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Language Arts Workshop
Surf Report
Read Across America
Science Lab
Recognition Ceremony
Computer Lab

"Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing.” 
–Donna J. Abernathy

Remix Art

School Information

Students need to work 4 hours per school day (1 hour per subject) to
stay current in their classes. The four core subjects are English, math, science and social studies. Interactive online programs are used for instruction. Parents/guardians play a big role to support and guide their child each school day. 

Each virtual lesson includes a direct instruction video and a variety of follow-up activities. K-5 students take online quizzes and exams. Weekly assignments are submitted by students through the online program. 6th - 8th grade students complete assignments that follow the pattern of five activities: warm up, direct instruction, summary, assignment, and quiz. Students also take unit exams. Capistrano Home/Virtual School teachers also monitor student progress throughout the school year.

Capistrano Home/Virtual School offers teacher support, ongoing communication, weekly Workshops for students, family excursions, special activities/events, and access to your child's neighborhood school. An assignment calendar of online work is provided to families so that parents/guardians and students know what needs to accomplish each school day.

There is ongoing communication between the Capistrano Home/Virtual School teacher, student, and parent/guardian during the year by e-mail, phone, and in-person at Capistrano Home/Virtual School, including parent/teacher conferences. A “Weekly Surf Report” is emailed to Capistrano Home/Virtual School families every Monday. Each online issue contains school news and optional fun and educational activities for Capistrano Home/Virtual School students and families. 

Capistrano Home/Virtual School students have the option of participating in programs and classes (6th - 8th grade) at their neighborhood school of residence. For example, K-5 students can participate in Primary Music (K-3) or Block Music (4th & 5th grade) music and art at their neighborhood elementary school while enrolled in Capistrano Home/Virtual School. Students in 6th - 8th grade can take up to two classes at their neighborhood CUSD middle school while enrolled in Capistrano Home/Virtual School, creating a blended or hybrid program.

Engaging and educational K-5 and middle school Workshops are held each week during the school year, either at our site or virtually online. Due to COVID-19, Workshops during the 2020-21 school year will be held virtually. Dates and times of Workshops will be included in the "Weekly Surf Report." Each Workshop is conducted by a CHVS teacher. All Workshops are optional for students.

Capistrano Home/Virtual School has a Computer Lab and Science Lab for 6th - 8th grade students. Pending COVID-19 guidelines, the Computer Lab will be open up to four days per week for middle school students to use to complete their online coursework. A Capistrano Home/Virtual School teacher is in the Computer Lab to monitor and assist students, as needed. The Computer Lab is option for students. The Science Lab is used during middle school Workshops.

All required State Standardized Tests, including California Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (CAASPP)/Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) and district assessments, are administered at the Capistrano Home/Virtual School site. Student progress is continually monitored through a variety of web-based assessments.

If a child is a special education student with a current Individualized Education Program (IEP), California Education Code requires that an IEP team consent to an independent study placement to attend CHVS. Parents/guardians are asked to contact their child’s IEP case-carrier to see if Capistrano Home/Virtual School is an educational option for their special education child. 

Students do not receive letter grades at Capistrano Home/Virtual School. Students earn credit based on the level of work they complete each week, and during the collection of work on monthly turn-in days. Attendance is given based on work completion on monthly turn-in days.

Students and parents/guardians are required to attend an Orientation with their Capistrano Home/Virtual School Advisement Teacher, a Conference at the beginning of the semester or two weeks after enrolling, and any other scheduled teacher/student meetings.

Principal Jolene Dougherty is the Student Success Team (SST) and 504 Plan Coordinator.

Flipgrid Activity

“We have been thankful, every day, for the past 8 years for our wonderful online program through Capistrano Home/Virtual School (CHVS). The benefits are vast and numerous.”
- CHVS Parent

Science Lab

Work Hard
Dream Big

Google Hangouts

“Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” 
–Jennifer Fleming

Google Hangouts

“Think out of the box and create a learning experience where the learner can interact with the content and their brains.” 
–Rosalie Ledda Valdez

The Distance Learning Wave Show

Virtual Learning
Distance Learning

Students and Art