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Flexible. Customized.  

If you’re a high school student seeking an education outside of the traditional campus setting, Visalia Charter Independent Study has everything you need to succeed. There are many reasons students and their families choose independent study. Whatever your reason, you can rest assured knowing that the education you’ll receive will be just as good, if not better than what’s available to you at a traditional campus.    

What Makes VCIS Unique?

  • We are the only WASC-accredited independent study program in Visalia Unified School District.
  • We are the only WASC-accredited independent study program in the area that is approved by the University of California and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
  • California Standard-aligned core curriculum and textbooks.
  • Pathways from grades 9-12.
  • Online Program

Why Students & Families Choose VCIS:   Early Graduation  

Are you an ambitious student willing to put in the hard work to graduate early? If so VCIS can help you complete the credits you need to secure your diploma as soon as possible. We offer an accelerated curriculum for students who are college-bound or preparing to enter the work force. Our flexible structure allows you to complete courses at your own pace. Plus, you’ll be assigned a master teacher who will oversee your education every step of the way and assist you if you wish to take COS courses before you graduate.    

Credit Recovery  

If you’ve fallen behind with your coursework, VCIS can help you catch up! Our accelerated credit recovery program helps students focus on completing the classes necessary to graduate on time. You may return to your traditional site if you choose, but most students stay! Many students find that they enjoy the learning environment at VCIS so much, they finish their diploma here and walk in our impressive graduation ceremony!    

Teen Parenting  

If you’re a high school student with a child, or expecting, VCIS offers everything you need to succeed as a student and as a parent. Our parenting program offers prenatal education, parenting skills classes, and on-site child care—-so you can learn while your baby is being cared for just down the hall.    

Individual Tutoring  

With smaller classes and a more personalized learning environment, VCIS allows students to learn at their own pace. We offer individual and small group tutoring to help you better understand the coursework and excel in the classroom.    

Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways and Courses  

VCIS offers a variety of classroom-based career technical education opportunities that are engaging, rigorous, and fun! Students can complete pathways in child development, food service and hospitality, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy technician, dance choreography, professional music, professional theater, and stage technology. Other CTE classroom-based opportunities are computer programming, robotics and engineering, forensics, and marine biology. Students may also explore a variety of CTE courses online through eDynamic elective course offerings.