HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

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.

We meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to flesh out what your student will be working on before the following designated meeting and discussing what was learned during the previous learning period.

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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Paths to Graduation

When you enter Pacific Sands Academy as new high school student, we create a high school graduation plan for you. What do you want your high school transcript to look like; a traditional transcript, a more alternative school transcript, or a mixture of both?

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.

Traditional High School Transcript

A traditional transcript would include courses such as Algebra 1, Biology, World History, English 10. For courses like these, we find interesting ways of earning these credits. We use online channels such as Crash Course, Curiosity Stream, V-Sauce. Students can read books, watch movies, create projects, or build things.

Traditional Transcript

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Example of a Traditional Transcript

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Alternative High School Transcript

An alternative transcript may include courses such as: Crafting, Aviation, Skateboarding, Culinary Arts, Math: Introduction to statistics, Math: Logic and Strategy, English: Journalism and Research. These courses typically reflect what a student naturally does in pursuing their passions. Students may love going down rabbit holes of research in particular topics or are independently improving their skill set in music, arts, or a physical pursuit.

Alternative Transcript

This is an example

Example of an Alternative Transcript

alternative high school transcript

Mixed Traditional and Alternative High School Transcript

Most of our students have a mixture of types of courses (Traditional and alternative) on their transcripts, but the wonderful thing about our program is that you are free to pursue an education that matches your interests, life goals, and inclinations.

Mixed Traditional and Alternative Transcript

This is an example

Example of a Mixed Traditional and Alternative Transcript

transcript mixed traditional and alternative

For students midway through high school, we look at your current high school transcript and determine the path to graduation. We ask the same sort of questions. How close do you want your final transcript to align with a traditional high school transcript…or would you like to take a mixture of classes that would lead to a more alternative transcript? The answers to these questions really lie with your teen’s after high school plans, and what you may want for your teen.

Paths to Graduation

When you enter Pacific Sands Academy as new high school student, we create a high school graduation plan for you. What do you want your high school transcript to look like; a traditional transcript, a more alternative school transcript, or a mixture of both?

Traditional High School Transcript

A traditional transcript would include courses such as Algebra 1, Biology, World History, English 10. For courses like these, we find interesting ways of earning these credits. We use online channels such as Crash Course, Curiosity Stream, V-Sauce. Students can read books, watch movies, create projects, or build things.

Traditional Transcript

This is an example

Example of a Traditional Transcript

traditional transcript example

Alternative High School Transcript

An alternative transcript may include courses such as: Crafting, Aviation, Skateboarding, Culinary Arts, Math: Introduction to statistics, Math: Logic and Strategy, English: Journalism and Research. These courses typically reflect what a student naturally does in pursuing their passions. Students may love going down rabbit holes of research in particular topics or are independently improving their skill set in music, arts, or a physical pursuit.

Alternative Transcript

This is an example

Example of an Alternative Transcript

alternative high school transcript

Mixed Traditional and Alternative High School Transcript

Most of our students have a mixture of types of courses (Traditional and alternative) on their transcripts, but the wonderful thing about our program is that you are free to pursue an education that matches your interests, life goals, and inclinations.

Mixed Traditional and Alternative Transcript

This is an example

Example of a Mixed Traditional and Alternative Transcript

For students midway through high school, we look at your current high school transcript and determine the path to graduation. We ask the same sort of questions. How close do you want your final transcript to align with a traditional high school transcript…or would you like to take a mixture of classes that would lead to a more alternative transcript? The answers to these questions really lie with your teen’s after high school plans, and what you may want for your teen.

Enrollment & Registration Fees

First Year Enrollment

$5000per family one time

Pacific Sands Enrollment Fee

$25000yearly

West River Enrollment*

$25000yearly

H.S. Graduation Fee

45000one time

*Optional accreditation by enrolling in our umbrella program

*Sibling fee $100 per child/per year

Monthly Teen Mentorship

We meet weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly to flesh out what your student will be working on before the following designated meeting and discussing what was learned during the previous learning period.

1 meeting

$12500monthly

2-4 meetings

$22500monthly

5-8 meetings

$35000monthly

9-12 meetings

$55000monthly

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