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Welcome to Briones!


Briones Independent Study School is a WASC accredited school.  Students at Briones earn a WASC accredited diploma. There is a 220 credit requirement for graduation and six Briones courses have been approved by the University of California for A-G Requirements.  Briones Independent Study School is a K-12 school that provides an educational option that fosters students' academic growth, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. The school provides all students with individualized learning plans which take into account diverse needs, individual learning styles and interests.

Students are required to meet with their assigned teacher for one hour per week and also complete 25 hours of course work independently each week. Students in K-8 must have a parent/guardian available to work with the student at home on assignments that are based on California state grade level standards. Students who are successful in independent study are those students who are independent learners, organized, and motivated to complete work on their own. Enrollment in Briones is voluntary. However, if a student does not complete the required work or meet with his/her teacher as scheduled, the student will be referred to another school on the third infraction.

 The values of the Briones School culture are:

 Trust, respect, dedication, positive outlook, motivation, energy, and responsibility.

 Briones School schedules periodic evening events for students as well as field trips.

New Leaf: A Sustainable Living Collaborative

New Leaf is part of Briones School; however, students apply for admittance and there is an interview process for admittance. The New Leaf program has 24 students who work collaboratively on teams on a variety of community based projects. There is a school attendance expectation and required independent study course work to be done at home to remain in the program once admitted.

New Leaf is a program that works to create socially-empowered agents of change who work toward the nourishment and restoration of healthy life-styles, land, community and schools through service, education, and outreach.

The core values include:

Respect, inclusion, community action, honesty, teamwork, cooperation, social and environmental justice, dedication, commitment, engagement.

- Carol Adams, Principal 

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