Independent Study High School Program

Pacific Sands Academy  believes in the power of self-directed learning. We offer an independent studies program for teens based on their interests and passions. When students have freedom and choice in their education, they find a new love of learning that doesn’t look like normal school.

Students at Pacific Sands study and learn subjects such as aviation, game design, Civil War history, go-cart building, digital music, web design, fashion, criminal justice, ancient building design, anthropology, travel and travel planning, psychology, self care, and personal growth.

We also help students earn credits in traditional subjects and find ways to earn credits in subjects they don’t usually find success in.


Enrolling in this program gives you the following:

  • Enrollment in a California-recognized private school (PSP)
  • Academic & educational freedom
  • A possible quick path to a high school diploma
  • Maintenance of student records
  • A personalized graduation program
  • Weekly social hours for teens on Discord
  • Accredited credits earned in creative, independent ways
  • Work permits, dual enrollment documents (for community colleges)

Monthly mentoring program includes:

  • A personalized graduation program
  • Weekly to monthly mentoring meetings over Zoom/phone
  • Interaction with CA credentialed teacher for guidance and accountability
  • Conversations and explorations of new ideas around topics that interest them
  • Feedback on writing and other learning achievements
  • Accredited credits earned in creative, independent ways​ 
graduate of Pacific Sands Academy high school program

Teens meet weekly to monthly with a CA Credentialed teacher to set and review goals and discuss their life learning projects. If a teen has their own mentor, they are welcome to use them, and still earn credits. We also have an agreement with a daily mentorship program that you are welcome to use.

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High school students of Pacific Sands have a big role in deciding when they want to graduate. They can stay with us for as little as one month and graduate at the end of that (for a quick path to graduation), or stay with us for several years before graduating.

Enrollment & Registration Fees

First Year Enrollment

$5000per family one time

Pacific Sands Enrollment Fee


West River Enrollment*


H.S. Graduation Fee

45000one time

*Optional accreditation by enrolling in our umbrella program

*Sibling fee $100 per child/per year

Monthly Teen Mentorship

1 meeting


2-4 meetings


5-8 meetings


9-12 meetings


Enroll Now!