FAQS - Prospective Students/Parents
- What is Vineyard Independent Study?
Vineyard School is a public school alternative offered through the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD). Vineyard School is a fully WASC accredited high school. We offer UC/CSU approved college preparatory classes. In this program, you can receive personalized from your teacher and create an individualized study plan that provides flexibility. Your success depends on you and your goals. Vineyard Alternative School is not a continuation school.
- How do I enroll?
Enrollment at Vineyard Alternative School requires an intra-district transfer from your homeschool if you are already a student in the LVJUSD. Vineyard Alternative School will take intra-district transfers only if students new to the school district are coming from another independent school/program. Otherwise, if you are new to the district and are coming from a comprehensive school, you will need to contact your homeschool to enroll there. If you do not know your homeschool please, see the district web page at www.livermoreschools.org.
If you have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you will need to have an IEP meeting to ensure our school is appropriate (part of the federal mandate of IDEA (FAPE)) for you before a change of placement is finalized to attend Vineyard Alternative School.
- What are the classes like?
At Vineyard Alternative School, elementary and middle school students are assigned one or two teachers for all of the school subjects. High school students work with content teachers based on the courses they are taking. All students are given assigned meeting times and can be expected to be on campus one to three times per week. Appointment times vary and are based on the grade level of the student and the subject area as well as the model of instruction being utilized (one-to-one, small group instruction or blended learning). Students are expected to complete and submit assignments every week before other assignments are given, and take any necessary exams.
- Will I get a diploma?
Yes, Vineyard is an accredited high school offering the same diplomas as traditional high schools.
- Can I take courses not offered at Vineyard?
Concurrent enrollment at other schools is offered, but some restrictions apply. Contact the Vineyard office for more information.
- Can I graduate early?
Yes. The graduation requirements for Vineyard are the same as other Livermore schools. You have the opportunity to work ahead and you can receive your diploma as soon as these requirements are met. We welcome early graduates to come back and participate in our graduation ceremony in early June.
- Will I still be able to participate in sports/other activities?
Yes. You may participate in sports at other Livermore schools, but as with concurrent enrollment, restrictions and requirements apply. Please contact the Vineyard office or consult the Vineyard handbook for more information.
- How is Vineyard for High School Students different from homeschool?
At Vineyard, high school students have individual teachers, who teach and guide them through their academic progress. Although we encourage parent involvement and consistent communication, unlike homeschool, parents are not the primary coordinators of their high school students' coursework.
- What are the courses I can take?
Courses and descriptions can be found in the Vineyard Course Catalog.