California Public School Independent Study

LEGAL HOMESCHOOL OPTION#4: A California Public School Independent Study Program


For all regulations below see legal reference #1


Notify The School

Parents must simply enroll their child in an California Independent Study Program offered by a school district or a charter school.



The California Public School Independent Study Program itself may have it’s own qualifications.


Hours Of Instruction

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


Required Subjects

The State of California requires that the following 7 educational subjects be taught, in English, in all public and private schools in the state. Students who participate in a California Public School Independent Study program will study these 7 subjects as their core curriculum:

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

(See legal reference #2)



Records will be kept by the program. Parents do not need to keep records.



The Program will determine its own testing.


Legal References

  1. Public School Independent Study: California Education Code 51745.
  2. Required Subjects: California Education Code 51210.


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.

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