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Monte Vista Independent Study School
Presidio Learning Center
1003 Presidio Square
Costa Mesa, 92626

Office Hours:

The school office is open from 7:30-4:00 on school days.

Monte Vista Independent Study School is an alternate education option for students in grades 7-12. This educational option is a mutually voluntary agreement within the NMUSD attendance area to provide for students whose educational needs are met in an independent study format. Independent study is designed to respond to the student’s unique needs, interests, and abilities. Students who participate in independent study have the same course and graduation requirements as comprehensive Newport-Mesa schools. Courses in independent study are of the same standards and rigor as the in-person equivalent.

Students at Monte Vista complete coursework at home through learning management systems, and attend in-person one day per week at Presidio Learning Center for a meeting with their supervising teacher, who oversees their independent study coursework. Students also take tests on site, proctored by a certificated teacher. Students have daily opportunities for support in the core content areas of math, science, social studies, world languages, and English-language arts. 

Monte Vista Independent Study students will work on their course work independently, meeting the specified due dates for each course. Students will be provided with a weekly meeting day and time, to be coordinated with the supervising teacher. Content support teachers will be available daily, and each teacher will communicate their content support hours. There is no period bell schedule. Students are expected to work approximately one hour per subject per day in order to make academic progress. Some students may require more or less time, depending on academic preparation and work habits. 

Monte Vista Independent Study is an alternate format, not an alternate curriculum, and is designed to provide students with the academic preparation needed for a variety of post-secondary options. Students have access to core courses, a variety of electives, and CTE, ROP and Dual Enrollment classes in order to provide students with robust and quality learning experiences.

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