Academic and social successes are significantly related to regular instrucsuccessful alternative to traditional classroom-based school programs to empower students to achieve academic and personal goals through the independent study program. The OFL independent study program allows students flexibility in scheduling their academic program. Teachers work with the students to determine their courses and appointments. To be successful and remain in the program, students must meet the minimum requirements:
- Be responsible for attending two appointments each weektion and goal setting. OFL provides a
- Be responsible for working 4 to 6 hours every school day on the class assignments
- Be responsible for completing a minimum of one unit each week (one unit equals the assignments and assessments)
- Be responsible for attending all Direct Instruction (DI) class meetings and complete all required assignments
Teachers verify attendance based on student attendance sheets and completed assigned activities. It is necessary to verify the students’ progress. If the student fails to sign in on their attendance sheet and/or turn in the required assignments by the appropriate due date, the student will be counted as absent for that period. Illness and family emergencies are considered excused absences as in a traditional school or on a job.
Parents are required to call their student’s teacher prior to the absence. Students 18 and over must inform their teacher themselves. Lack of transportation is not an excused absence. It is the students’ responsibility to work out transportation. OFL has 24-hour voice mail for messages. Students may call collect if necessary.
OFL’s policy is to define truancy as failure to report to regular appointments and/or failure to complete the minimum assignments. Truancy occurs when the student fails to complete 100% of the minimum work assignments required for one school month, fails to verify 75% of attendance for one school month, or misses four instructor appointments without a valid reason. If a student is considered truant, they may be considered to have voluntarily withdrawn in accordance with the terms of the Master Agreement. Any student who has been truant for two consecutive months will be considered to have voluntarily withdrawn from the OFL program.
The State of California mandates that students attend school and participate in all state standardized testing. It is the parents’/ guardians’ responsibility to see that their children attend school and participate in testing. OFL teachers welcome the opportunity to speak with parents/guardians at any time regarding attendance and academic progress. OFL offers a year round program where there are no traditional semesters. Student progress reports or grades are available upon request.