Ukiah Independent Study Academy, K-12
2020-2021 Student Handbook
Scott Paulin, Principal
Ukiah Unified School District
511 South Orchard Avenue, Ukiah, CA 95482
|Board of Education||District Administration|
|Anne Molgaard, President||Debra Kubin, Superintendent|
|Megan Van Sant, Vice President||Debbie Ornelas, Executive Assistant|
|Zoey Fernandez, Clerk||Steve Barekman, Chief Business Official|
|Beatriz "Bea" Arkin||Katie Sommers, Asst. Superintendent of Educational Services|
|Carolyn Barrett||Nicole Glentzer, Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources|
|José Diaz||Phone: (707) 472-5002|
|Tyler Nelson||Fax: (707) 463-2120|
|Ukiah Independent Study Academy|
Table of Contents
(clicking any link will take you to the corresponding section)
|UUSD Mission Statement||Independent Study Policy|
|UISA Statement||Academic Honesty|
|School Vision||Dress Code|
|School Mission||Drug & Weapon Free Zone|
|ESLRs||Electronic Devices on Campus|
|Criteria for Participation||Skateboards/Skates/Bicycles|
|Eligibility for UISA||Use of Trained Dogs|
|Intake Process||Tobacco-Free Policy|
|Steps for Student and Parent/Guardian||Vandalism|
|Educational Options for UISA Students||Use of the Internet|
|Concurrent College Courses||Common Area Rules|
|Blended Learning||Food Services|
|Hybrid Enrollment at UHS||Mealtime|
|Tutoring Services||Master Agreement|
|A-G Requirements||Resources and Services|
|College Entrance||Student Responsibilities|
|Subject Requirements||Parent/Guardian/Caregiver Responsibilities|
511 South Orchard Ave.
Ukiah, CA 95482
“Focusing on Success for All”
|The Ukiah Unified School District will provide an educational experience that instills and enhances self-esteem, assures success on the basis of individual interests and abilities, and fosters constructive relations among students, teachers and parents. Students will benefit from their educational experiences by acquiring knowledge and skills that provide them with choices about continuing formal education or entering the work environment. Students will be prepared to contribute to their communities, be responsible to themselves and others, and deal appropriately with issues impacting the society in which they live.|
All students will successfully participate in their academic, physical and emotional growth in preparation for life. The following goals have been established to support student growth and development:
Students will be able to:
The Ukiah Unified School District serves a population of approximately 5800 students, preschool through adult age. The district comprises 6 neighborhood elementary schools, 2 middle schools and a comprehensive high school. In addition, our district offers an early education preschool, independent learning opportunities for elementary and high school students, an alternative education high school and an adult learning center. We serve students from the city of Ukiah and the surrounding communities of Redwood Valley and Hopland.
Vision & Mission Statement
Ukiah Independent Study Academy students will become self-directed, confident, creative learners who are responsible, relevant, and productive contributors within their communities.
Ukiah Independent Study Academy (UISA)
Students who choose to enroll at Ukiah Independent Study Academy are considered as follows:
|Criteria for Participation|
The Ukiah Independent Study Academy is for students in situations where their special interests, abilities or individual needs are not being met through traditional instructional approaches. These students must have the willingness and ability to successfully complete the educational requirements of Independent Study. Students who may be appropriately enrolled in Independent Study include, but are not limited to, students who:
|Eligibility for Ukiah Independent Study Academy (UISA)|
The Independent Study Administrator may approve the participation of a student who demonstrates the motivation, commitment, organization and academic skills necessary to work independently. For an elementary student, the Independent Study Administrator may consider the parent/guardian’s level of commitment to assist the student.
The District/School is/are not obligated to permit a student to engage in Independent Study if it is not determined to be an appropriate alternative for the student (Title 5 Codes of Regulations 11700(d)).
|Selection or Intake Process|
In order to provide educational enrichment and support to our students we offer the following opportunities:
|Concurrent College Enrollment|
Mendocino College admits a limited number of pre-high and high school students who may then enroll in up to 11 units per semester. Special admit students are exempted from paying the enrollment fee (other fees still apply) and credits earned through these enrollments may be used to fulfill high school in addition to college certificate, transfer, or graduation requirements.
To be admitted, you must complete an Application of Admission as well as the 9-12 Special Admission Application. The 9-12 Special Admission Application must be approved by your school principal/designee and parent/guardian. 9th - 10th grade students must also obtain the permission of the college instructor and all students age 13 and younger must obtain the permission of the Dean of Instruction. Please note some courses may require a placement test or other prerequisites.
The completed 9-12 Special Admission Application can be submitted to the Office of Admissions & Records by fax (707-468-3430), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or it can be hand-delivered to the Ukiah Campus, the Lakeport Center or the North County Center.
|Benefits of Concurrent Enrollment|
Ukiah Independent Study Academy (UISA) has a limited selection of foreign language and higher level math courses and offers only Biology as a lab science course. Students who are applying to four year colleges should have these courses. Taking courses at the community college also allows students to explore different career options. Students may also choose this option to make up lost credits in their earlier high school years. In some instances, completed courses at the community college level can be used for both high school graduation and college graduation requirements. In addition, courses which are transferable to the University of California are given weighted grades on the high school transcript, which can raise a student’s GPA.
|Mendocino College Units to Ukiah Independent Study Academy Credits|
|Units at MCC||Credits at UISA|
Students participate in both online and traditional independent study courses. Ukiah Independent Study Academy (UISA) offers Online courses through Cyber High and Odysseyware. Students are successful in blended online classes when they are self-motivated, can stick to a schedule, resourceful enough to seek out help if they have trouble with an assignment or online task, and are good at following written directions. Students that do not complete weekly work, will be referred out to a traditional independent study course.
|Hybrid Enrollment at Ukiah High School|
Students have the opportunity to take classes at Ukiah High School that are not offered through Ukiah Independent Study Academy. Availability of classes is determined by Ukiah High School and not guaranteed. Students on a Hybrid Schedule are required to follow guidelines listed in the Student Hybrid Contract. CTE opportunities are available through hybrid enrollment.
As an Ukiah Unified School District Student, enrolled in one or more courses at a site other than my school of record, I am aware that:
Consequences for violations:
Regardless of whether the offense is a first time offense, I will be removed from the course which may result in a grade of “Failing”.
|Tutoring and Educational Workshops|
We offer tutoring in math and writing, and art workshops at scheduled times during the week. We are currently working on expanding workshops in science, college readiness and careers. Students are encouraged to participate in tutoring and workshops offered through UUSD at other school sites.
High School students are able to participate in the UHS Athletic Program if eligibility criteria is met according to the CIF, NCS, NBL and UHS by-laws. At every academic grading period, a student must maintain a unweighted GPA of 2.0 or higher and be making minimal progress towards graduation. This is defined as being on track to pass 20 credits/semester and not more the 20 credits deficient towards graduation.
If a student is planning to participate in a Division I or II collegiate athletic program, he/she must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at https://web3.ncaa.org and meet eligibility criteria for admissions. If a student is planning to participate in a NAIA college athletic program, he/she must register at http://www.playnaia.org/. UISA is registered and certified with both organizations. See the school administrator for more information.
|Agreements with Ukiah High School|
Transfer From UISA to UHS (Senior Year)
Students transferring from UISA to UHS or from UHS to UISA during the senior year must complete this transfer by the first week of the second semester. These students would graduate from the respective school and receive a diploma from that school.
UISA students may attend UHS dances as a guest of a UHS student.Back to top of page
High School Graduation Requirements
The Ukiah Unified Board of Education approved the following requirements for graduation:
ALL STUDENTS must successfully complete a minimum of 230 credits, not more than 40 of which may be physical education, or work experience.
Graduation Requirements include:
Ukiah Unified School District in Grades 9-12
California School of Higher Education
California Community Colleges
California Community Colleges are schools such as Mendocino College, Santa Rosa Junior College and College of the Redwoods. All high school graduates are eligible for admission. There are no specific high school courses or grade point averages required for entrance, but a lack of prerequisites may prevent enrollment for the desired college courses.
|High School Enrollment In Community College Courses|
Please see your counselor for more information.
Student Behavior Expectations
Any form of cheating/plagiarism identified by a teacher will result in the student receiving zero credit for the assignment/test without the possibility of a rewrite or makeup.
A phone call by UISA’s administrator to his or her parent/guardian will be made in the addition to the consequences.
|Drug Weapon Free Zone|
State law forbids anyone except a police officer to bring any type of weapon or explosive onto a public school campus.
Included under the prohibition are fireworks (including firecrackers), knives (knives include buck knives, penknives, and pocket knives), handguns, rifles or any dangerous objects.
|Electronic Devices on Campus|
SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF OR BY ANY EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
As defined by California Education Code, Section 212.5: “Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting.”
It is deliberate or repeated sexual attention that is unwelcome, unwanted, and not returned. If you feel you are being harassed, you are encouraged to immediately report such incident(s) to your counselor or to the Assistant Principal without fear of reprisal. If you are a student, you or your parent/guardian are encouraged to report any such incident immediately to the school administration or to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Student Services in the District Office – 463-5208.
Skateboards, bicycles, scooters and roller-blades may not be ridden ON THE CAMPUS AT ANY TIME.
Violations of this rule will result in confiscation of the Skateboard/Skates/Bicycle etc and parents will be required to pick the skateboard up at the secretary office.
|Use of Trained Dogs|
In an effort to keep the schools free of drugs, the district may use specially trained non-aggressive dogs to sniff out and alert staff to the presence of substances prohibited by law or district policy. The dogs may sniff the air around desks, bags items or vehicles on the district property or at district sponsored events as long as they are not allowed to search any person. Items shall not be sniffed if a person is close by. The inspections shall be unannounced and may be made at the discretion of the Administration. Students and parents/guardians shall be informed of this policy at the beginning of each school year.
Possession and/or use of any form of tobacco (both chewing and smoking) is not allowed at school, within two blocks of school, on a bus or at any school activity (this includes having CHEW GRAINS in teeth and tobacco-less chew).
*Students under 18 years of age will be cited for possession by the Ukiah Police Department.
Vandalism includes defacing, damaging, or otherwise destroying school or personal property. This includes all school property, such as buildings, walls and fountains, restroom fixtures, books, desks, lockers, lights, buses, computers, equipment, tables, etc., and/or property belonging to other persons.
|Use of the Internet|
Students shall not use school computers for any illegal or fraudulent purposes, such as changing data stored in the computer, destroying any data in the computer, or duplicating, faking or stealing any school records, discs or forms.
These offences will be dealt with in a serious manner including possible police contact and expulsion.
Users found to have committed acts of vandalism shall be subject to the cancellation of computer, network, or Internet services.
(Students who harass or make threats either sent or received from computers at UHS are subject to consequences per school policy of threats and harassment).
Vandalism is defined as any intentional act which causes, or attempts to cause, damage or destruction to the electronic data of another, to any computer, to any Internet resource, to any software or hardware, or to any software or data which is the result of the introduction or creation of any computer virus or program designed to cause such damage or destruction.
|Common Area Rules|
|CAFETORIUM FOOD SERVICES|
The location of the Cafetorium is located on the Ukiah High School campus in the B building.
|Ukiah Independent Study Academy Master Agreement|
Independent Study is an optional educational alternative that students voluntarily select. All students who choose Independent Study must be offered the alternative of classroom instruction, and they must have the continuing option of returning to the classroom.
|Objectives, Methods of Study, Methods of Evaluations, and Resources:|
The major objective for the duration of this agreement is to enable the child to keep current with their current grade studies for the period covered by this agreement. Subject/course objectives reflect the curriculum adopted by the district’s governing board and are consistent with district standards. The specific objectives, methods of study, methods of evaluation and resources for each assignment covered by this agreement will be described in the student work assignment record, which is part of this agreement. Any subsidiary agreement(s) are also part of this agreement.
According to the district policy, the maximum length of time allowed between the assignment and the date the assignment is due is one week unless an exception is made in accordance with district policy. After three missed assignments in any one subject or two missed appointments with the supervising teacher without valid reasons, an evaluation will be made to determine whether Independent Study is an appropriate strategy for this student.
|Equitable Provision of Resources and Services:|
The Independent Study option is to be substantially equivalent in quality to classroom instructions, and that students who choose to engage in independent study are to have equality of rights and privileges with students in the regular school program.