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Alternative Education Programs » Independent Study - Opportunity - On-site Continuation

Independent Study - Opportunity - On-site Continuation


Regional Independent Study is a program in which the students complete their school work at home and test weekly at their Regional Center on a scheduled appointment time/day.  Most students also participate in at least one hour per week online with APEX in the Independent Study Computer Lab.  Students can also use the independent study facility/teachers, as well as their home school campus' programs and facilities if needed for extra support and instruction.

The Independent Study Program is designed to allow students to work at an individual pace, thus allowing them to make up credits they are missing as well as accelerate their education.  Each comprehensive site has a placement process that reviews all applications for Independent Study.  Grades 9-12 may apply.  Applications for Independent Study are available in the Guidance Office of your school site.

The AVUHSD now has three Regional Independent Study Centers:   

Highland High School, Knight High School, and Lancaster High School

Students and parents/guardians have the option to choose which Regional Center they wish to attend on the condition that space exists at the center of their choice.




Opportunity class periods are designed for 9th -10th grade students who are behind 20 or less credits. 

The Opportunity class is part of the student's regular 6-period class schedule. 

First Semester is for 10th graders who will be placed to make up failed classes as well as stay on track with their current course work.  They will then be placed back into a regular schedule at the start of Second Semester.

Second Semester is for 9th graders who will be placed into Opportunity based off of their First Semester grades.  Students will be expected to work on failed classes as well as their current course work to catch up and stay on track.

The student's Guidance Counselor would include this assignment in the student's schedule.




The On-Site Continuation Program (OSC) is an extension of the AVUHSD's Continuation school

Desert Winds High School.

While attending On Site Continuation, the student is considered a Desert Winds student until placed back at Highland High School.  

The OSC program is designed to help students make up credits when they are 30 credits behind.  Students MUST be at least 16 years old and have clear discipline and attendance records.  OSC is a semester based program. 

First Semester is for grades 11-12,

Second Semester is for grades 10-11. 

Highland High School offers two OSC classes with a.m. or p.m. sessions, five days a week, for 3 1/2 hours daily.  Please contact the student's Guidance Counselor for more information or applications.