Home Study

Home Study

Home Study is a truly personalized program that meets the unique needs of each child and fosters an environment for success.

Home Study

Students in the Home Study Program are divided into two main groups, kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) and high school (9-12). For K-8 students, daily instruction is provided by the parent-teacher under the supervision of an educational facilitator from JCS. K-8 students may also receive instruction one day a week at a learning center, take online classes, or elect to use vendor funds for instruction from one of the JCS vendors. At the 9-12 level, the Home Study Program includes three options – the portfolio program whereby parents / guardians design the students’ course of study with the assistance of an educational facilitator (similar to the K-8 program described above), the specialist program where the curriculum is designed by a highly qualified teacher and overseen by an educational facilitator in conjunction with the parent-teacher, and the INSITE program whereby a teacher designs and supports the students’ educational program. The primary difference between the various home study programs is who is directing the students’ daily instruction – their parent / guardian or an educational facilitator from JCS. High school home study students also have the option to participate in group instruction at a JCS Academy.

Prospective Parent Home Study Presentation (PDF)

Home Study FAQs

Home Study is a truly personalized program that meets the unique needs of each child and fosters an environment for success! Each student is able to develop at their own pace in a learning atmosphere that is customized to them. Home Study is ideal for parents who want to play an active role in their child’s education. Teachers are responsible for designing, monitoring, and assessing the learning. Parents are responsible for the supervision and support of the learning.  At JCS, we empower parents to become partners in their child’s education and equip them to inspire their child’s love of learning and excel academically.

Educational Facilitators meet with their home school families throughout San Diego, Riverside (including Coachella Valley), and Orange County at a variety of locations including libraries, JCS Academies, local businesses, and parks. 

Yes! JCS is a California accredited public charter school.

JCS is a TK-12 public charter school.

Free! JCS is a tuition-free public charter school. There is no cost to attend our Home Study or Academy program.

In the Home Study program, JCS allows any curriculum that is secular in nature and approved by the State of California. While we do allow our families the flexibility to customize their educational experience, we also offer a list of suggested curriculum for each grade level. Read more about curriculum options.

In the Home Study program, JCS allows any curriculum that is secular in nature and approved by the State of California. While we do allow our families the flexibility to customize their educational experience, we also offer a list of suggested curriculum for each grade level. Read more about curriculum options.

Learning Centers and Enrichment

Julian Charter School offers a Learning Center option for JCS Home Study students grade TK-8. Students can use their Educational Units to participate in this program on Fridays at the San Diego and Temecula location(s), or Tuesday at the Ramona location. An online writing class is also available on Mondays (grades 3 -5 and grade 6-8). To find out more about JCS Learning Centers, choose an option below:

Temecula Learning Center
The Temecula Learning Center Program gives TK-8 home study students living in driving distance to Temecula an opportunity to attend academy classes once a week. Classes are enriching, hands-on and activity based. This enrichment program provides students a place to interact socially and academically with other home study students.  Throughout the day, students engage in various reading, writing, math, science, social studies, art and P.E. activities that coincide with skills they are learning in their regular home study.

Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
27235 Madison Ave., Temecula, CA 92590
Lori Orrell: lorrell@jcs-inc.org

Ramona Enrichment
The Ramona Enrichment Classes are run by local vendors and provides TK-8 Home Study students living in driving distance to Ramona an opportunity to attend classes once a week. Classes are enriching, hands-on and activity based. This enrichment program provides students a place to interact socially and academically with other home study students.  Throughout the day, students engage in STEM, music, art, martial arts, and photography.

Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1191 Meadowlark Way, Ramona, CA
Lori Cummings: lcummings@jcs-inc.org

Educational Facilitators

In the Home Study program the parent is the primary supervisor and support of the student’s education, however, students are provided with a California accredited teacher who meets with them once every 20 days. At JCS, we call these teachers Educational Facilitators or EFs. Students and parents meet with their EF once every 20 days for a minimum of one hour. Together they review assignments, discuss problems or areas of concern, and then plan the next month’s assignments. While students only meet in person with their EF once every 20 days, EFs are available regularly to remotely support both students and parents. For more information about how home study is structured and about the roles of the parent, student and EF please see the Parent / Student Handbook.

In addition to being supported by an EF, High School students are assigned to a credentialed subject area teacher for core subjects. These JCS specialists are available to assist with the assignment and evaluation of work as well as consultation and tutoring throughout the semester.

The JCS Home Study program offers many support resources to aid in the success of each student. Some of the resources we currently offer include:

Educational Units

Every Home Study student receives a budgeted amount of educational units each semester that allows them to participate in extracurricular activities with participating JCS Vendors at no cost to the family. By utilizing educational units, students can enrich their academic experience with activities like art, music, dance and more.

2018-2019 School Year (Per Semester)
TK-12 Grade Students Each Receive: 750 Educational Units
JCS Educational Bundle (PDF)

Field Trips

Field trips are offered on a monthly basis for students in grades TK-8, and at least once per semester for students in grades 9-12. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and a student may sign up for three field trips per semester. These are just a few examples of the fantastic home study field trips offered through JCS each year. We try to repeat the most popular ones, and add several new ones each year.

  • Children’s Museum – Temecula
  • Various museums
  • Painted Earth
  • Various Concerts
  • Medieval Times
  • Bubble Fest & Discovery Cube Exhibit
  • Legoland
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas production
  • Marine Science Floating Lab
  • Six-Flag Outdoor Classroom Days
  • Canadian Fiddling and Step Dancing performance
  • LA Carnivores
  • Birch Aquarium
  • Science Explorations
  • Engineering
  • STEM activities
  • Olympic Training Center
  • Living Desert
  • Art Quests/Activities
  • Whale Watching
  • Ice Skating
  • Mine Tours
  • Historical Tours and Adventures
  • Child Creativity Labs
  • Pumpkin Harvest
  • Mission Tours
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Hiking
  • Dramas/Plays
  • Kayaking
  • Farm visits
  • Magic School Bus
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World