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DLAB (Independent Study Program)

Program Overview

The BPUSD independent study program, also known as DLAB, provides instruction to 3rd through 12th grade students. Students enrolled in the DLAB program are able to access their curriculum through a virtual learning platform, which can be accessed from their home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing them to work at their own pace to achieve mastery. Students take a full load of courses just as they would at the traditional school site. The DLAB program offers students the ability to take the majority of their courses online, creating a schedule that will allow them to pursue personal or professional interests.

This program is ideal for parents who want to pursue the option of online schooling for their children, with guidance from credentialed teachers. It is also an option for students who require a different approach with flexibility of time to catch up to their grade level or for students who may be disengaged with the standard comprehensive classroom setting and are in need of a challenge. Additionally, it is an option for students who have health concerns and can’t attend classes with a traditional schedule; and students who may be struggling with behavior issues at a regular school. This program is also an option for students who adapted well with distance learning and would prefer an independent study option. 

 In order to create the best outcomes possible, the program includes a Parent support component, where Parents attend weekly sessions either online or in person, to receive training on strategies and tips to help their child be successful in the program. Students attend class a minimum of one hour each week (class schedules will vary by grade level). Students are expected to complete their school work daily from home. A student who enrolls in the DLAB must commit to program participation for a minimum of one trimester for grades 3-8 and one semester for grades 9-12.

Our DLAB program offers: 

  •      Free Public Independent Study program
  •      District Issued Device
  •      All curriculum, textbooks, and detailed lesson plans provided
  •      40 courses offered are UC/CSU A-G approved
  •      Follows traditional school calendar
  •      Flexibly tailored to your child’s individual needs
  •      Weekly Parent Support and/or Training sessions
  •      Parents receive training to teach their children in all subject areas
  •      Strategies and Techniques from Highly Qualified, Certificated Teachers
  •      Frequent assessing and monitoring of your child’s progress
  •      Participation in optional on-campus extra-curricular activities and field trips
  •      Serving students in Los Angeles County and surrounding counties 

 

Curricular Program 
The DLAB program offers students the ability to learn grade level, common core standards based curriculum the majority of the time from their home setting. Students are provided with district-adopted curriculum in all subject areas and are able to engage in the following online curriculum, programs and applications:  

 Online Programs: 

  • Learning platform that includes: Apex & Acellus
  • i-Ready
  • IStation
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Reflex Math
  • XtraMath
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Eggs
  • BrainPop

 

Online Applications: 

  • Webex
  • Google Classroom (Google Suite)
  • Class Dojo
  • Flipgrid 
  • Thinking Maps
  • Torch created videos
  • Edpuzzle
  • Pear Deck
  • Seesaw
  • Quizlet
  • Kahoot
  • Quizizz

These online programs and applications are used to enhance and support the student’s learning experiences. Students will receive ongoing assessment to ensure progress and mastery of the standards. When students need additional support, teachers are able to provide differentiated and targeted assistance to meet individual student needs. Students also engage in programs that promote Social Emotional Learning such as Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Co-Vitality Survey Participation, Second Step SEL Curriculum, and have access to other district partnerships that support mental health such as Care Solace and local mental health agencies.  

Program Expectations

 

Students’ (grade 9-12) minimal acceptable work progress is completing a 5- credit course in 20 school days or 4 full weeks

  • Students are expected to complete all quizzes and tests in a course, as well as
  • 2 written (typed) assignments per unit, failure to do so will not allow the student to progress to the next unit.
  • In addition to these two written assignments students will be required to take one page (front and back) of notes per unit in the course.
  • This page of notes will be allowed to use on the unit exam, and then will be turned into the student’s Outreach Teacher
  • Once the student has completed all units and is ready for the Final Exam, they will have the option to use all of their notes on the Final Exam for that course.
  • Failure to adhere to these requirements can result in a parent meeting, or a referral to an alternative program or home school.

 

Students (Grades 3-8):

  • Students are expected to complete all coursework delivered in the online learning platform with teacher instructional support.
  • The online courses are aligned to match the Common Core State Standards.
  • The teacher may also require additional assignments and activities per the District Assessment Guidelines, including applicable District Benchmarks and grade level specific activities and tasks.
  • The course will have a specific learning plan that is individualized and closely monitored.
  • Student progress will be monitored daily, weekly, and monthly through the online platform.
  • Student mastery of Common Core State Standards will be demonstrated using assessments such as I-Ready  Diagnostics, Accelerated Reader, and the online platform’s Formative and Summative Assessments.
  • Progress will be reported on the District Standards Based Report Card.

Referral Process

  1.      Interested Parents should complete the Interest Form available at https://forms.gle/v1qpvoj5SEah7uTn6
  2.      A Parent may also contact their child’s school of residence to inquire about DLAB program participation.
  3.      DLAB school staff will contact interested families and will set up an intake meeting to complete the enrollment  process  

 

*If a student is accepted into the program, they will be required to adhere to a master agreement.