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Absence Reporting

If you think your child will be absent, please call the attendance number at (925) 682-8000 ext 3960. Include your student's name, teacher, and reason for absence. Thank you!

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Students, see links above to learn  if Independent Study is right for you.


Contact our Main Office

Horizons Center for Independent Study (CIS)

One Santa Barbara Road

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

(925) 682-8000 x3960 OFFICE

(925) 937-6052 FAX


Administration and Staff


Heather Morelli

Office Manager

Carlene Hunt 

School Support

Carolyn Goetz

Adam Ling


Alternative Education Schools

Horizons Home Study

(K-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

(925) 458-1316

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Message for Current and Prospective

Horizons CIS Students and Families, 8/5/20

Dear Students and Families:

We appreciate all students and families who are interested in knowing more about our school, Horizons Center for Independent Study. At this time, we anticipate a distance learning reopening of school at the start of the upcoming school year. Please continue to stay tuned to our school website (and MDUSD school district website for definitive reopening information) as we prepare for a safe return to school. Click on the buttons below to learn what to expect when school instruction reopens August 17. 

Thank you,

Horizons Center for Independent Study

Students and Families, please complete and submit one survey per student.

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.


Activities during School Closure


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Students, please check with Teachers directly by email and through Google Classroom regarding school work.

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CIS Calendar

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2020-2021 Important Dates

Aug 17: First Student Day

Sep 7: Labor Day

Nov 11: Veteran's Day

Nov 23 to 27: School Recess

Dec 21 to Jan 4: Winter Recess

Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day

Feb 12: School Recess

Feb 15: Presidents' Day

April 2: Cesar Chavez Day

Apr 5 to 9: Spring Recess

May 31: Memorial Day

Jun 2: Last Student Day

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