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Horizons CIS

Horizons - Center for Independent Study

INDEPENDENT STUDY

The Horizons School: Center for Independent Study is a school in which students work on assignments at home or at the Horizons School Center. The heart of independent study is student learning and building a strong student-teacher relationship through weekly meetings.

HOW IT WORKS

Students meet with their teacher once a week for one to three hours to discuss their progress on work assigned by the teacher.  Each week they hand in the previous week's assignments, complete projects, and get the assignments for the following week.

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS?

  1. You must do a full week's worth of work each week, which is 25-30 hours on average.
  2. Students must attend their weekly appointment with their teacher.
  3. When you are on site, you must correct your homework and take tests, in addition to meeting with your teacher. On your appointment day, you will be at school for at least an hour, possibly three.

PROGRAM STRENGTHS

  • Individualized study
  • Flexibility--You decide when to do your hours of schoolwork.
  • No peer pressure--Your success depends upon you.
  • You have a 1-1 relationship with your teacher
  • You can be concurrently enrolled in other programs:  You can take up to two classes in a community college or at your home school
  • Freedom--You're free from the social aspects and structures of regular high school
  • You can still participate in your home school's activities (e.g. proms, performances, sports events)

WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL?

In order to succeed at CIS you will need some specific skills:

  1. Good reading ability
  2. Self discipline and ability to manage your time
  3. A good work ethic that includes the ability to work hard
  4. The ability to be on time and meet academic deadlines
  5. The ability to learn math independently

STEPS TO FOLLOW

  1. Obtain the application either from your home school (see your Student Services Coordinator) or this web site
  2. Fill out application form correctly and completely.  It is in part a test to see if you can read and follow directions.
  3. Sign it ... and your parent must sign too.
  4. Get an administrator at your home school to sign it.  He/she should be able to tell you whether Independent Study is a good option for you.
  5. Turn in your application.  The administrator at your home school will submit your application to Horizons CIS for you.
  6. Wait for Horizons to consider the application.  Frequently, interviews are scheduled before admission.

WHAT IS CIS LOOKING FOR?

We want to determine whether or not you can teach yourself.

We look at your grades, especially in English and Math; your test scores; your credits; your attendance and behavior records.

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY IS UNIQUE: IS IT A GOOD FIT FOR YOU?

  • Do you wish to learn to be independent or are you independent already?
  • Do you tend to get things done on your own?
  • Do you have a good grasp of how to do schoolwork?
  • Are you resourceful, able to find answers to questions and to solve problems on your own?
  • Are you self-disciplined?
  • Are you self-motivated?
  • Can you manage your time well?
  • Do you take responsiblity for yourself, what you learn, what you achieve?

If you answer "yes" to the majority of these qustions, then our program may be for you!