Davis School for Independent Study  

Davis School for Independent Study (DSIS), established in 1991, is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited K-12 school in the Davis Joint Unified School District that serves a diversity of learners. The DSIS Elementary Home Study is designed for K-6 students and supports a home-based, parent-guided educational process with the parent recognized as the primary instructor. The focus is to ensure quality education according to each child’s individual strengths and growth areas. Each DSIS supervising teacher meets weekly with the home study family to monitor student progress and to provide curriculum guidance and instructional activities. The educational program is guided by current state standards, through the use of district-adopted materials.

In addition to meeting with home study families, the supervising teachers provide a variety of workshops, field trips, and other educational and enrichment activities. The workshops meet weekly and serve students in a multi-age format. Workshop content draws from all areas of the curriculum to enrich the home study experience, while providing opportunities for cooperative group work, and social interactions with other students.

Our 7-12 Independent Study students also have a one-on-on meeting each week with a DSIS teacher. In addition to their regular meetings, students attend classes in a “blended” format.

Blended learning (aka "hybrid" learning) is an approach to education that combines online curriculum and opportunities for interaction online with traditional face-to-face classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some elements of student control over time, place, path, or pace.

At DSIS, all students grades 7-12 participate in blended learning, with more options available to students in high school grades 9-12. In this way, students have more flexibility over their schedules, and similar to a college environment, will spend less time in a classroom and more timing working independently or collaboratively with other students.

Blended course offerings are available in all core subjects as well as numerous elective options.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes, workshops, teacher meetings, clubs and other activities usually held in person will be held virtually. When it is deemed safe to return to on-site schooling, DSIS will plan a phased-in return to in-person instruction. 

Studying at a coffee shop
Principal 
Rob Kinder 
 
DSIS Address
526 B Street Davis, CA 95616

DSIS Phone
(530) 757-5333