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Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate all children through an innovative and challenging Independent Study program,  enabling each child to reach and expand their potential while preparing them to become  productive, responsible, ethical, creative, and compassionate members of society.

Our Core Values Include: 

  • Promoting innovative and creative thinkers for the 21st century. 
  • Providing a quality and rigorous education for all students. 
  • Fostering caring and empathetic relationships with students, families, and the community. 
  • Understanding that every student is a scholar who uses respect, honesty, and understanding to build community.

With a focus on personalization, achievement, and discovery we put students in an environment where they can learn, be successful, and where they can naturally discover their true passions. 

Flexible Learning Options

The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District offers distance learning and independent study via our Trust Blended Learning program. TRUST Blended Learning School is an innovative and challenging Independent study program that supports the needs of every child through individualized pathways and where parents are active Learning Coaches. We offer two Pathways to meet the unique learning style and needs of your child: 

Pathway 1 is for parents/guardians who would like to be the primary educator.  The parent/guardian picks up curriculum and materials and then receives a scope and sequence, weekly calendar for work completion, and weekly direction from a certificated teacher.  We support families to ensure a successful educational experience at home for their child.   Instruction includes paper, pencil activities and online programs.  Children begin their day at 8:30 a.m. with a 35-minute short daily live session (synchronous lesson) on Zoom with other children in order to increase school connectedness.   Afterwards, wIth the parent as the teacher, children will work on an outlined academic program.   Children are expected to meet the expectations for learning and work  completion that occur at a traditional school.  

Pathway 2 is for parents/guardians who would like to guide their child’s learning, but who do not want to be the primary educator at home. This pathway is a blend of live sessions (synchronous learning) from a certificated teacher and guided instruction from a parent/guardian at home.  Children begin their day at 8:30 a.m. on Zoom with a certificated teacher.  Curriculum includes traditional standards-based core curriculum and online programs.  This pathway requires students to attend at least three hours of daily live sessions (synchronous lessons)  each day and then to continue working independently (asynchronous lessons/homework) with parental guidance.  Children are expected to meet the expectations for learning and work  completion that occur at a traditional school.  

Students in all of our pathways have opportunities for: 

  • Online or in-person enrichment activities
  • Online or in-person tutoring
  • Daily synchronous learning in some core subject areas 
  • Daily synchronous learning around school connectedness
  • School wide activities 
  • Support for Special Education Students
  • Support for English learners
  • Online or in-person weekly live check ins 

All Trust Blended Learning students are required to participate daily in live sessions (synchronous learning) and also complete daily assignments/homework (asynchronous learning activities) to remain compliant with district enrollment requirements and state laws. Teacher support is provided every school day so that your child will be successful.

Independent Study FAQ

What is independent study?

Independent study is an alternative education program outside of the traditional classroom setting that addresses individual student needs and learning styles.

How does it work?

All courses are taught under the supervision of a credentialed teacher using district-adopted, standards based, curriculum and governed by a written agreement signed by the student, the supervising teacher, and parent.

The independent study program counts attendance based on work completion. Teachers evaluate completed assignments and award attendance credit based on their determination of the time value of the work. The minimum daily typical number of instructional minutes varies by grade: 200 for kindergarten; 280 for grades one to three; and 300 for grades four to eight.

If a child is identified as an English Learner, they will receive both designated and integrated English Language Development instruction.

How much interaction and instruction will my student receive under independent study?

For students in transitional kindergarten to third grade, students must receive daily synchronous or live instruction. For students in grades four through eight there must be an opportunity for daily interaction and daily live instruction. The specific amount of time spent in live interaction and instruction is based on which pathway you are enrolled in at TRUST Blended Learning.

What is the difference between live interaction and instruction?

Live interaction refers to contact made between a student and a teacher. It can consist of wellness checks, phone communication, or in person or online check-ins. Synchronous instruction refers to two-way communication between a student and teacher, whether in person, by phone, or online. It can take place in a classroom style setting, in small groups or one-on-one. Asynchronous learning is independent student study time.

How long from the date of an assignment does my child have to complete the work?

Weekly assignments assigned on Monday must be returned by 9:00PM on the following Sunday. Students have an additional week to make-up missed work for full credit and attendance participation.

What if my child does not complete their assigned work in the required two weeks?

Work turned in after the second week will be accepted, however students may not receive full credit and late work will not count toward attendance (participation).

Student work will be evaluated every week for work completion. If less than 60% of work, 4 assignments, or three days worth of work is missing, reengagement strategies will be put into place and attendance will reflect these days as incomplete or truant if work is not turned in by the end of the second week.

What does independent study look like at TRUST Blended Learning?

TRUST Blended Learning is an innovative and challenging Independent study program that supports the needs of every child through individualized pathways and where parents are active learning coaches. We offer pathways to meet the unique learning style and needs of your child.

Pathway 1 is for parents/guardians who would like to be the primary educator. The parent/guardian picks up curriculum and materials and then receives a scope and sequence, weekly calendar for work completion, and weekly direction from a certificated teacher. We support families to ensure a successful educational experience at home for their child. Instruction includes paper, pencil activities and online programs. Children begin their day at 8:30 am with a 35-minute short daily live session (synchronous lesson) on Zoom with other children in order to increase school connectedness. Afterwards, wIth the parent as the teacher, children will work on an outlined academic program. Children are expected to meet the expectations for learning and work completion that occur at a traditional school.

Pathway 2 is for parents/guardians who would like to guide their child’s learning, but who do not want to be the primary educator at home. This pathway is a blend of live sessions (synchronous learning) from a certificated teacher and guided instruction from a parent/guardian at home. Children begin their day at 8:30 am on Zoom with a certificated teacher. Curriculum includes traditional standards-based core curriculum and online programs. This pathway requires
students to attend at least three hours of daily live sessions (synchronous lessons) each day and then to continue working independently (asynchronous lessons/homework) with parental guidance. Children are expected to meet the expectations for learning and work completion that occur at a traditional school.

Can my child return to their resident school?

A student can exit the independent study program at any time. As much as possible we will accommodate a parent’s request to return to their resident school. However, if there is no space at the resident school another option will be provided. A space will be made available within five days of a request to return to in-person learning. Parents will need to go to the in-person school to finalize enrollment before their child can begin at the new school.

Are students with disabilities entitled to services through independent study?

When a student with an IEP is looking to enroll at Trust Blended Learning, the change in enrollment from a traditional school to independent study will require an IEP meeting to ensure that the student’s IEP is updated to reflect the unique nature of independent study. The IEP team meets to consider the student’s IEP services to ensure that those services can be provided in an independent study environment without compromising the integrity of the services or that of the independent study program.

How do I enroll in the independent study program at TRUST Blended Learning?

To enroll parents can call or come to the TRUST office to sign specific documents which include the Leaning Agreement. The school office manager works with families to set up a New Family Welcome meeting, pick up curriculum, materials, and if needed a chromebook. Following enrollment the supervising teacher will reach out to the family to set up a meeting to review the education plan and programs for the child. Given that all required enrollment steps are completed during the week students can begin classes on the following Monday.

What is a Learning Agreement?

A Learning Agreement is a contract signed by the parent, student (regardless of age), and the supervising teacher. The agreement must be signed before a student can begin classes at TRUST Blended Learning. It includes the following elements:

  • A plan for submitting assignments and reporting academic progress
  • Objectives and methods of study
  • Available resources, including textbooks and access to computers, and internet connectivity
  • How academic accomplishment is measured

I have more questions. Who do I ask?

Contact the TRUST Blended Learning office at (619) 771-6080 during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm. The office is closed on school holidays.

Why You'll Love Trust Blended Learning

  • Promoting innovative and creative thinkers for the 21st century.
  • Providing a quality and rigorous education for all students.
  • Fostering caring and empathetic relationships with students, families, and the community.
  • Understanding that every student is a scholar who uses respect, honesty, and understanding to build community.

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