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Elementary Hybrid (In-Person and Online Learning)- begin Dec. 7

Elementary students who are enrolled in the hybrid model will observe the hybrid schedule. In order to adhere to physical distancing requirements, we must reduce the size of each class into two groups (A) and (B). The groups will come to campus on different days. When students are not participating in the on-campus and in-person portion of their group, they will be assigned asynchronous activities to practice foundational skills, solidify current learning, complete assignments, and engage in grade-level specific practice.

We are asking families to make their decision for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. However, if there are special circumstances requiring you to move to 100% distance learning after choosing the hybrid model, contact your school's Principal to see if there is available space and determine options. If a student/class is quarantined, students will move to a distance learning model until they can safely come back to school.



Elementary Distance Learning Model- Begins Dec. 7

Elementary students who are enrolled in 100% distance learning will observe the elementary distance learning schedule.The same platforms that are currently being used, Canvas and Seesaw will continue to be used in this distance learning model. We are asking families to make their decision for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. However, if there are special circumstances that require you to move to a hybrid model after choosing the distance learning model, contact your school's Principal to determine space and options. Students will remain enrolled at their current VUSD school and participate in learning from home. Learning in this model is teacher-directed and parent supported. Students will receive daily, live virtual instruction. Live virtual instruction will be complemented with reinforcing assignments, activities, and practice that directly relate to previous instruction, which students will complete at home.

Middle and High School Distance Learning Model

Middle and High School students have been on a 100% distance leanring model since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Currently, the District plans to continue these students on distance learning until the end of the first semester at the end of January 2021. If this changes, the DIstrict will reach outto families.

Canvas is the main online platform the District is using however, teachers may also supplement online learning with additional platforms such as Google Classroom.  Learning in this model is teacher-directed and parent supported. Students will receive daily, live virtual instruction. Live virtual instruction will be complemented with reinforcing assignments, activities, and practice that directly relate to previous instruction, which students will complete at home.

El Camino High School at Ventura College

Students enrolling at El Camino High School at Ventura College find a small, peaceful campus that offers a unique mix of personal accountability, independence and support. Students are teamed with an experienced, fully credentialed teacher. El Camino is fully accredited by the  Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

El Camino utilizes an independent study delivery system for the core classes taken on campus.  Flexible learning arrangements allow students to pursue their goals or outside responsibilities while staying on track for graduation. College prep and select Honors/AP courses meet the A-G requirements for the University of California or California State University and prepare students for future scholastic achievement, vocational programs and employment.

  • Rigorous program for self-motivated, organized students with strong academic skills.

  • Early College: all students are required to take both college and high school classes concurrently.

  • Independent Study: students work on their own and meet with a teacher in a 1:1 school setting at least once a week.

  • Course offerings: college-prep, Honors, AP, and college classes as well as Leadership, electives and STEM options.

  • Students complete 20 - 30 hours of work Independently each week

  • Flexible schedule: allows student participation in work, internships, community service, athletics, and the arts

  • Enrollment through placement process. Talk to your current school counselor for more information on process and requirements

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Homestead K-8 Family Led Home School

There is currently a waitlist for this option. Established in 1994, Ventura Unified School District’s Homestead School is a free K-8 independent study home school program. A family-based, experiential, personalized education for students who benefit from a degree of flexibility, autonomy and creativity achieved apart from a traditional classroom environment. Many Homestead families have multiple children in the program and value the opportunity for children of multiple grade levels and ages to learn from and teach one another. 

  • A home schooling option for students in grade K-8
  • Open to all VUSD families & families throughout Ventura County
  • A completely free homeschooling option 
  • Parents/guardians of Homestead students become their child’s formal teacher. 
  • Families meet weekly with a credentialed teacher to plan their child’s personalized learning goals and lessons. 
  • Assignments are submitted weekly to their teacher. 
Homestead Curriculum and Learning
  • Homestead affords the option to pursue a project-based, interdisciplinary course of study, with access to all VUSD curriculum and student-support services
  • All materials and books are checked out to families & parents/guardians are free to use supplemental and alternative materials they feel will meet the needs of their child 
  • Teachers may help with detailed lessons planning or for the experienced homeschooling family, serve as a partner teacher who works on setting goals and pulling together upcoming units of study.
Partnership with School and Families

Families meet with a credentialed teacher to:

  • Plan lessons
  • Review work from the previous week
  • Assess individual needs and progress
  • Discuss and check out curriculum 
  • Discuss upcoming classes & events 
Assistance, Supervision, and Evaluation Procedures

Each student will receive the services of a credentialed supervising teacher who will:

  • Provide materials and resources
  • Meet with parents and students regularly to develop a personalized plan for the student
  • Collect, review, and evaluate assignments
  • Determine attendance credit based on assessment of daily work, including any completed tests, projects, and/or reports, and demonstration of skills
  • Provide parents and students with information of activities and classes sponsored by the school 
Homestead Parental Responsibilities
  • The student will complete a minimum of 4 hours per attendance day (3 hours for kindergarten), following the district’s school year calendar, in a program of study consistent with their current grade level.
  • To provide all instruction and assistance needed by the student to complete assignments 
  • To review all completed work, marking it for correctness
  • To have completed assignments and an educational activity log ready for the scheduled meetings with Homestead supervising teacher
  • To meet regularly as scheduled with the supervising teacher
  • To submit all completed assignments by the due date at the end of each attendance period. 
Student Responsibilities
  • Cooperate with the parent and teacher in completing assignments
  • Participate in planning and carrying out projects approved by the parent and teacher
  • Attend and participate in California state testing according to California Department of Education
Important Information about Enrollment and Participation
  • Enrollment in Homestead School is voluntary. Parents/guardians may withdraw from the program and request regular classroom placement at any time following district enrollment procedures
  • For consistency in student learning, we ask that families make a commitment of minimum one semester or one trimester
  • Enrollment does require 100% attendance, which is met by completing and submitting student work, as planned by teacher/parent/student
Homestead and Students with Disabilities
  • There is a distinct difference between Distance Learning and Home School
  • Homestead is a District program, and an option within the array of services
  • The District continues to be obligated to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students that is reasonably calculated to ensure educational progress in light of a child's unique needs 
  •  In order to continue to provide the best educational services to students with additional considerations, the family's IEP team will need to meet to analyze whether or not a District home school scenario will be an appropriate setting  for each student on a case by case basis
For more information or to enroll

Phone 805 289-1817 ext. 2122

Lead Teacher: Anne Bemel,

Principal: Susan Martinez,[Homestead].aspx

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Escuela Preparatoria El Camino en Ventura College

Los estudiantes que se inscriben en El Camino High School en Ventura College encuentran un sitio pequeño y tranquilo que ofrece una mezcla única de responsabilidad personal, independencia y apoyo. Los estudiantes se asocian con un maestro experimentado y totalmente acreditado. El Camino está totalmente acreditado por la Comisión de Acreditación para Escuelas, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

El Camino utiliza un sistema de entrega de estudios independiente para las clases básicas que se toman en la escuela.  Los arreglos de aprendizaje flexibles permiten a los estudiantes perseguir sus metas o responsabilidades externas mientras se mantienen en el camino para la graduación. La preparación universitaria y los cursos selectos de Honores/AP cumplen con los requisitos de A-G para la Universidad de California o la Universidad Estatal de California y preparan a los estudiantes para logros escolares en el futuro, programas vocacionales y empleo.

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  • Programa riguroso para estudiantes auto-motivados y organizados con fuertes habilidades académicas.

  • Universidad temprana: todos los estudiantes deben tomar clases tanto universitarias como secundarias simultáneamente.

  • Estudio Independiente: los estudiantes trabajan por su cuenta y se reúnen con un maestro en un entorno escolar 1:1 al menos una vez a la semana.

  • Ofertas de cursos: preparación universitaria, honores, AP y clases universitarias, así como opciones de liderazgo, optativas y STEM.

  • Los estudiantes completan 20 - 30 horas de trabajo de forma independiente cada semana.

  • Horario flexible:  permite la participación de los estudiantes en el trabajo, pasantías, servicio comunitario, atletismo y las artes 

  • Inscripción a través del proceso de colocación. Hable con su consejero escolar actual para obtener más información sobre el proceso y los requisitos.


Establecida en 1994, la Escuela Homestead del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Ventura es un programa gratuito de estudio independiente en el hogar para los grados K-8. Una educación familiar, experiencial y personalizada para estudiantes que se benefician de un grado de flexibilidad, autonomía y creatividad lograda aparte de un ambiente de aula tradicional. Muchas familias de Homestead tienen varios hijos en el programa y valoran la oportunidad para que los niños de varios niveles de grado y edades aprendan y se enseñen unos a otros.

  • Una opción de escolarización en el hogar para los estudiantes de grado K-8
  • Abierto a todas las familias de VUSD en todo el condado de Ventura
  • Una opción de escolarización en el hogar completamente gratis 
  • Los padres/tutores legales de los estudiantes de Homestead se convierten en el maestro formal de su hijo.
  • Las familias
Homestead Plan de estudios y aprendizaje

Homestead ofrece la opción de realizar un curso interdisciplinario basado en proyectos, con acceso a todos los planes de estudios de  VUSD y servicios de apoyo a los estudiantes 

Todos los materiales y libros se prestan a las familias y los padres/tutores legales son libres de usar materiales suplementarios y alternativos que creen que satisfarán las necesidades de su hijo

Los maestros pueden ayudar con la planificación detallada de la lección o para la familia con experiencia en educación en el hogar, servir como un maestro asociado que trabaja en el establecimiento de metas y cooperar con las próximas unidades de estudio 

Asociación entre escuela y familia

Las familias se reúnen con un maestro acreditado para: 

  • Planificar lecciones
  • Repasar el trabajo de la semana anterior. 
  • Evaluar la necesidades individuales y el progreso. 
  • Hablar y revisar plan de estudios 
  • Hablar sobre las próximas clases y eventos 
Procedimientos de asistencia, supervisión y evaluación

Cada estudiante recibirá los servicios de un maestro supervisor acreditado que:

  • Proporciona materiales y recursos 
  • Se reúne con los padres y los estudiantes regularmente para desarrollar un plan personalizado para el estudiante. 
  • Recoge, revisa y evalúa las tareas 
  • Determina el crédito de asistencia basado en la evaluación del trabajo diario, incluyendo cualquier prueba completada, proyectos y/o informes, y demostración de habilidades
  • Proporciona a los padres y estudiantes información sobre las actividades y clases patrocinadas por la escuela
Responsabilidades paternales de Homestead
  • El estudiante completará un mínimo de 4 horas por día de asistencia (3 horas para Kindergarten), siguiendo el calendario escolar del distrito, en un programa de estudio consistente con su nivel de grado actual.
  • Proporcionar toda la instrucción y asistencia necesaria por el estudiante para completar las tareas 
  • Para revisar todo el trabajo completado, marcándolo para la corrección
  • Haber completado las tareas y un registro de actividades educativas listo para las reuniones programadas con el maestro supervisor de Homestead
  • Reunirse periódicamente con el maestro supervisor según lo previsto
  • Presentar todas las tareas terminadas antes de la fecha límite al final de cada período de asistencia.
Responsabilidades del estudiante
  • Cooperar con el padre y el maestro para completar las tareas
  • Participar en la planificación y ejecución de proyectos   aprobados por el padre y el maestro
  • Asistir y participar en las pruebas estatales de California según el Departamento de Educación de California
Información importante sobre inscripción y participación
  • La inscripción en la Escuela Homestead es voluntaria. Los padres/tutores legales pueden retirarse del programa y solicitar la colocación regular en el aula en cualquier momento después de los procedimientos de inscripción del distrito
  • Para la consistencia en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes, pedimos que las familias se comprometan con un mínimo de un semestre o un trimestre
  • La inscripción requiere 100% de asistencia, que se cumple completando y enviando el trabajo del estudiante, según lo previsto por el maestro/ padre/ estudiante
Homestead y estudiantes con discapacidades
  • Hay una diferencia clara entre el aprendizaje a distancia y la escuela en el hogar
  • Homestead es un programa del distrito, y una opción dentro de la gama de servicios
  • El Distrito sigue estando obligado a proporcionar una educación pública gratuita y apropiada (FAPE) a los estudiantes que esté razonablemente calculada para asegurar el progreso educativo a la luz de las necesidades únicas de un niño
  • Con el fin de continuar proporcionando los mejores servicios educativos a los estudiantes con consideraciones adicionales, el equipo del IEP de la familia tendrá que reunirse para analizar si un escenario de escuela en el hogar del Distrito será o no un entorno apropiado para cada estudiante en base a caso por caso

Para obtener más información o para inscribirse |
Llamar 805 289-1817 ext. 2122
Maestra de Cabecera: Anne Bemel,
Directora:  Susan Martinez,[Homestead].aspx

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