Welcome to Method Schools! 

Welcome to the Method Schools community! We are grateful you’ve chosen our school among all the choices available in Southern California. Approaching our fifth year of operation, we have learned a lot in regard to blended learning and continue to refine our program in utilizing online curriculum, data driven instructional practices, and content driven projects and applications. We are very excited to continue to share our vision with you and move education forward in a way that’s never been done before.

In addition to an engaging and rigorous curriculum, and assessment driven instructional practices, we have continued to develop and refine content driven applications and projects that allow students to further explore topics and concepts that are most interesting to them. We have outstanding teachers that have a true passion for learning and continue to improve their practices in a way that works best for students.

We look forward to another great school year of learning, improving, and growing. Again, welcome to Method Schools and we look forward to an amazing school year!

Sincerely,

Jessica Spallino, Mark Holley,

Co-Founders of Method Schools

Method Schools Mission 

The mission of Method Schools is to provide breakthrough tools and educational approaches that deliver maximum results and accountability to K-12 families. Method Schools provides innovative tools and educational practices to maximize personalization and empower students to become problem solvers, effective communicators, critical thinkers, and creative innovators. Method Schools believes students should be active participants and decision-makers in their educational process.

The curriculum and educational practices inspire creativity and innovation and promote critical thinking and problem solving along with providing consistent opportunities for communication and collaboration. Tools and practices utilized are technologically reflective of the environment in which students live and in alignment to the 21st Century Skills which focus on Life and Career Skills, Learning and Innovation Skills, Core Subjects, and Information, Media, and Technology Skills.
Further focus areas include:

  • Create learning practices and instructional that will support the teaching and learning of 21st-century skill outcomes.
  • Support professional learning communities that enable educators to collaborate, share best practices and integrate 21st-century skills into instructional practice.
  • Enable students to learn in relevant, real world 21st-century contexts (e.g. through project-based or other applied for work).
  • Allow equitable access to quality learning tools, technologies, and resources.
  • Provide 21st century architectural and interior designs for group, team and individual learning.
  • Support expanded community involvement in learning, both face-to-face and online.
  • Focus on content knowledge and expertise.
  • Build understanding across and among core subjects.
  • Emphasize deep understanding rather than surface knowledge.
  • Engage students with the real world data, tools, and experts they will encounter in college, on the job, and in life.
  • Allow for multiple measures of mastery.

Expected Schoolwide Learner Results

Method Schools believes that each student should develop the following traits and skills by the time of graduation:
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Transfer knowledge to new situations
  • Courage to take risks
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Taking Initiative
  • Synthesize information
  • Curiosity and imagination
  • Critical Thinking
  • Strategizing
  • Decision making
  • Conflict-resolution
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Character & Citizenship
  • Adopt ethical and behavioral standards
  • Civic and personal responsibility
  • Compassion
  • Global awareness
  • Consideration of others
  • Self-regulation
  • Honesty
  • Perseverance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Loyalty
  • Optimism
  • Life-Long Learner
  • Development of one’s own skills, gifts, and potential
  • Development of self-confidence and self-esteem
    Setting personal and professional goals

Method Schools: An Overview

Philosophy and Vision

Method Schools believe students should be active participants and decision-makers in their educational process. As often as possible, the curriculum and instruction should be personalized not only to a student’s abilities but to his interests as well. The curriculum and educational practices should inspire creativity and innovation and promote critical thinking and problem solving along with providing consistent opportunities for communication and collaboration. Tools and practices utilized should be technologically reflective of the environment in which students live and in alignment to the 21st Century Skills that focus on Life and Career Skills, Learning and Innovation Skills, Core Subjects, and Information, Media and Technology Skills.

Our Mission Statement

To build a charter school solution that addresses unmet student needs. We’ll build and grow sustainably, while always questioning the old way of doing things. We’ll know we’re on track when more than half of our students enroll due to word-of-mouth referrals.

Student Goals

The following goals have been established for every Method Schools student:

  • Students will become self-motivated, lifelong reflective learners
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Demonstrate efficient time management
  • Develop leadership qualities
  • Establish and achieve personal goals
  • Develop a variety of strategies to maximize learning
  • Students will become effective global communicators
  • Listen with understanding and interpret effectively
  • Convey information with knowledge and confidence
  • Read with comprehension and fluency
  • Write in a variety of formats at each grade level
  • Students will be proficient in academic skills
  • Demonstrate growth in all content standards
  • Demonstrate growth in acquisition of 21st Century Skills
  • Students will become productive citizens
  • Demonstrate respect for self and others
  • Accept personal responsibility for actions
  • Work effectively as an individual and as a part of a collaborative team
  • Develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Contribute to the betterment of the local and global communities
  • Participate fully in the democratic process
  • Acknowledge and seek to understand a diversity

Method Schools works with a shared goal of educating its students to their fullest potential and is built on a foundation of collaboration between the parents, students, and our highly-qualified staff. Our staff will work with you to:

Determine student strengths, areas of needs and goals assign focused and specific strategies that will most benefit student’s learning and achievement. Monitor your student’s progress often and continually refine learning strategies. Ensure student achieves their goals and progresses to new goals.

What To Expect From Your Student’s Teacher/Mentor

Students will be assigned a Homeroom teacher/mentor. It is the responsibility of the teacher/mentor:

  • to communicate and help students stay on schedule. Teacher/mentors will be available by email and meet weekly with their students. Students may email their teacher/mentors with questions about work, lessons, or projects.
  • to respond within a reasonable time to respectful email inquiries. Student assistance falls into several categories. Mentor/teachers will assist students during video online lessons, send supplemental work, or links to help with lesson inquiries.
  • to communicate with parents student progress and academic concerns. All email and verbal communication with be done with the utmost respect between all parties.

Enrollment Information

Method Schools is a public school of choice.

There is is no discrimination in the admission of students to the school on the basis of race, creed, color, handicapping condition, or gender. Method Schools provides a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all of its students. All students; however, need to be able to meet the enrollment requirements. Method Schools will enroll students in grades K-12. The enrollment process must be completed in full and submitted with all required paperwork prior to being accepted. Paperwork includes:

  • A copy of the student’s birth certificate.
  • Up-to-date immunization records: this includes the required updates for Kindergarten and 7th-grade booster.
  • Two Proofs of Address (i.e., utility bills, statements, lease agreement, etc.)
  • A copy of the student’s report card or official high school transcript.

Questions regarding the status of your enrollment should be directed to one of our Enrollment Specialists. Students who have received services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) must provide this information prior to enrollment. A Method Schools staff member will contact you to ensure proper placement of your student into our program.

Concurrent enrollment in another public or private school is prohibited at Method Schools and will cause the student to be withdrawn immediately. This does not include college-level coursework. Please refer to our enrollment requirements.

Students are required to complete Renaissance Learning Assessment Testing prior to enrollment with Method Schools and will be required to complete testing each month per their mentoring teacher’s instruction.

Mid-Year Enrollment

All students who enter mid-year will be exempt from units based on their grades at the time they withdrew from their previous school. If the student had poor or failing grades at the time of transfer will redo the class with Method Schools.

Admissions

Age Requirement

A student will be admitted to Kindergarten at the beginning of a school year or at any later time in the same year if the child will have his/her fifth birthday on or before September 1st of the school year.

State law requires a child to be five years of age by September 1st to start Kindergarten. A student must be age six by September 1st (or have completed one year of Kindergarten) to start the first grade.


It is understood that no student who qualifies for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education (IDEA) shall participate in the independent study unless it is specifically authorized under his/her IEP.

Immunizations

All of the following are required for enrollment into Method Schools:
  • Diphtheria
  • Measles
  • Mumps (except for children who have reached the age of 7 years old)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chicken pox) – persons already admitted into California public or private schools at the Kindergarten level or about, before July 1, 2001, shall be exempt from Varicella immunization requirement for school entry.
  • TDAP (pertussis) – the TDAP must be administered after a student’s seventh birthday but before entering the 7th grade.
  • The schools’ verification of immunization is through written medical records from your doctor or immunization clinic. Pupils who fail to complete the series of required immunizations within the specified time will be denied enrollment until the series has been completed. Exceptions are allowed under the following conditions:
    • The parent provides a signed doctor’s statement verifying that the child is to be exempted from immunization for medical reasons. This statement must contain identifying the specific nature of the probable duration of the medical condition.
    • As of January 1, 2016, due to Senate Bill 277, a parent may no longer request exemption for their child from immunization for personal or religious beliefs for students. The bill does exempt pupils enrolled in an independent study program, who do not receive classroom-based instruction. Students enrolled in Synergy will not be able to request an exemption from the required immunization; however, those students enrolled in Smart School can submit a waiver based on personal or religious belief.

Any child leaving the United States for a short vacation, to any country considered by Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to have increased risk of TB exposure, such as Mexico, Philippines, India or Southeast Asia must call the County of Tuberculosis clinic for TB screening upon return.

Physical Examinations

All pupils are to have completed a health screening examination on or before the 90th day after the pupil’s entrance into first grade or such pupils must have obtained a waiver pursuant to Health and Safety Code, Section 124085. This examination can be obtained from your family physician or possibly through the services provided by your County Health Department. Information and forms are distributed to pupils enrolled in Kindergarten. Failure to obtain an examination for your child or a waiver will result in your child being denied enrollment. The school recommends that children undergo a yearly speech, hearing, and eye examination.

Attendance Requirements

  • Students are expected to complete coursework and log into their curriculum platform every school day, Monday-Friday except for designated holidays. Reference school calendar.
  • Regardless of onsite time or at home, students are expected to work on their courses 4-6 hours each day.
  • You must notify a Method Schools teacher of any extended family travel except during normal school vacations and holidays, 2 weeks prior to leaving. Failure to do so may result in the student being withdrawn from our school.
  • During travel time, the student must be completing coursework and a parent/guardian or the learning coach must be available by phone and/or internet.

Progress

For grades K-12, progress is logged daily. Students must make continuous progress (actively engaged and completing assignments) in the curriculum.

Students are required to complete Renaissance Star testing each month, per their mentoring teacher to determine progression.

“Failure to meet the requirements listed above may indicate that an independent study program is not the appropriate placement for your student and may result in your student’s withdrawal from Method Schools. If a student is withdrawn for failing to meet the enrollment requirements, the student will not be able to re-enroll for the remainder of the current academic year and one academic year following.”

The Learning Coach

The Learning Coach is the person designated by the student’s family (usually a parent) that help to guide the student (s) in their education while at home. As an independent study program, the learning coach’s role in the student’s academics is critical to the student’s success. They will work closely with our staff and teachers to ensure the student’s success.

Learning Coach’s Responsibilities to the Student

  • The Learning Coach continuously supervises the student (s) during regular school hours (recommended between 8:30 am – 3 pm)
  • The Learning Coach, in partnership with Method Schools teachers, is responsible to ensure the child is participating appropriately in the instructional program. This can include but is NOT limited to:
    • completing assigned lessons
    • completing assessments as needed (once a month)
    • participate in weekly virtual sessions with your teacher (may include supplemental instruction)
    • complete Renaissance Star assessments to ensure interventions as needed
    • attend annual standardized tests as required by the California Department of Education
    • have students available and actively participating in virtual meetings or instructional assistance
      • this ensures the student is provided the appropriate access to curriculum
  • The Learning Coach understands that it is their responsibility to have the student participate in required interventions as deemed necessary by our staff
  • The Learning Coach understands that Method Schools records online class sessions (a student's full name does not show on the recording)
  • The Learning Coach is required to be able to read and understand the curriculum and instructional materials provided by Method Schools
  • The Learning Coach will work in partnership with Method Schools teachers to identify and support students with academic issues
  • Support students in attending your nearest location for state-mandated testing

Learning Coach’s Responsibilities to Method Schools

  • The Learning Coach must have a working phone number, email account, and internet access at the time of enrollment.
  • Email and phone messages are checked daily.
  • Above accounts or equivalent must be maintained throughout the student’s enrollment in Method Schools.
  • Inform Method Schools teachers within 48 hours of any changes to contact information (i.e., address, phone number, and email address).
  • Respond to all calls and emails from Method Schools teachers within 48 hours via phone or email.
  • Submit work samples as requested by your teacher in a timely manner.
  • Treat teachers and staff with respect and professionalism.
    • This includes but is not limited to:
      • Not using rude language (including profanity, yelling, badgering) on the phone, email, or in person.
      • Not threaten teachers and/or staff on the phone, email or in person.

Learning Coach’s Meeting Requirements

  • Attend a regularly scheduled meeting, including face-to-face OR virtual sessions with our teachers and student at a mutually agreed upon location/time.
  • Attend regularly scheduled phone conferences with our teachers.
  • Attend scheduled web-based conferences and/or informational meetings with Method Schools staff.
  • Be available during the regular school hours and Method Schools working hours to meet with teachers and/or staff (Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am to 3 pm).

“Failure to meet the requirements listed above may indicate that an independent study program is not the appropriate placement for your student and may result in your student’s withdrawal from Method Schools. If a student is withdrawn for failing to meet the enrollment requirements, the student will not be able to re-enroll for the remainder of the current academic year and one academic year following.”

General Information

Independent Study Master Agreement

California Independent Study regulations require that any student enrolled in Method Schools has a signed Independent Study Master Agreement on file for each year they are enrolled. The student, the parent/guardian, and our teachers must sign the agreement prior to starting a class or attending onsite. Additionally, should a learning coach, other than the parent/guardian be responsible for instruction, he/she must also sign the Master Agreement. Please work with your teacher to ensure that your child’s Master Agreement is signed in a timely manner.

“Failure to provide a signed Independent Study Master Agreement prior to each year will result in your child’s withdrawal from our program due to this state requirement.”

Diagnostic Assessment Tools

Each student who enrolls at Method takes a diagnostic assessment in Reading and Math. Our teachers use this data to help with course placement and create a personalized instructional plan for each student. These tests are required for all students and will continue to take these tests each month to determine progress.

Online Curriculum

The online curriculum provided by Method Schools is designed to align with California Common Core Standards.  

Based on data from diagnostic assessments, teacher assessment, and observation, students may also be assigned additional supplemental curriculum to address student’s learning needs and weaknesses.

Confidentiality

Every effort is used in maintaining the confidentiality of students attending the Method Schools. Parents must give permission before a student’s name or image can be displayed in a public manner. Student files are accessible only to employees of Method Schools who have an interest in the education of its students.  These questions were asked at the time of enrollment. Please check with an Enrollment Specialist to verify all permissions.

Learning Coaches and students should be careful not to share their online curriculum username and password with any unauthorized individuals. In any case, where a parent or teacher believes the security of the online curriculum has been compromised, the parent should use the tools provided in the online curriculum to change their username and password. In addition, parents are advised to avoid using personal information in emails. For example, using a student’s first initial is preferred to use a student’s first name.

Student Agreement

In signing the independent study master agreement upon enrollment, the student agrees to the following:

  • I voluntarily request participation in this independent study program and have read and understood the terms of the master agreement.
  • I will complete all coursework outlined in the master agreement and as assigned to me in the periodic student assignment and work record.

Parent/Legal Guardian Agreement

In signing the independent study master agreement upon enrollment, the parent or legal guardian agrees to the following:

  • I agree with the above conditions listed in the Students Agreement/Responsibilities.
  • I am responsible for the daily monitoring/verification of all subjects studied, with scheduled monitoring by the Method teacher.
  • If I become aware of special or extenuating circumstances that will prohibit my student from turning in the assigned work by the due date, I will contact the Method Schools teachers prior to the due date to make alternative arrangements.
  • I understand that it is my responsibility to provide any needed transportation for my child’s scheduled meetings at a mutually agreed upon location reflected on the face of the master agreement and the lack of transportation is not an acceptable reason for failing to meet with a Method Schools teacher.

Change of Contact Information

Please notify an Enrollment Specialist should your contact information change and provide an updated proof of residency for your new address. Our staff will update the records accordingly. Correct contact information ensures that curriculum materials and important school notices are mailed to the correct student address. Parents are requested to update their account information should their email address change. Communication is often sent via email to the email address listed in the online curriculum. Thus, we would like to keep all records up-to-date.

Attendance

Attendance is important for the success of a student. If a student does not attend school and complete coursework, then they cannot succeed. Attendance is tracked through the online curriculum platform and completed coursework is monitored by our teachers. It is expected that lessons be completed each school day.

Excused absences are those that have been communicated to and approved by the teacher. Reasons for an excused absence include illness, bereavement, family emergency, natural disaster. Some instances may require written verification (i.e., doctor’s note) is submitted to your teacher.

Incomplete assignments equate to an absence at Method. Excessive absences interfere with the academic achievement of the student. Students who have unexcused absences will be contacted by the school. If attendance is not rectified in a timely manner, the administration may deem that enrollment in Method is not in the best interest of your child, and your child may be subject to withdrawal.

Non-Compliance Policy

Method Schools is in partnership with families to educate the students enrolled in our program. The partnership cannot be effective if students and/or parent/guardians are not actively participating in our program and meeting our enrollment requirements.

Indications that a student is not actively participating in our program include non-attendance, missing or refusing to schedule meetings, being unable to contact, and/or meeting additional enrollment requirements.

For purposes of this policy, a student not logging into their online courses or attending required meetings or instructional sessions without prior approval or proof of an alternate academic activity is considered an “absence”.  Students having excessive absences will be evaluated as to whether it is in the best interest of the pupil to remain in the independent study. Parent/guardians will be informed of this policy as part of the Student Agreement signed each year.

The evaluation shall take place during an attendance evaluation, which is conducted by a Method Schools administrator or designee. The Method Schools administrator or designee shall provide written notification to the parent/guardian or adult student of the attendance evaluation meeting.

In these instances, Method Schools will:

  • Contact the family by phone and email requesting a resolution within 48 hours.
  • 48 hours later, if no resolution, a teacher will attempt to contact the family again by phone and email. The email will request a resolution within 3 school days.
  • If the issue is not resolved, the administration  is notified and a second email is sent notifying the family that
    • An attendance evaluation meeting, as outlined below shall be held to determine whether or not independent study is in the best interest of the student.

Teachers are required to document each step of this process with detail and accuracy.  This included the date and time of attempted contact, the phone number and/or email used as well as the reason for contact.

Attendance Evaluation Meetings

Pupils who have excessive absences within one learning period shall be required to attend an Attendance Evaluation meeting to determine whether it is in the best interest of the pupil to remain in the independent study. This conference shall be held as soon as possible, and the Pupil will receive written notice of the Attendance Evaluation Meeting. The Pupil may request one postponement, not to exceed five (5) school days, of the conference for good cause.

At the meeting, the parent/guardian or adult student shall be informed of the reason for the meeting and the evidence supporting a finding that independent study is not in the pupil’s best interest. If the Pupil and/or representative do not attend the meeting, the Method staff will review the relevant information and make a determination in the Pupil’s absence/missed assignments.

The Pupil and/or his/her representative shall be given the opportunity to present information and/or witnesses to the Method Staff either orally or in writing or both during the Conference. Method Staff shall take any information presented by the parent/guardian/adult student into consideration when determining whether it is in the best interest of the pupil to remain in the independent study. Additional factors to be considered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Pupil's grades at the time of evaluation.
  • Teacher observation/feedback.
  • Pupil's progress in independent study curriculum

Method Schools staff's decision shall be provided in writing to the parent/guardian within three days of the evaluation. Method Schools staff may:

  • Find independent study int he pupil's best interest.
  • Place the pupil on attendance probation to be evaluated, again at the next attendance period if the pupil continues to fail in engaging daily activities.
  • Use other alternatives to improve attendance, or
  • Find that it is not in the pupil’s best interest to remain in the independent study.

If the Method Schools staff finds that it is not in the pupil’s best interest to remain in the independent study, then the pupil shall be withdrawn from enrollment at the Charter School and the parent/guardian or adult student shall immediately enroll in a site-based program through the local school district or other appropriate educational programs. Method School decisions are final.

Code of Conduct

Freedom of speech and expression is valued not only throughout society but also, and particularly, in the academic setting. No more is this so than in the classroom.

Method Schools, a classroom is defined as many different locations. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Online classroom sessions.
  • Onsite classes or meetings.
  • Any Method Schools community area.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other in an environment that does not distract from the mutual commitment to academic inquiry and reflection. To that end, the following code of classroom and school etiquette has been established.

  • Students will be respectful of teachers, aides, or any other Method Schools staff members, at all times. Talking back, or disrespect in any form will not be tolerated.
  • When participating in class dialogue, no one monopolizes discussions to the exclusion of others, either in terms of time or opinions expressed.
  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • No side conversations or other distracting behaviors are engaged in during class discussions or presentations.
  • No offensive comments, language, or gestures will be tolerated.
  • Please see additional policies specific to behavior, dress code,  and technology and internet use in the following pages.

Adherence to this code of etiquette will enable students to receive the most from their academic endeavors and should be seen as a regular and voluntary compact among faculty and students. Any infraction of this code, however, that is deemed to be materially or substantially disruptive of the learning environment is cause for removal of a student from a class or for student disciplinary proceedings. Any deviation from the expected student behavior, as posted in the Code of Conduct, will be handled according to the Behavior Policy.

Behavior Policy

Method Schools, students work side by side in their learning environment. In order to ensure all students feel safe, the following measures will be taken when serious violations in school conduct code occur. When students do not meet expectations, teachers may need to prescribe certain interventions as the teacher and/or staff deem appropriate.

Continuum of Consequences for Misbehavior

First Offense - A phone call is made home to parent/guardian regarding the offense. Per staff discretion, the student may receive additional monitoring during breaks and lunch breaks and lunch detention may be assigned, if your student is on campus during these times.

Second Offense - A meeting will be held to discuss the nature of the violation with parent and student. Additionally, the student will be closely monitored, during their time on campus, for one week, to ensure that the behavior is not repeated.

Third Offense - The student will not be allowed on campus, but must continue coursework at home,  for one week. A meeting will be scheduled, prior to the student’s return to campus, to implement a behavioral support plan.

Fourth Offense - The student will not be allowed on campus, and will continue to work from home until a mutually agreed upon date to return to campus.

At Method Schools we have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY on the following:

  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Physical Violence
  • Verbal Assault
  • Sexual Harassment

Any violation moves the behavior consequences to the fourth offense automatically.

Academic Interventions and Late Work Policy

Method Schools follow a prescriptive method to individualize and personalize student learning based on student needs.  Based on a Response to Intervention (“RTI”) model, students may be assigned and required to attend additional interventions where a teacher deems appropriate.  Additional interventions include, but are not limited to:

  • Required attendance in additional Targeted Direct Instruction (TDI) Sessions.
  • Adapted or modified online curriculum.
  • More frequent progress checks with teacher and parent.

If prescribed interventions do not result in adequate progress or change, the teacher will call a Student Success Team Meeting (“SST”).  At this meeting, student, teacher, and parent meeting to discuss the challenges and obstacles the student's faces and come to an agreement of what interventions are still appropriate or if further interventions must be put in place.

When Students Are At-Risk

When students don’t meet expectations, teachers may need to prescribe certain interventions as the teacher and/or staff deem appropriate.

Once students have been identified as at-risk, the prescribed interventions can and should be lifted after a sustained amount of time, in which the student demonstrated success. While the teacher can keep a student on an at-risk status longer if appropriate, at-risk status carries a minimum duration of at least 4 weeks, even if students show immediate improvement.

Consequences

If it is determined that a student has violated the Code of Conduct. Method School staff will adhere to the following procedures:

  • First warning
  • Parent-Teaching Meeting
  • If the problem continues, administrator phone conferences
  • Possible withdrawal

Depending on the severity of each action, Method Schools reserves the right to withdraw student upon the first action. This document describes the policies and guidelines for the use of the Method Schools and exists to ensure that all Method Schools students are aware of and understand their responsibilities when accessing and using Method Schools resources.

As a student enrolled in Method Schools, you should be aware of the following guidelines and expectations. Any activity that is not listed here, which violates local, state, or federal laws, is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Guidelines.

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the:

  • Removal of your access to Method School's instructional computing resources, which would result in your inability to complete learning activities.
  • Involvement with law enforcement agencies and possible legal action.
  • Withdrawal from our program.

Discipline

In order to promote learning and protect the safety and well-being of all students, Method Schools adheres to the Suspension and Expulsion guidelines established by California Education Code Section 48900. When a student interferes with the learning, safety, and well-being of students, it may be necessary to suspend or expel a student from regular classroom instruction. Staff shall enforce disciplinary rules and procedures fairly and consistently amongst all students.

Discipline includes but is not limited to advising and counseling students, conferring with parents/guardians, detention during and after school hours, and the use of alternative educational environments, suspension, and expulsion. Suspended or expelled students shall be excluded from all school and school-related activities unless otherwise agreed during the period of suspension or expulsion.

A student identified as an individual with disabilities or for whom the School has a basis of knowledge of a suspected disability pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (“IDEIA”) or who is qualified for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is subject to the same grounds for suspension and expulsion and is accorded the same due process procedures applicable to regular education students except when federal and state law mandates additional or different procedures. The School will follow Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and all federal and state laws when imposing any form of discipline on a student identified as an individual with disabilities or for whom the School has a basis of knowledge of a suspected disability or who is otherwise qualified for such services or protections in according due process to such students.

Dress Code

It is important to require a standard of dress for when students are on campus or attending a school-related event. These instances include (but are not limited to) outings, testing, community day, etc.

Clothing worn should promote the learning process and appropriate behavior. It is expected that students will wear clothing that is consistent with their health, safety, and welfare.

The following standard of dress must be observed in these instances:

  • Shorts and skirts must be longer than the tips of fingers when arms are relaxed at sides.
  • No strapless or backless tops or dresses.
  • No bare midriffs.
  • No low-cut tops revealing cleavage.
  • Undergarments must not show (i.e., saggy pants or sheer clothing).
  • No item of clothing may display foul or derogatory language or artwork.
  • No pajamas (unless it is spirit week)

Technology and Internet Use

To ensure internet safety for all students and the appropriate use of school equipment, Method Schools has developed the following policies regarding the acceptable use of technology at Method Schools.

Network Etiquette

As a Method student, you are expected to follow the rules of network etiquette or netiquette. The word “netiquette” refers to common-sense guidelines for conversing with others online. Please abide by these standards:

  • Avoid sarcasm, jargon, and slang
  • Swear words are unacceptable
  • Do not harass or threaten others
  • Do not use all capital letters (this is considered yelling)
  • Never use derogatory comments, including those regarding race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, political persuasion, body type, physical or mental health
  • Focus your responses on the questions or issues being discussed, not on the individuals involved
  • Be constructive with your criticism, not harmful
  • Review your messages before sending them. Remove easily misinterpreted language and proofread for typos
  • Respect the privacy of others
  • Do not broadcast online discussions and never reveal other people’s email addresses
  • Do not post personal information (Addresses, phone number, Instagram, Snapchat, Email, YouTube, etc.)

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Policy

Participation in Method Schools requires an Internet connection. This Internet connection is to be established and maintained by the family with the enrolled student(s). The nature of Method Schools program requires that students and learning coaches log onto the online curriculum each day to receive curriculum and lesson plans, attend online meetings, and other necessary resources, as well as to meet daily attendance requirements and submit lessons. Because of the unique schooling environment of Method Schools, it is an enrollment requirement to establish and maintain an Internet account throughout the entire time of being enrolled with Method Schools. Failure to provide or maintain an Internet connection will result in the withdrawal of your students.

Computer Policy

Method Schools will ensure that all enrolled students have access to a computer while on campus. Students are invited to use their personal devices on campus but must adhere to this Technology and Internet Use policy.

Prohibited Use

Students shall not use the equipment, software, online classrooms and other materials of Method Schools, or their own equipment, while on campus, to view, download, save, receive or send material related to or including any of the following:

  • Illegal activities
  • Offensive content of any kind including pornographic material
  • Content that promotes discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or disability
  • Threatening or violent behavior
  • Gambling or wagering
  • Commercial messages
  • Religious, political, or racial messages
  • Messages that misrepresent yourself
  • Download of any software on Method Schools computer(s)
  • Websites or chat rooms that are not for the purpose of Method Schools related education

Software programs may not be installed on the computer without written permission from the Method Schools. Only software that is required by Method Schools will be allowed on the Method Schools computers. All other software will be prohibited. Software that was originally provided with the computer may be updated without permission. This includes programs, such as, but not limited to:

  • Adobe flash player
  • Adobe reader
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft office
  • Sun Microsystem Java

Any unacceptable usage of the property, software and/or violation as described above regarding Method Schools equipment, software, online classrooms or Network/Internet Policy (found in the enrollment paperwork and signed before enrollment) may result in disciplinary action up to and including the immediate termination of enrollment in Method Schools.

Social Media

Due to the incredible amount of mental anguish and damage resulting from cyberbullying incidents, the use of any social media sites is prohibited while on campus at Method Schools. This includes during any breaks, free time, or lunch. Although we, at Method Schools cannot monitor your student’s social media activity, any incidences of cyberbullying, whether occurring on or off of campus, if brought to our attention, will be immediately reported to parents/guardians.

Materials and Computer Equipment

All instructional materials, including computer equipment and related hardware for use at Method Schools, are loaned to students while on campus at Method Schools.

On campus, school computers are only to be used for educational purposes, not for entertainment or for other personal purposes. Method Schools shall not provide any funds or another thing of value to the pupil or his parent or guardian that a school district could not legally provide to a similarly situated pupil of the school district, or his/her parent/guardian.

Internet Safety Policy

It is the policy of Method Schools to (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via the Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic

communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activities; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

Definitions

Key terms as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, Learning Coach, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Method Schools online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all members of Method Schools staff and the Learning Coach, at home, to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Learning Coach, Method Schools, or designated representatives.

CIPA Definitions of Terms:

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE, the term “technology protection measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

  1.     OBSCENE, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;
  2. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or
  3. Harmful to minors.

HARMFUL TO MINORS: The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

  1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
  2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
  3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT: The terms “sexual act” and “sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.

Harassment Reporting

If you are being harassed online in your school course environment, it is important to report it immediately to your school administrator. Harassment comes in many forms including:

  • Spam (unsolicited emails not pertaining to the course)
  • Threatening communications
  • Offensive communications or any other kind of communication that makes you feel uncomfortable (i.e. Cyberbullying)

Online Student Policy

  • First and foremost, DO NOT WAIT FOR HELP. If you are struggling, confused, or are needing help with anything, email your mentor or course instructor immediately. Waiting for help will only result in your falling behind.
  • Unless special arrangements are made, all Method Schools students are required to be enrolled in four courses, throughout the school year.
  • Students will be enrolled in English and Mathematics courses for the entirety of each 90-day semester.
  • Additionally, students are required to be enrolled in four other courses, throughout each semester. These courses will last for 45 days.
  • Therefore, students will complete 6 courses per semester.
  • Daily attendance is mandatory. Students are required to work for a minimum of one hour, each day, in each enrolled course, for a minimum total of 4 hours per day. This, of course, depends on student pace and assigned work for each day.
  • Students should set, and follow, a daily work schedule. It is suggested that students complete 45-50 minute work sessions, followed by small (5 minutes) breaks, throughout the day, until daily work has been completed.
  • All students will be scheduled to attend mandatory, online meetings with their mentor.
  • Any student-athletes, enrolled in NCAA approved courses, will have mandatory, weekly, instructor-led, online instructional sync sessions. These are graded, and failure to attend may affect NCAA eligibility.
  • Students should follow their pacing guides daily, in order to stay on track, and successfully complete their courses on time.
  • All students, as part of their agreement with Method Schools, will take monthly reading and math assessments. These help us determine whether or not students may be better served with additional instruction in these areas.

Learning Coach Requirements

Method Schools does require that a responsible adult is at home during school hours to supervise the instruction of each student. Upon enrollment, the learning coach and student are required to sign a Master Agreement that acts as a contract between enrolled families and Method Schools. As a learning coach, you can expect to spend an average of 4 to 6 hours per day on direct student instruction, depending on the student’s grade level, with additional time for daily or weekly lesson preparation. A student’s successful progress requires daily learning coach commitment to the discipline and organization implicit to manage a first-class education.

The following expectations were included in your student’s master agreement paperwork and agreed to when you enrolled your student in Method Schools.

Online Classroom

Our online classroom experience is designed to extend the boundaries of the physical classroom by connecting students and teachers and create a learning partnership. The online classroom is a real-time virtual classroom environment designed for virtual education and collaboration. The online classroom technology enables all students of all ability levels to get an interactive learning experience. Method Schools offers a wide variety of student sessions, which support the K12/Fuel Ed curriculum and are an excellent resource for students. Teachers may conduct student sessions and offer office hours to answer questions from students and learning coaches.

Please refer to the Code of Conduct for student behavior expectations in online classroom sessions.

Grievance Policy and Procedures

Method Schools are committed to achieving and fostering both employee and student/family satisfaction. The following procedure was developed to ensure that employee, student, and family grievances are addressed fairly by the appropriate persons in a timely manner. Method Schools prohibit discrimination against students/families on the basis of ethnicity, sex, ancestry, physical or mental disability, race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or religion.

  • The parent/guardian will address in writing, any concerns or grievance, initially with the student’s teacher and lead teacher. Such a person will respond within ten (10) school days.
  • If the concern or grievance is not resolved, the parent/guardian may, within ten (10) school days, request a meeting with the Director to discuss the concern or grievance. The Director will investigate and respond with ten (10) school days.
  • A written email and letter will be sent to the family that will address the concern and outcome.

Special Education

Method Schools offer special education services within our full-inclusion model general education independent study model. These services are available for all students who have been identified as qualifying for special needs. In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and the California Education Code, Method works to both identify and serve eligible children. Any parent who suspects that their child may have a disability should discuss their concerns with their child’s regular education teacher. Any Special Education needs or concerns should be directed to the Director.

Response to Intervention/Student Success Team

The first step, in response to concerns expressed by either a teacher or a parent, is to start the response to intervention (RTI) process in order to improve your child's performance. The RTI process is a multi-tiered approach to providing services and interventions to students who struggle with learning at increasing levels of intensity based on progress monitoring and data analysis. Implementation of the RTI process limits the amount of academic failure that any student experiences. This process starts with in-depth screening to identify specific areas of need for students. The Student Study Team (SST) is a resource available to all Method families and the second tier in the RTI process. The SST is designed to address parent concerns regarding their student’s academic or behavioral challenges. The SST meeting provides a forum for the parent, general education teacher, additional Method teachers and support staff to come together and develop additional ideas or strategies to help the student. The process should be used as one of the preliminary steps in working with a specialist to help identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses. This will provide additional support to a student to enable success within the least restrictive environment, general education classroom. If you have academic or behavioral concerns regarding your student, please let your teacher know.

Interventions

Method Schools offers student-specific, individualized interventions for all students. Your child will receive research-based support and strategies, particularly in areas where your child is struggling.

Student Records

Your student’s records may be viewed at any time pursuant to the Notification of Rights under FERPA. Please provide our office with five (5) days’ notice so that the record may be pulled. The record must be viewed in the presence of a Method Schools administrative staff member.

Students who transfer into Method Schools will complete the Release of Student Records form included in the student enrollment package. Our office will send this form to your student’s previous school upon receipt in order to obtain your student’s records. It is the responsibility of your previous school to mail the records to Method Schools at that time.

Should you decide to withdraw from Method Schools and transfer to a new school, your new school will contact Method Schools to request your student’s records, and we will mail the records to them.

State Standardized Tests

As a public charter school, our students participate in all state-mandated tests.

Participation rates are critical to the success of our school. According to recent regulations outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act, a public school is required to achieve a participation rate of 95% on any state testing. If a school has less than 95% of its students participate in any assessment, the school runs the risk of receiving a serious penalty by the state of California.

A testing schedule will be distributed to all families.

Individual student performance results on statewide achievement testing will be distributed to both parents and teachers in a timely manner.

Should you decide to withdraw from Method Schools and teach in the home, please contact our school offices and we will mail a copy of your student records to you.

Unable to Contact

In any school, but especially in a virtual school, regular communication with your Method Schools teacher is essential for your student's success in our program. If you are planning to be out of state, on vacation, or otherwise unable to communicate with your teacher for a period of time please notify your teacher so that proper arrangements to monitor your student's progress and attendance can be made.

  • Due to the enrollment requirements of our school, if your teacher is unable to contact you for 4 days, Method will attempt contact via phone and email requesting contact. If after these procedures have been followed and contact has not been made within 24 hours, it will be assumed that your child is enrolled in another educational program and your child will be withdrawn.

Withdrawals

If you decide to withdraw a student from Method Schools, please communicate your decision through your assigned Mentor. Your  Mentor may schedule a final face-to-face (this may be via online classroom for High School) conference to ensure that your student receives the appropriate academic and attendance credit.

During this meeting, you will be required to submit work samples that your student has completed since your last face-to-face conference. Shipping labels required for the return of the loaned teaching materials will arrive within 2-3 weeks from the date you notified your Mentor of your withdrawal.

Work Permits

Students requesting a work permit need to speak with their Method Schools Mentor, complete the required paperwork, and submit it to their Method Schools teacher. Work permits are only issued to students who meet the following guidelines:

  • Maintain, at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Are not under attendance evaluation.

Please allow for at least 10 working days to return your permit paperwork. In order for us to complete Work Permit paperwork, your student must be in good standing with the school and maintain good standing in terms of attendance and progress or work permit is revoked.

K - 12 Course Expectations

Method Schools offers students, in the state of California, the opportunity to work in a self-paced learning environment where academic course levels are tailored to meet the student at his/her point of need.

Progress in Curriculum

Method Schools realizes that not all students work at the same pace, but students are expected to make consistent progress in each subject area each month. Students needing additional support either for remedial or advanced work have the opportunity to join online classroom sessions scheduled with their teacher.

Grade Level Promotion

Method Schools start with the expectation that most of our students who regularly attend school will be promoted to the next grade level by the end of the school year. Grade-level promotion is not based solely on percentages, numbers of lessons completed, or test scores. Rather, grade-level promotion is based on a more comprehensive view that includes satisfactory progress in skill development, acceptable attendance, prior school experience, and achievement on lesson assessments and teacher assessment of student ability. As would be the case in a traditional classroom, students at Method will exhibit a significant range of achievement in a certain grade and most students in this range will move to the next grade.

K - 5 Grading Scale

Method Schools uses a mastery-based grading system. For a lesson to be considered mastered, students must complete all materials contained within the lesson with an accuracy of 80% or higher.

Students who enroll after the start of school or have special needs will work with their teacher to determine the appropriate progress expectations for the school year.

6 - 8 Grading Scale

Grades will be determined on how you perform assignments within each course. These graded assignments can include:

Assignments will be teacher graded or computer graded depending on the assignment. Students, parents, teachers, and administration have access to the learning management system (LMS). 

9 - 12 Grading Scale

Grades will be determined based on how a student performs on assignments within each course. Graded assignments can include:

Assignments will be teacher graded or computer graded depending on the assignment. Students, parents, teachers, and administration have access to grades through the learning management system (LMS).

Method High School

Graduation Requirements

In order to prepare students for a rigorous post-secondary education, Method Schools offers a course catalog that includes courses that are the University of California Aa-Gg approved and align to the state’s academic standards.

220 Credits

  • English/Language Arts - 40 Credits
  • Math  (Geometry required) - 30 Credits
  • History/Social Science - 30 Credits
  • Science - 30 Credits
  • World Language - 20 Credits
  • Visual & Performing Arts - 10 Credits
  • Health - 5 Credits
  • Physical Education - 20 Credits
  • Electives/Career Education - 35 Credits

Courses may vary year-to-year depending on the offerings available. Please contact your teacher for additional information on core, AP, Honors, and elective courses.

Physical Education Requirement

Physical education is a required course. Students are to complete an average of 20 minutes of physical activity per day. Learning Coaches are responsible for completing and submitting a completed PE log for each student at each face-to-face meeting.

PE activities are activities that are structured, organized, and supervised (SOS).  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Participating in an athletic class, dance class or sports team.
  • Supervised activities, such as regular bicycling, hiking, calisthenics or jogging.

High School Physical Education Requirement

The completion of 20 credits of PE is a requirement for graduation from Method. Along with PE curriculum content, students are required to complete physical activity every day while enrolled in a PE class and log each day’s activities. These will be monitored by the Learning Coach or a professional trainer and/or coach. There are a variety of accepted physical education activities. Examples are provided in the PE syllabus.

Progress in Classes

The goal of Method Schools is to educate your student. We cannot be successful if your student does not participate in school. Attending an independent study program requires that students are able to complete work independently as outlined in the enrollment requirements and as scheduled by their subject teachers. If students are unable to complete and submit their assignments as assigned by their teachers, it may be an indication that independent study is not an appropriate placement.

In order to have successful progress in each class:

  • The student will complete and/or submit all daily lessons in each course.
  • The student will make continuous progress (actively engaged, completing assignments and submitting assignments) in each course.
  • Students will use the online curriculum provided by Method Schools.
  • The student must submit coursework at the direction of the teacher.
  • During travel time, the student must be progressing (actively engaged and completing assignments) in the curriculum. A travel plan must be created with a Method Teacher prior to any travel that is more than three days. If a student is not actively participating, Method Schools may withdraw for not meeting enrollment requirements.

Course Completion and Extensions

Courses are considered complete once a student has taken the final, finished no less than 80% of the work and received a passing Actual Grade. If a student has not taken the final, the course will be given an extension no longer than a week in order for the final to be administered. Students who have taken their final and/or finish the required amount of work, but have not earned a passing grade, can be given an extension to the discretion of the Mentor. All courses which do not satisfy the above 3 requirements at the end of a semester will be repeated in the proceeding semester of school. All courses must be completed in the semester that they started in as long as 45 days are remaining in the semester. The only course with less than 45 days from their start date to the end of the semester will be allowed to continue those courses into the next semester. The included flow map will aid Mentors in determining if a course is complete and when a student will be put on the extension.

Course Completion and Extension Process

Academic Integrity Policy

Students and staff at Method Schools are responsible for upholding academic integrity, which refers to honesty and responsibility in representing your own work and recognizing and acknowledging the contribution of others.

Acts of academic dishonesty violate the foundations of Method Schools; diminish learning; and are unfair to students who do their own work. For these reasons, academic dishonesty is taken seriously with consequences ranging from failing the assignment or course or being withdrawn from Method Schools.

Definition of Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

Academic dishonesty, cheating, and plagiarism are considered an attempt to obtain credit through dishonest means. This includes cheating, plagiarism and any attempt to obtain credit for academic work through fraudulent, deceptive, or dishonest means.

Some examples of this include (but are not limited to):

  • Using another’s work and claiming it as your own.
  • Copying other students’ work or allowing your work to be copied.
  • Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • Copying from the text, websites, or other course materials.
  • Purchasing a paper or project.
  • “Recycling” an assignment – submitting an assignment to more than one course.
  • Asking for answers in any social media forum, discussion, or chatroom.
  • Manipulating online assessments to achieve a passing score without mastering the content.
  • Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas or works as one’s own. This constitutes as fraud or theft. Plagiarism or any form of academic dishonesty is a grave offense and will not be tolerated.

If a teacher or administrator determines there is sufficient evidence of academic dishonesty on the part of a student, the teacher may exercise one or more of the following options, depending on the severity of the offense.

Consequences

  • First Offense – the teacher will remove credit for any assignment related to the offense. The teacher will contact parent and student regarding the offense and discuss the repercussions of additional offenses. The teacher will provide resources and support to help the student success while maintaining academic integrity. The student will be required to resubmit assignment(s) directly to the teacher within 1 week to receive credit.
  • Second Offense – the teacher will remove credit for any assignment related to the offense. Teacher or administrator will conference with the parent and student regarding the seriousness of academic integrity. A letter will be placed in the student’s file regarding the offense. The student may be required additional supervision (example: complete assessments in the online classroom) to help support the student be successful in the future. The student will not receive academic credit for the assignment(s).
  • Third Offense – student may be withdrawn from Method Schools and placed back in their school of residence. The incidents will be noted in the student’s permanent file.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. If a student borrows the words of another author, he/she must be careful to use the author's exact words, enclose them in quotation marks, and cite the source in the body of the text and also on the reference page. If students are unsure whether or not he/she should cite, he/she is encouraged to cite.

The student is also encouraged to ask instructors for guidance on this issue. Students might also consult writing handbooks such as the Essential Little Brown Handbook and for formatting, questions refer to manuals such as The MLA Handbook for the Humanities, The Publication Manual of the APA for social sciences and business and The CBE Style Manual for natural and applied sciences. Failure to abide by these standards will be reported to the appropriate administrative authorities and may result in loss of credit and revoked access to course(s).

Report Cards

Method Schools will provide a written report card for each student at the end of each semester. The report card will include an indicator of the student’s progress as well as a short narrative report provided by the child's teacher.

As the K12/Fuel Ed curriculum is mastery-based curriculum, each report card is a “snapshot,” an important indicator of where a student is in his or her lesson schedule in a particular grade. Progress and achievement will vary according to lesson planning, teaching schedules, the date when a student enrolls, the student’s learning style, and aptitude.

Students beginning after the start of school will receive a progress report based on the completion of lessons in accordance with the amount of time they have been enrolled. the achievement will vary according to lesson planning, teaching schedules, the date when a student enrolls, the student’s learning style, and aptitude.

Students beginning after the start of school will receive a progress report based on the completion of lessons in accordance with the amount of time they have been enrolled.

Teacher Conferences

Throughout the year, both you and your children) will meet with your teacher(s) via phone, via online classrooms and in-person on a regular basis. Student work will be both assigned and collected during these meetings. Meetings provide an excellent time for you to celebrate your successes, voice concerns, obtain enrichment ideas and discuss your student’s progress through the curriculum.

In addition, meetings provide your teacher with the opportunity to develop a strong learning partnership with you and your student through the use of dialogue, observation, and assessment. Your teacher will work with you to arrange the date and time. Meetings will take place at a Method Schools campus.

It is both you and your teacher’s responsibility to provide at least 24 hours’ notice should one of you become unavailable for the meeting. If a meeting is canceled, your teacher will call to reschedule within the same learning period.

Meetings will take place weekly. An in-person meeting must take place at least once per semester; however, depending on your child’s level of need your teacher may require that you meet in person more often. Failure to meet this requirement may indicate that Independent Study is not the appropriate place for your child, and may result in your children withdraw from Method Schools.

Your teacher will use these meetings to:

  • Review the work completed by your student
  • Provide additional instructional services (as is necessary)
  • Assign work for the next learning period
  • Conduct assessments in core subjects, as needed

Work Samples

In order to meet state independent study guidelines, work samples will be required and collected monthly. Your Method Schools teacher will need to collect one sample from each of the areas your student was assigned work during the month. You may be asked to submit work samples via our online curriculum. Procedures for this will be outlined in greater detail at the parent orientation meeting. It is imperative that you and your teacher work together to collect and document these samples.

It is required by the state for Method Schools to maintain samples of student work. Therefore, it is imperative that appropriate work samples are collected each month. Work sample due dates is set by the teacher. Failure to provide work samples may indicate that Independent Study is not the appropriate place for your child.

Changes in Class Schedule

Method Schools will allow class/schedule changes in the first ten (10) days of each new semester for good cause.

Good cause includes, but is not limited to:

  • Misplacement.
  • Repetition of a previous with a passing grade.
  • Placement in a course, prior to receipt of a transcript from the former district(s).
  • Parent request.

Method Schools will not allow class/schedule changes beyond the first ten (10) days of each new semester. All work must be made up immediately upon entering the new course. This is the sole responsibility of the student.

Withdrawing from a Course and Drop Policy

Student requests withdrawal from an assigned course will be received and completed as deemed appropriate by an assigned teacher.  Requests for withdrawal must be within two weeks from the start date to receive a W.

After two weeks, the student will be graded based on the below guidelines:

  • If a student has completed at least 70% of the course, the student will receive a grade.
  • If a student has completed less than 70%, a student will receive an “I” for incomplete.

Requirements for Concurrent Enrollment (Community Colleges Only)

Method High School students wishing to enroll in a community college must complete all forms with their Method Teacher. The teacher will help the student select classes that meet their educational needs. Students will only be permitted to register for classes that their teacher approves. Each form needs to be signed by the Method Schools Administrator.

Students must have the signature of a parent or guardian authorizing the student’s participation in the program. Students must submit a copy of the high school concurrent enrollment application, to the counselor prior to enrollment in each semester he/she wishes to participate.

Students are limited to six units, or two classes, per semester if they are in good academic standing with Method Schools.

All coursework taken will appear on the student’s community college transcript. If the coursework is pre-approved the student will receive credit from Method Schools on their high school transcript.

The community college is not responsible for the supervision of minor students anywhere on campus outside of the classroom setting. Faculty staff is not expected to wait with students until their ride arrives. At times, classes may be dismissed early.

Students must adhere to all college policies on course requirements, attendance, dates and deadlines, and any other applicable policies and procedures including the Student Code of Conduct. See the college catalog or schedule of classes for policies.

Steps for High School Concurrent Enrollment

  • Read the class schedule and choose a course you would like to take.
  • Get your parent’s approval for attending a college class and have them sign the high school concurrent enrollment form.
  • Submit the high school concurrent enrollment to Method Schools teacher to obtain his/her signature and discuss your selection.
  • Complete an admissions application from the community college and take it to the Admissions & Records Office, along with the high school concurrent enrollment form.
  • A student may be required to take assessments if enrolled in English, Math, or ESL courses and must adhere to any prerequisite requirements.
  • The student must fill out a separate high school concurrent enrollment form for each semester you attend.
  • In order for a student to receive the concurrent credit, Method Schools must receive the final transcript with the class taken from the community college.

Grade Appeal Policy

The role of an effective learning coach and engaged student includes monitoring academic progress on a consistent basis. Parents and students have constant access to view assignment and course grades through the Learning Management System. If a concern arises about a specific grade on an assignment or progress report, the assigned teacher should be notified immediately via phone or email. These issues are best resolved within the assigned grading period, when possible.

The grade earned by each pupil shall be the grade determined by the teacher of the course when grades are earned for any course of instruction. In the absence of any of the grounds listed below, the grade shall be final. Within thirty (30) school days of the date that grades are mailed, the Education Rights holder for the student may request that a change of a pupil’s grade be made only on the following grounds:

  1. Mistake
  2. Fraud
  3. Bad faith or
  4. Incompetence

Whom to Contact

Your Mentor is the first person you should contact whenever you need help; however, sometimes you’ll need help from someone else. There are a lot of people, with a ton of knowledge, at Method, but often, it can be frustrating trying to get a question answered if you don’t know which teacher, or staff member, is the best person to help you. The list below should offer some guidance in helping both students and parents contact the correct person for their specific situations or questions:

Jade Fernandez Head of Schools Extension 700
Steve Bentley Operations Lead, Biology, Career Education Extension 701
Elizabeth Bissett Science & Curriculum  Extension 702
Patrick Clark Social Studies Extension 717
Rachel DeSena Language Arts Extension 712
Sabrina Godshaw Academic Improvement Manager (TDI & Ren/Star) Extension 711
Dalton Hunkle Student-Athlete Programs, PE & Health Extension 716
Richard Krejcir Homeschool Coordinator Extension 708
Kim Mukuriah Enrollment Specialist Extension 0 or 2
Grace Pak ES/MS Math Extension 707
Amy Pinter Program Coordinator, Math, Field Trips, EFF Extension 709
Bryan Reinecke HS Math Extension 713
Lydia Robles Lead Enrollment Specialist Extension 0 or 2