online School that’s not based in CO or CA. The NOI letter states the required hours, and testing, and it doesn’t make sense to us, because the private schools hours differ.
    So who is responsible in this situation, to test my child and notify? a letter of intent still required? Or because he’s technically in a private school with its own online program and schedule, they’re the ones keeping record and test my child so local public schools don’t need to? Is NOI still required in our case in CO?

    1. I apologize for the very late response.
      Since your child is enrolled in a private online school you are not required to test your child or to keep track of hours. The online private school should have their own schedule, keep their own records, and do their own testing. I would suggest you call your child’s school district in CO and ask if they require you to send in a Letter of Intent.

      I hope this helps.


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