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Homeschool & Alternative Education Programs Operated by School Districts - Orange County, CA

Many school districts and county offices of education offer homeschool and alternative education programs to students in their districts. These programs may include independent study as well as hybrid school options.*

*The program summaries have been copied and pasted from the districts' websites.

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Buena Vista Virtual Academy - This is a new K-12 online school with several high school hybrid offerings launched by the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) in 2020. Buena Vista Virtual Academy (BVVA), began welcoming students for the 2020-2021 school year. Unlike homeschooling, parents are not teachers at BVVA but they do have an important role in their student’s education. Parents should help their students create a quiet space for work as well as protecting time to complete their work. Parents are learning partners and help ensure students are on task and keeping up with their daily work.

Buena Vista Virtual Academy programs for grades 9-12th:

  • Their Hybrid Pathway for grades 9-12th offers students completely independently paced online courses while allowing them to attend school 10-15 hours per week.

  • The Independent Pathway for grades 9-12th allows students to work on one course at a time, finishing each course in four weeks. They work independently throughout the week and meet in person with their teacher once weekly. Students may be enrolled in up to two courses at their high school of residence. This includes sports and arts.

  • The Accelerate: Early College Pathway for grades 9-12th is specifically designed for students interested in completing college courses while still enrolled in high school. BVVA has partnered with Fullerton College to provide this early access to college.

CHEP - The Community Home Education Program (CHEP), ​is administered by the Orange County Department of Education. CHEP is an award-winning independent study program that offers free resources to parents who choose to educate their children at home. CHEP provides curriculum and the support of certificated teachers to students and the adults who teach them. The state-funded program was established in 1988 a​d currently serves approximately 400 students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade.

Irvine Unified School District Virtual Academy @ San Joaquin - Their vision is to empower students as lifelong learners, to acquire, demonstrate and value the knowledge and skills needed to participate in and contribute to the global world and embody the core values of commitment, honor, and self-direction.

Pacific Coast High School - Pacific Coast High School is a WASC accredited, college preparatory, voluntary, public high school. From UC-approved courses to modified support courses, on-campus courses, electives, and online courses, they offer opportunities for a variety of students to experience success. Their philosophy and courses are very similar to a community college format, utilizing a syllabus approach to each trimester course. UC-approved, online, on-campus, and hybrid course options are available to all students.

Parkview School - Parkview School is an independent study program operating within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. It is designed for students who desire an alternative to traditional classroom instruction. Instructional strategies may include independent study, online learning, concurrent classes, and workshops. In this program, students, parents, and teachers team together according to a written agreement under the general supervision of a certified teacher. While students follow the state and District-adopted curriculum and meet the district graduation requirements, the program allows for flexibility to meet their individual needs, interests, and styles of learning.


If you're interested in more non-traditional educational options in Orange County, please visit our page detailing Non-Traditional Schools and Educational Programs in Orange County.


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