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Independent Study FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Independent Study?

Independent Study is an alternative instructional strategy that provides a means for students to meet graduation requirements outside of the classroom. Independent Study is a voluntary educational alternative.

What are the graduation requirements for graduation from the high school program at MAE? Are the graduation requirements the same if I graduate from Independent Study?

Martinez Adult Education's high school graduation requirements are the same whether you enroll in the in-class program or Independent Study. The requirements are as follows:


U.S. Government 5 credits                                                            
Economics 5 credits
U.S. History 10 credits
World History 10 credits
English 40 credits
Math 10 credits
Algebra 10 credits
Life Science 10 credits
Physical Science 10 credits
Fine Arts / Foreign Language 10 credits
College & Career Transitions 10 credits
Electives 50 credits

In addition to completing these requirements, every prospective graduate must obtain CPR certification.


Please note:  The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) has been suspended for 2016, 2017, 2018.

Do I have to take a test to enroll in the Independent Study Program?

Yes. Only students who are able to demonstrate academic proficiency on our reading and math assessments are permitted to enroll in the Independent Study Program.

How often will I meet with my teacher?

You will have a weekly appointment with your teacher at a regularly scheduled time. The teacher will spend one hour with you each week. These weekly meetings are mandatory. 

How much work must I complete each week?

Participants in Independent Study are required to complete fifteen hours of academic work each week. This means that if you are unable to complete all your work in fifteen hours, you must continue working until all work is completed.

Do I have to pay to enroll in Independent Study?

Participants in Independent Study are required to pay a $50 cash book deposit. The deposit will be returned when all books have been returned in good condition.

What if I am unable to make it to my weekly Independent Study appointment?

There are no excused absences in Independent Study. If you are not able to make your appointment, you must find a way to get the completed work to your teacher and get your assignment for the following week. If you miss three appointments without making provisions for an alternative meeting with your teacher, you will be dropped.

What are the advantages of Independent Study?

Independent Study allows you to establish a close relationship with your instructor. You will get to know your teacher well, and he or she will be able to offer you help based on your individual needs. You will receive one hour of attention from your teacher every week. In addition, Independent Study is a flexible educational strategy that permits you to work around your work schedule and the demands of family life. As long as you complete your entire assignment every week, you work on your school work at your own convenience.

What are the disadvantages of Independent Study?

Independent Study is a major commitment of time and requires a great deal of self-discipline. If you do not think you have the ability to budget your time and sit down to study for two to three hours every day, Independent Study probably is not a good option for you.

How many subjects will I be working on at once?

In general, you will be working on one or two subjects at a time.

What if I have additional questions or concerns about Independent Study?

Please feel free to bring any questions or concerns to your teacher or the High School Department Coordinator. We are invested in your success and will do all we can to help you achieve your goals.