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Horizons Center for Independent Study (CIS)

One Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 682-8000 x3960 OFFICE

(925) 937-6052 FAX


Get to know our team...



Melissa Brennan

Office Manager

Carlene Hunt 

School Support

Carolyn Goetz

Elizabeth Weaver

School Counselor

Rebecca Woo

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Alternative Education Schools

Horizons Home Study

(TK-8th Grade Students)

One Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 682-8000 x3960 OFFICE

(925) 937-6052 FAX

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Site Council Members Needed!

We have three open parent positions for a two-year term.

We also have three open student positions for this school year.

The site council meets once per quarter via zoom.

What does the site council do?

The job of an elected site council member is to:

-work with the principal and site council members to analyze and evaluate academic achievement and aims of the school

-help develop and approve the school plan for student achievement with related proposed budget expenditures

-convey site budget goals and recommendations to other funding sources

-work collaboratively with MDUSD to provide programs beneficial to students and the site as a whole

-develop and maintain the school safety plan

To nominate yourself, a teacher, or a student, please feel free to contact Melissa Brennan at


Intradistrict Transfers Grades 6-12 in 2023-2024

The secondary intradistrict transfer application process is Oct 15th-Nov 15th. The online application is available at for students that will be in grades 6-12 for the 2023-2034 school year. 


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What is Independent Study?

  • Our Independent Study school is a University of California a-g approved program for high school students. It is designed to meet the same requirements as a traditional comprehensive high school. 
  • Students must transfer from their current high school to attend CIS full time. Most students graduate from CIS.
  • Students meet with a CIS teacher at least one (1) hour per week to review assignments, progress, assess skills, and develop a graduation plan. Full time students must take a minimum of four (4) classes to be considered a full time CIS student. 
  • CIS students have the option to enroll in classes at their traditional high school for daily instruction concurrently, if it is necessary.
  • CIS students have the option to attend classes at Diablo Valley College while they attend CIS. Students may take one or two classes concurrently with Diablo Valley College to earn both high school and college credits. Students work with CIS teachers to choose courses. 
  • Horizons also offers classes for students who would like more support. There are classes offered in math, science, and art. This support is available all school year and students will meet with their assigned CIS teacher to review their progress and schedule.
  • CIS students are able to play sports, join clubs and attend field trips and after school activities at their comprehensive high schools as long as they remain in good standing at CIS.


To learn more about what our school offers, please click on the tab Our School for application instructions, staff contact list, and additional descriptions about our school structure and programs.

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2022-2023 Important Dates

Aug 11: First Student Day

Sep 5: Labor Day

Oct 7: Quarter 1 Ends

Nov 11: Veteran's Day

Nov 21 to 25: School Recess

Dec 21: Quarter 2 Ends

Dec 22 to Jan 6: Winter Recess

Jan 16: Martin Luther King Day

Feb 17: School Recess

Feb 20: Presidents' Day

Mar 13: Teacher Work Day

Mar 17: Quarter 3 Ends

Mar 31: Cesar Chavez Day

Apr 3 to 7: Spring Recess

May 29: Memorial Day

Jun 2: Quarter 4 Ends and Last Student Day

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