Frequently Asked Questions


Below is a list of common questions we receive here at SOAR Independent Study:

  1. Who do I contact to enroll in SOAR Independent Study?

  1. What type of program is SOAR Independent Study?

Please visit our website HERE for information about our program!!

  1. Is independent study easier than regular school?

  • No. It can be more difficult for students. Disciplining yourself to study at home six hours or more each day is harder than many students envision.  However, students receive one-on-one support from their teachers in meeting goals and keeping up with assignments.

  1. How do I enroll?

  • All new students must enroll with the SOAR counselor at the main site after being referred by their home school.  Students may enroll in the SOAR program at any time

5.  How do I know if I'm working on schedule?

  • When you begin a class, you and your parents sign a contract or written agreement. The contract specifies what work must be completed each week. If in doubt, ask your teacher.

6.  Can I work faster?

  • The minimum amount of work due weekly is 30 hours. You can set the maximum, based on how many additional hours you are willing to work on top of the 30 hour minimum. You should inform your teacher if you wish to accomplish more than the minimum and make arrangements to complete a course as quickly as you are able to. If you complete your work early, your teacher will work with you on keeping up with your pace.

7.  Is tutoring available?

  • Tutoring is available for all SOAR students.  Currently we are offering Zoom tutoring in our IMIN center.  Students can contact their teacher and we will virtually walk you directly into the tutoring center!

8.  What are the requirements I need to receive a high school diploma from SOAR?

  • Upon completion of all SDUSD high school course requirements, a GPA of 2.0 or above, you will receive a Mark Twain High School / SDUSD Diploma.

9.  Can students participate in activities and clubs offered at the main Mark Twain High School campus?

  • Yes. Students enrolled in SOAR Independent Study are part of the high school and are allowed to actively participate in any clubs and activities offered at the school.

10.  What special resources does SOAR Independent Study Offer?

SOAR students may take advantage of a variety of resources:

  • Media Center/Library

  • iHigh Dual Enrollment

  • Tutorial services

  • Joint High School Diploma  

11.  Is there a graduation ceremony?

  • SOAR Independent Study students attend the main Mark Twain High School graduation ceremony. Graduation ceremonies at Mark Twain High School are traditional cap and gown events. You may attend the ceremony if you earn 44 credits/Option 2 requirements, and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students who graduate before June are welcome to return and attend the formal ceremony. Students may also attend prom and any other senior activities scheduled.

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