High School Independent Study
Verdugo Academy is the high school independent study program offered by Glendale Unified School District and is available to students attending grades 9 through 12. This program is offered as an option for students needing an alternative learning environment in which to succeed.
The program works best for students who are self-motivated, are avid readers, and who work well independently. Parental supervision of student work completion is also a factor contributing to student success. Students wishing to attend Verdugo Academy must pass a reading test to assure that they have the skills to succeed in independent study.
Courses of Study
The Verdugo Academy curriculum is the same high quality course of study offered at schools in the Glendale Unified School District. It is not an alternative curriculum. The same state-approved texts and instructional materials used in District schools are provided free of charge to students in this program.
Verdugo Academy teachers work one-on-one with students to provide an individualized approach to each student’s needs and learning styles. Teachers maintain communication with parents and are generally available to answer questions throughout the day by phone or email. Parent-teacher meetings are also arranged to address questions or issues that may arise along the way.
Students generally find the program to be quite challenging and families should be aware that this is not a tutorial program. Students spend limited time with their respective teachers and are not taught in a classroom setting with other students.
Verdugo Academy provides students with all the requirements for graduation and college admission, as well as many Honors and AP courses. Verdugo Academy courses are UC a-g approved, however lab science, foreign language, and math beyond Algebra-2 must be taken through our online curriculum provider. Students also have the option of pursuing certain courses such as lab science at other locations while attending Verdugo Academy. (See "Additional Course Offerings" below for more information.)
Many Verdugo Academy courses are concentrated into 4-12 week blocks so that students take 2-3 courses at a time but finish them at an accelerated pace. For example, a student might be enrolled in English 10-1, Geometry-1, and an elective, and complete them at different rates. The elective might be completed in 4 weeks, English 10-1 in 8 weeks, and Geometry-1 in 12-16 weeks. In this way, the teacher and student plan a course of study that works for the individual’s learning style while keeping the same pace of course completion as students at the comprehensive high schools.
Verdugo Academy courses are entirely aligned to state and national standards of educational excellence, and are equal in quality and scope to curriculum provided for students enrolled in traditional classroom settings in the Glendale Unified School District.Additional Course OfferingsStudents wishing to complete work outside of Verdugo Academy to broaden their selection of courses may consider the following:
Community College Classes – are open to 9th through 12th graders with a GPA of 2.0 or better and must be approved by a school administrator. College fees will apply and must be paid by the family.
Summer Session – at a Glendale public high school or an accredited private school is another option for completing courses such as lab science. Prior approval by a school administrator is required. All fees must be paid by the family.
Work Experience – Students with jobs can earn 5 credits per semester by attending a weekly one-hour class and by documenting that they work at least 90 hours per semester. Seniors may earn up to 10 credits a semester by working at least 150 hours.
Adult Education – Seniors may take classes concurrently at Adult Ed and some juniors may also qualify.
ROP classes – allow students to acquire job skills and are available to all students in the Glendale School district. These classes are offered at different sites in the community and begin each semester starting in September, February and at the start of the summer session.
Private Lessons — Student work in private classes such as music, dance, foreign language, or another activity that is part of the high school curriculum may qualify for school credit. Work completed with an outside instructor must be documented and the student may be awarded 5 credits per course on a Credit / No Credit basis. Such credits are given only at the discretion of the school administrator.