• Bellevue Union School District Free Home Study Program Open to ALL K-6 students in Sonoma County

    • Flexible Schedule
    • Flexible, Standards Based, Academic Program
    • Collaboration of Parents/Teachers/Administrators to create a program to fit the needs of each child
    • Weekly consultation meetings to ensure academic needs are being met
    • High degree of parent involvement
    • Best suited for self-motivated students who can adhere to deadlines
    • Support staff on hand to provide assistance and support for students with IEP’s

    Call now to register for the Fall 2018 school year ->707-331-4647

  • About the Program

    The Bellevue Union School District Independent Study Program is a partnership between the school district and parents who choose to instruct their children at home. Parents are responsible for guiding the daily instruction while the school district provides oversight, guidance, and curriculum materials along with a credentialed teacher who assists in developing lesson plans and monitoring progress. Teacher, parent, and child meet regularly to review student work and prepare new assignments.

    Academic content can be personalized to student’s special interests. Home study students may pursue independent projects that extend their learning in an area of interest. Projects, as well as all assignments, are standards based and are developed through student, parent and teacher collaboration.  In April or May, home study students participate in state standardized testing.

    When considering home study, parents must examine their time commitment, relationship with their child, and ability to provide the organized, daily routine necessary to establish a successful learning environment at home. Many parents find the experience intense, yet rewarding; giving them insight into teaching and their child’s learning. Assuming the dual role of parent and teacher is not always easy or successful.

    It is possible to enroll a child in home study for a short period of time and then return to the regular classroom. The decision to participate in home study needs to be made with a great deal of careful thought and with strong commitments from both student and parent. When the decision is made, the Bellevue School District is committed to your child’s success.

    Call now to register for the Fall 2018 school year ->707-331-4647

  • About the Teacher

    Ken Schwinn was born and raised in New York.  He moved to California in 1979 and worked as a counselor in the mental health field for 7 years.  Ken went on to earn his BA in Geology and Teaching Credential at U.C. Santa Cruz.  He taught grades 4-8 for 15 years in Santa Cruz and Sonoma.  He earned an MA in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Credential at Sonoma State University after which he worked as an Elementary School Principal for 10 years.  For the past 7 years Ken has worked at CalStateTEACH as a faculty advisor guiding graduate students through their teaching credential program.  Ken is an experienced presenter and facilitator of professional development for teachers. He began working as the Home Study Coordinator in the Bellevue District in 2017.

    Ken has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 21 years.  They met when they taught in side-by-side classrooms in Santa Cruz. Jennifer is now the Superintendent for the Gravenstein Union School District.  He has two sons in high school; Luke who is a freshman and Riley is a junior.  In his spare time, Ken enjoys playing guitar, cooking, hiking, mountain biking, traveling, camping, coaching youth sports, and reading.