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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

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



(Bay Point campus of Horizons Independent Study)

235 Pacifica Avenue

Bay Point, CA 94565

  x 5290 Gateway staff Mon to Thu

  x 3960 Enrollment Questions

(925) 937-6052 FAX

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Independent Study Program Update - Aug. 10, 2021

The deadline to apply for the District's Independent Study program was Aug. 5 in order to appropriately create classes and address staffing needs. If you are applying after the Aug. 5 date, placement in the Independent Study program will be based on the space currently available. Families interested in the program will be contacted by Horizons Staff as soon as space becomes available and their application is processed. Until that time, families are being directed to report to their school of attendance to begin the start of the school year or to contact their school site to discuss instructional options for their student until a space in Independent Study is confirmed.

The updated application for Independent Study (virtual learning) is located on the Horizons Home Study and Center for Independent Study websites:

  • TK-8th grade
  • 9th-12th grade - see Center for Independent Study Application above.


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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 a minimum of 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.
    • For example, many CIS students take Math at their high school to ensure they can successfully meet the Math requirements. 
  • CIS students have the option to attend classes at Diablo Valley College with 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 the best courses based on their requirements. 
  • Horizons also offers classes for students who would like more support. There are classes offered in Math, Science, English, Art, and PE. This support will be 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 and attend activities at their comprehensive high schools as long as they are 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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2021-2022 Important Dates

Aug 12: First Student Day

Sep 6: Labor Day

Oct 8: Term 1 Ends

Nov 11: Veteran's Day

Nov 22 to 26: School Recess

Dec 17: Term 2 Ends

Dec 20 to Jan 4: Winter Recess

Jan 17: Martin Luther King Day

Feb 18: School Recess

Feb 21: Presidents' Day

Mar 18: Term 3 Ends

Apr 1: Cesar Chavez Day

Apr 4 to 8: Spring Recess

May 30: Memorial Day

Jun 2: Term 4 Ends

Jun 2: Last Student Day

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