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Charter school expands service for home-study families

Mission View also looks at possibility of permanent learning center

Posted: March 25, 2009 12:03 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Mission View Public School plans to add a kindergarten through sixth-grade home-study program and establish a permanent learning center as a way to meet the needs of home-study families in the Santa Clarita Valley, a school official said Tuesday.

The publicly-funded charter school provides students with an alternative education by offering an individualized learning experience.

The charter school started a K-6 pilot program at the Boys and Girls Club in Newhall, which already has about 45 students, said Jeff Brown, CEO of Mission View Public School in Canyon Country.

“We put a program together for the Boys and Girls Club to see how it would be received in the area, and it’s been received very well,” Brown said.

A permanent program allows home-study families to advance their students and even transfer into a traditional public school setting.

“What we wanted to do is be a little more proactive,” Brown said.

Families are able to meet with a teacher on a regular basis to provide interaction between assigned teachers and the students at a learning center, he said.

According to an overview of the K-6 program, “Parents will receive assistance from their assigned teacher and continuous support from the Learning Center as they endeavor in educating their child/children in a home-study environment.”

The school plans to find a permanent learning center soon.

“My intention is to open up another center closer to where the parents would like to have it,” Brown said.

Up until the William S. Hart Union High School District’s approval last week, the K-6 component was operated through Mission View’s Lancaster location, Brown said.

“We started in the Antelope Valley with our K-12 home-study program and we now have over 400 students,” he said.

The program is not the same as Mission View’s seventh-12th grade program, which meets the needs of at-risk students struggling in the traditional public school setting by offering an individualized learning experience, Brown said.


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