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About Venture

What is independent study?

Independent study is an alternative instruction model for eligible students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting. We develop a plan with students that enables them to reach curriculum objectives and fulfill district graduation requirements within the same time frame as students who attend a traditional high school. Because of the flexible nature of independent study, students may complete courses at an accelerated pace and graduate early.

What is continuation education?

Continuation education is an alternative high school diploma program. It is for students who are sixteen to eighteen years of age who have not graduated from high school, are still required to attend school, and who are at risk of not graduating. Typically the students in continuation education are behind in high school credits. The program is designed so that students will be able to complete the courses that are required for graduation with a continuation high school diploma. Our program includes guidance and career counseling. Students in the continuation program are able to take additional classes through independent study and concurrent enrollment in community college.

How often do independent study students come to school?

Students who participate in independent study are required to meet once a week with a supervising teacher to ensure that they are completing work and meeting district requirements. Students who are falling behind or need additional support may be required to meet more often. Students enrolled in blended learning classes will be expected to participate in group instruction sessions that are designed to support their independent learning.

How often do continuation education students come to school?

Student who participate in continuation education must attend school daily, five days a week, from 9 am to 12:02 pm. 

Which students profit from enrolling in Venture School?

Any student may profit from their experience at Venture School. We have the flexibility to personalize an education plan to meet each student’s individual needs.

For students in elementary grades, it is important that they work daily with an adult (typically a parent or guardian) who will guide and support student engagement in the assigned learning activities and monitor student work.

Older students who typically find success in independent study demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • motivation
  • commitment
  • focus
  • strong study skills
  • ability to work independently

Support is provided to all students to ensure their success.

What determines a student’s academic program?

Upon registration, each student’s record is reviewed by our school counselor who will develop the academic plan. Our counselor partners with the student, parents, and teachers to ensure that goals are set and support is provided. 

When may a student enter Venture School?

Student may begin at any point in the school year, however due to the individualized nature of our program the number of spaces we have is limited. If we do not have space at the time you apply we will maintain a list of interested families and notify you when space becomes available.

How long does a student remain at Venture School?

Time at Venture School varies from weeks to years depending upon the student’s wishes and his/her best interests. If a student is not succeeding in independent study, parents/guardians will be notified and a plan of support will be developed.

When students do not complete work or attend their meetings and classes, and do not benefit from the support provided, we are required to conduct and evaluation to determine if independent study is an appropriate placement for the student. The evaluation may result in return to a traditional school program.

How many credits may be earned in a semester?

Students will be enrolled in the courses needed to be on track for graduation. It is possible to earn more, fewer, or the same number of credits that is considered normal in a comprehensive school. Credit earned is based on completion of assignments. Venture teachers will evaluate the amount of work completed at the end of the semester to determine the number of credits earned. A student cannot receive full credit unless he/she has accomplished each task as set forth in the course contract.

The teacher will also determine the grade the student has earned. Grades earned reflect the student’s level of proficiency.

Can a student graduate from Venture School?

Yes. A student graduates when the standard graduation requirements for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District are completed. An annual graduation ceremony is held each June for all students who have graduated throughout the school year. The SRVUSD high school diploma requires completion of 220 credits in specific subject areas.  The Continuation Diploma requires completion of 190 credits in specific subjects, and is only earned by students who participate in the continuation education program.

Are Venture credits acceptable for University entrance?

Venture is a fully accredited high school and offers college preparatory courses that meet the UC/CSU A-G admissions requirements. Courses offered through the continuation education program do not currently meet the college preparatory requirements.

Who can enroll at Venture School?

All students attend Venture by choice.

Students who live within the boundaries of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in grades k-12 may enroll at Venture and participate in independent study. Only students who are ages 16-18 will be considered for participation in continuation education.

Students living outside the boundaries of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District may enroll if they obtain an inter-district transfer from their school district and are accepted for transfer through the Student Services Department of SRVUSD.

If your student is eligible for special education, you should consult with your student's case manager. Special education students may not participate in independent study unless it is specified in their IEP. Changes in placement or instructional methods require and IEP team meeting. Your case manager can invite the Venture Principal to attend the meeting so the IEP team can make an informed determination about independent study and your child.

Do students participate in state testing at Venture?

Students are expected to participate in the State and District mandated testing program as they would at any public school. All tests are given at Venture School. Information will be sent home prior to each test.