FAQ

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What kind of school is Visions?

Visions In Education is a free public charter school that is authorized by the San Juan Unified School District and is fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our charter school provides parents and students an alternative to traditional schools. With Visions, a student can choose between our home school, independent study, or online high school programs.

Is Visions In Education accredited?

Yes. Visions In Education is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Credits earned while attending Visions are transferrable to traditional public schools.

What is the difference between the TK-12 Home School program and the Independent Study High School program?

The main difference between the programs is the amount of parental participation required. In our TK-12 Home School Academy, the parent is the primary educator with support from one of Visions’ credentialed teachers. In our independent study high school program, the main educator is a Visions credentialed teacher and students work independently. Visions University Prep high school (EDGE) students learn using online tools to do independent and group projects, and meet in person regularly with teachers and other students.

Do we have to live in a particular school district in order to enroll?

Visions In Education serves students in these nine Northern California counties, and is chartered through a local public school district at the center of our service area.

How old (young) do you have to be to enroll?

Typically students must be at least 5 years old shortly after school begins and under 20; however the rules can be complicated, so please call us toll-free at 1-877-971-7037 if you or your student is close to either of these cutoffs.

How much does it cost?

Visions is a FREE public charter school! Learn more.

When is the deadline for application?

We accept applications throughout the school year for current and future semesters. Please check the Apply page for current application information.

How do I apply?

Where will I meet with my teacher?

Visions teachers come to you and meet with you in your home or community. Learn more.

Does Visions In Education issue work permits?

Yes, Visions In Education issues work permits to qualifying students in accordance with the law and ordinances set by the California Labor Board. Click here to download a permit

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes. While students may complete their requirements anytime during the school year and be awarded their diploma in January or in June, there is a graduation ceremony near the end of the school year. The ceremony is held at a location near the center of our service area so that it is convenient for all students.

How many credits does it take to graduate?

Visions In Education requires 220 semester credits to graduate. Students are typically enrolled as full-time students with a load of 30 credits per semester.

If I am behind in credits, can I catch up and graduate with my class?

This will depend on the student’s unique circumstance and personalized educational plan developed with the student’s counselor.

Can I graduate early?

This will depend on the student’s unique circumstance and personalized educational plan developed with the student’s counselor.

Do you offer AP/Honors courses?

Visions In Education offers Honors courses in the Home school academy and University Prep (EDGE) high school program.

Do you do STAR testing? Where is the testing done?

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program requires that all public schools in California administer standardized tests designated by the California State Board of Education to all students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11. As a result, all students participate in all applicable tests. Students are typically scheduled to complete these tests at various locations throughout our nine-county service area.

How do you serve students with special needs?


We support students with special needs through a variety of programs, including Response to Intervention (RTI), 504 plans, and special education.

Response to Intervention (RtI): The Visions in Education RtI team meets weekly to recommend intervention supports for struggling students.

504 Plans: 504 plans protect and support students who have a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Special Education: As a public school, Visions in Education (VIE) provides special education (IEP) and related services (speech, OT, PT, counseling) to students who qualify. The service delivery model at VIE is different than in other educational settings. In our home school model, where the parent is the primary educator, your student will not see a special educator (Resource Facilitator) on a daily basis. Your student's credentialed teacher and the Special Education Department will always work with you to make progress toward student goals within our independent study program. We look forward to working together as a team to create an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide educational benefit for your student.

Once your student is enrolled, a special education teacher will contact you and an interim Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be held within 30 days from the start of the school year to ensure that the best possible supports are in place for your student’s success.

Do you have an English Learner (EL) program?

Yes. For English Learners (EL) who can be successful in an independent study program, Visions provides a targeted curriculum, classes and individualized attention. Learn more.

How do I ask someone a specific question?

Send us a message here or call us toll-free at 1-877-971-7037.