A broad array of core academic and electives courses are offered to high school students including access to Regional Occupation Programs and work study. Every high school student develops their Personalized Learning Project with their Supervising Teacher and the Guidance Counselor to help determine career goals and the appropriate course of study to meet those goals. Advance Placement/Honors, college preparatory, general education, and remedial courses are offered through homeschool, independent study, site classes, and distance learning.
HCS support students of all abilities to pursue a college preparatory program. Courses that meet the University of California’s a-g requirements are available through:
- Area classes
- Community college classes
- Comprehensive web-based classes
- Subject Matter Specialists course oversight
- Virtual Learning options
The Homeschool Program is a program designed for students whose parents are actively involved in their education. The parents have a strong sense of what they want their children to study and are actively involved in the lesson planning, instructing, and correcting of assignments for the children. Homeschool students, as well as their parents, have face-to-face meetings with their Supervising Teacher at least once every 20 school days for a minimum of one hour per student meeting. During these meetings, the Supervising Teacher reviews the student’s assignments, collects samples to include in the required monthly paperwork, discusses any problems or areas of concern that may have occurred during the month, and assigns, with parental input, the next month’s assignments. The student’s personal interests are incorporated into the assignments as well as activities and assignments that complement his/her learning style(s).
High school students have access to subject area teachers in the core courses. These teachers, called Subject Matter Specialists, assist in the assignment and evaluation of student work, will be available for consultation and evaluation during the semester, and will be responsible for the final examinations which must be taken in all college prep core courses. High school students may also take area classes from highly qualified HCS instructors, enroll in community college classes, or take approved distance learning (web-based) courses.
Independent Study (AESS)
The Independent Study program is designed for secondary students whose parents need or want more assistance in educating their child or for those families who do not choose to be as involved in the day-to-day educational program as the Homeschool program requires. This program is called AESS or Additional Educational Support Services. The AESS program allows for additional assistance from the Supervising Teacher (ST) and the ST will spend, at a minimum, one hour per week or two hours every two weeks working with the student.