Home Independent Study (H.I.S.) is a free alternative program designed to support parents who choose to teach their elementary (K-8) students at home. The staff assist parents and offer general, indirect supervision while the parent provides the direct instruction. Assessment is offered continuously through work samples, trimester progress reports, and year-end standardized testing.Why does the District provide this alternative?We believe in providing the best educational opportunity possible for all students residing in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, as well as students with approved inter-district transfers. Some parents choose this option as the alternative that best meets the overall needs of their children. This program allows students to work at their own pace and in their own space. As long as state requirements are met, parents and students have that right.