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 iLearn Academy



 Welcome

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The iLearn Academy is an Independent Study program which serves families with children in grades TK-8 who choose to educate their children at home or in a home/classroom hybrid program. 

  • iLearn Academy maintains a core belief that independent study is a viable educational alternative.
  • iLearn teachers collaborate with parents and students to provide a rigorous, common core standards-based learning plan that addresses individual student needs and interests.  
  • The iLearn Academy program also provides students access to online learning, on-site enrichment classes, field trips, and school-wide events to promote community and connections with others.
​​​​​Andrew Wood, Principal

 About Us

​iLearn Academy

Below you will find key information about iLearn Academy's locations, hours and availability.

School Office & Hours:

​​​Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Costs
​There is no cost to enroll in our program.  The Placer County iLearn Academy is authorized by the California 
ILearn-Achievement-Chart-C.png​Administrative Code Chapter 15, and the California Education Code, Chapter 5, Article 5.5, Sections 51745, 51746, 51747, 51748 and 51749. As a public school, funding is through the State of California.

​Location
364 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA
Phone: 530.886.5800​

FAX: 888.831.6998

Information Sessions
Interested in Enrolling? Sign-up to attend one of our Information Sessions​​​.​


 Program Options

​100​​% Independent Study 

5 days school days/week - Independent Study with parent/guardian

Our 100% independent study students and parents/guardians/caregivers work with their assigned certificated supervising teacher to determine educational goals and objectives that are best suited to the student and create an individualized curriculum that will optimize each child’s educational experience.

  • Grade Levels: TK-8

  • Teacher meets with student & parent/guardian every week (1 hour/student)​

  • Parent requirements and expectations:  Teach and/or correct their child's assigned work every school day, ensuring that they are completing all of their assignments.

  • Student requirements & expectations:  All assignments must be completed and turned in to their teacher on the due date assigned.  Work complete = attendance. No more than 3 missing assignments per assignment sheet are allowed.

  • Option to participate in enrichment class days, field trips, and any school event

  • Teacher will individualize curriculum to meet each student’s interests, abilities, and learning styles

  • Integrate California Common Core Standards (CCCS) curriculum with real-life experiences

  • Assistance in choosing curriculum to enhance a child’s lesson

  • Model teaching techniques and teach special lessons

  • Create specific lessons to support vacation/travel opportunities

Hybrid Academy  

3 days on-campus (60%) + 2 days Independent Study with parent/guardian (40%)

  • Grade Levels: K-8 (one class per grade level)

  • On-campus class days:  Monday - Wednesday  (Note: while students come to campus for instruction, ALL iLearn students are still Independent Study students)

  • Independent Study days with parent/guardian(s):  Thursday - Friday

  • Class times: 8:45am to 2:50pm 

  • Parent requirements & expectations:  40% of the week: parents are considered their child's teacher on Independent Study days. They are responsible for ensuring their student(s) are completing their assigned work and, in some classes, responsible for teaching and correcting assignments that are sent home. Parents should also be checking all of their student's assignments, both hardcopy and electronic.​

  • Students requirements & expectations: Complete all work assigned. Work completion = attendance. No more than 3 missing assignments are allowed.

  • Enrichment Classes: Option to attend one additional day of enrichment

  • Students may also participate in field trips and other school events

  • Student must attend every Hybrid Academy class day (unless prior approval is obtained by the Teacher/Principal)

  • Flexibility travel/illness (parents must notify class teacher 5 official school days in advance)

Lessons will promote:​

  • Project-based learning with thematic emphasis

  • Student collaboration and engagement

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking

  • ​Writing across the grade levels

Transitional Kindergarten (TK):  2 days on-campus (40%) + 3 days Independent Study with parent/guardian (60%)

  • NOTE: This option is currently not available until we enroll at least 8 students. Please contact our office to find out the status of this program option.

  • On-campus class days: Thursdays & Fridays  (Note: while students come to campus for instruction, ALL iLearn students are still Independent Study students)

  • Independent Study days with parent/guardian(s):  Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • Class times: 8:45am to 12:00pm 

  • Parent requirements & expectations:  60% of the week: parents are considered their child's teacher on Independent Study days. They are responsible for ensuring their student(s) are completing their assigned work, as well as teaching and correcting assignments that are sent home. Parents should also be checking all of their student's assignments, both hardcopy and electronic.​

  • Students requirements & expectations: Complete all work assigned. Work completion = attendance. No more than 3 missing assignments are allowed.

  • Students may also participate in field trips and other school events

  • Student must attend every Hybrid Academy class day (unless prior approval is obtained by the Teacher/Principal)

  • Flexibility travel/illness (parents must notify class teacher 5 official school days in advance)

Lessons will promote:​

  • Project-based learning with thematic emphasis

  • Student collaboration and engagement

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking

  • ​Writing across the grade levels

​Use of California Common Core Standards (CCCS) Highly qualified teacher who provides a nurturing, positive environment for all students!

Optional Enrichment Opportunities, School Events, and Other Services Available to All Students

The optional activities we offer provide opportunities for group activities in a variety of settings for both students and parents.  All of these activities are optional and are not a required component for being enrolled in either of our program options (100% Independent Study or Hybrid Academy).

  • Enrichment Classes

  • ​Field Trips

  • Annual events can include:

    • Fun Run (PTO fundraiser)

    • Back-to-School Event (PTO sponosored event)

    • Talent Show (PTO sponsored event)

  • Trimester Recognition Awards Assemblies

  • Monthly Spirit Days

  • 7th/8th Grade Science Camp (if offered)​

  • Smarter Balanced Assessments (CAASPP)

  • Curriculum Room: textbooks, supplementary support materials available for checkout

  • Yearly school pictures and yearbook

  • Weekly Bobcat Bulletin (posted below in the Documents section)

  • Trimester report cards via Aeries Parent Portal

  • Ongoing, meaningful communication with your teacher​

 Documents & Links

Below you will find many important resources and documents to assist you in learning more about our programs. If you find any broken links, or you feel like a certain resource should be included here, please let us know.​

​School Calendar

Bulletins

Forms & Links

 Resources

 How to Enroll

New Student Enrollment Procedures:​
  • Birth Certificate

  • Immunizations

  • Proof of Residency (e.g. current utility bill, rental agreement or purchase agreement, water bill, etc.)​

  • Once your application has been submitted (including ALL supporting documents), you will be emailed an either a waitlist letter or offer of enrollment. Yiu will be contacted via email if your application is incomplete.
  • ​You will be required to respond by the deadline date in the letter.
  • ​A start date will be communicated with you via email.
  • Eligibility requirements:
  • The student must be in TK-8

  • The student must reside in Placer County or an adjacent county

  • Minimum hours per week of required educational activity:

    • TK-Kindergarten - 15 hours/week

    • Grade 1-8: 20 hours/week

Enrollment Periods & Deadlines: ​

  • Current School Year  

    • The last Information Session​ for the current school year is held during the 2nd week of February.  

    • Applicants must attend an Information Session and submit a complete online application in order to be enrolled by March 1.  

    • Applications submitted after the 2nd week of February will not be accepted.

  • 2023-2024 Enrollment Period

  1. Please read our Open Enrollment Period guidelines.

  2. Open Enrollment Period:  To be considered for any possible lottery drawings, complete applications must be submitted during our open enrollment period between Tuesday, January 3, 2023 through Friday, March 10, 2023.  You must sign-up to attend an Information Session​ and submit an online application before it will be accepted.

  3. After Open Enrollment Closes: We continue to accept applications through the 2nd week of February of the following school year.

    • Complete applications (including all supporting documents) received after the open enrollment period will be accepted and either offered a spot in a class/teacher or placed on any standing waiting list according to the date the application is received.


Re-enrollment (Both Program Options):

Each year, parents/guardians must complete the re-enrollment​ process through the Aeries Parent Portal​ during the open enrollment period (this year: January 3, 2023 through March 10, 2023) to secure their student's for the subsequent school year.

For complete instructions on how to re-enroll online, see our Re-enrol​lment instructions

If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the school office at (530) 886-5800.​​​

 Parent Resources

These resources are here to inform, educate and assist you with your questions about ILearn Academy. Once you learn more about what help is available, you may want to reach out to one of our staff members for further assistance.​

Links

Hybrid Academy Resources

Documents

​Other Resources


 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions​​​

Are parents qualified to teach their children?

You do not need to know everything in order to teach. Our parents are considered to be co-teachers in both programs.

100% Independent Study: We provide you with a certificated teacher who meets with you onsite on a weekly basis to develop your lessons plans and assignments. Your teacher is there for your support. You are also provided with teacher’s editions so that you can learn how to present a lesson and also correct your child’s work. Your example and enthusiasm in learning with your children will motivate and encourage them far more than striving to appear as if you knew it all.

Hybrid Academy: On Mondays, Hybrid Academy teachers will send home independent study packets, which students will be required to complete on Thursdays and Fridays in their entirety. These are assignments that they must complete on their 2 days of independent study. Parents should be working with their child(ren) on those independent study days, either correcting their work if the Hybrid teacher is asking them to do so, and/or reviewing all of the students' assignments for the 2 independent study days each week. Packets will have due dates set by individual class teachers. All work in the packet is to be returned (unless otherwise noted), reviewed and/or corrected by the parent.

How can I teach several children at once?

Certain subjects that are not dependent on prerequisite knowledge or skills can be taught to several grade levels of children together.  Lessons can be presented in an amplified manner with explanations that enable all children to understand.  Older students can do much of their work independently.

How much time does it take?

Our program requires a time commitment of 20 hours per week of instruction for grades 1-8 (15 hours for kindergarten).

100% Independent Study: A time commitment of 20 hours per week on the part of the parent for Grades 1-8 (15 hours for TK/Kindergarten).  Planning time will vary according to the methods used, the ages of the children, and how many children in the family are being taught.

Hybrid Academy: Students will be required to attend every Academy class day (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays). Independent study packets will vary according to the grade level, but parents should expect to have 3-4 hours of independent study work for their student to complete on both Thursdays and Fridays. Thursdays and Fridays still remain school days for the students in this option, so any schoolwork assigned to them must be completed and turned in by their due date (assignments are not optional).

What about socialization?

This is quite possibly the most misunderstood aspect of homeschooling.  Our program offers many opportunities for interaction with other children.

100% Independent Study: We have weekly classes and various activities such as Back-to-School night, Variety Show (PTO Sponsored), and Fun Run.

Hybrid Academy: Students are on campus 3 days per week, participating in grade level classes. Hybrid students can also participate in 1 additional enrichment class day. We also hold spirit days for students, as well as PTO sponsored events.

What curriculum is offered and what does it cost?

We offer a variety of curriculum in all subject areas at no cost. Parents also have access to supplemental materials, resources and supplies that our program normally has available.

Why do families choose independent study?

There are many reasons why families choose the independent study option. The following are reasons why some families have chosen our program: Not happy with their current school; Middle school has too many influences, peer pressure; Religious reasons; Child may not fit in with the regular classroom, does better one-on-one; Child is falling behind in school; Family travels often; Child is involved with competitive sports which involves traveling (gymnastics, ice skating, skiing, hockey, tennis, etc.).​​


 Testimonials

​Quotes from Home School Alumni​

​"My favorite thing about iLearn is that it isn't like any other school.  In all of of my years of school, I believe that iLearn Academy had/has the best form of schooling and overall environment for me.  All of the people here are accepting and encouraging.  The teachers teach in a way that is exciting and fun.  I love absolutely everything about iLearn Academy."

"iLearn has been a wonderful experience for me.  Everyone around me is so caring and friendly.  I hope other kids get the same joy out of iLearn I have.  I am going to miss everyone around the school."

"Home schooling has taught me how to be independent. Home schooling has helped me concentrate and do better on my work. I’m able to stay focused through the week and not get stressed over my work. To me, home school means independent studies and it has made me independent and that’s what I needed. It means a lot to me that I was able to do work by myself."

"Home schooling has been an awesome experience. Not only did I meet with my teacher once a week, but also, I got to keep the same teacher through my three years at PCOE Home School. For me, working with my parent or teacher in a one on one situation allowed me to get a better understanding of some of my subjects. I enjoyed being able to choose the subjects and the order I wanted to work on them. I am excited about going to high school but sad that PCOE Home School is ending."

"I like PCOE because of the personal contact between teacher and student. Unlike public school, Home Studies has been a great experience. It helped me understand the subject matter better, because of the personal contact and hands-on help. I will miss PCOE a lot and realize I have much more to learn, but PCOE has given me a great foundation for what awaits me in High School."

"By far my favorite thing about the homeschooling experience is that everyone here is so kind and doesn’t judge you or who you are or what you do. Rather they support you from the side lines as you follow your dreams...well that’s how I felt."​​


 Enrichment Offerings

 Enrichment Classes

Class Schedules & Descriptions

How to Sign Up

  1. Block start and end dates will be provided to iLearn parents through an email prior to a block beginning.

  2. Links to sign-up for enrichment classes will be emailed to all iLearn parents 4 weeks prior to a block start date.

  3. Enrollment in classes will be on a first-come first-served basis.  No priority will be given any student regardless of which program option they are participating in​.

Waiting Lists & Class Attendance Policy

If a class is full, students will be placed on a waiting list.

Class Attendance Policy:

  1. For K-5 students: Students who are missing schoolwork on Monday will not be permitted to attend that week's enrichment class.

  2. For ​6-8 students: If a student has not turned in any work or is missing assignments and has not turned it in by Thursday, they will not be permitted to attend enrichment the following Thursday.  They will still be permitted to attend Monday/Wednesday afterschool enrichment. ​NOTE: Students who have persistent issues with missing assignments will NOT be permitted to participate in enrichment offerings.

  3. If a student fails to attend 1 week of classes for any reason, they will not be permitted to attend the next enrichment block.​


 Field Trips

​Below you will find the information needed to participate in our Field Trips.

​​Current Field Trip Offering

​Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC)

Let's dive into science at Sacramento's newest educational center SMUD Museum of Science and Curiostiy (MOSAC). Explore interactive exhibits that address global and local issues on topics relating to energy, health, water, nature, space, and engineering and design. We will also take a guided journey through the solar system in MOCAS's Multiverse Theater dome. Participants will be transported through space and time as they discover the wonders of our cosmos

DATE: Thursday, March 2, 2023

TIME:  11:00am - 1:00pm (you are welcome to extend your visit untild closing time)

WHERE: Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC), 400 Jibboom Street, Sacramento CA  95811

COST:  $12.00/person (cash or check only; made payable to 'PCOE')

SIGN-UP BY: Thursday, February 23, 2023 

​Guidelines and Procedures

How to Sign-Up

  • Sign up & pay for all fields trips in the iLearn Academy school office. 

​​​Donations/Payments

  • Cash or check (made payable to 'PCOE'). We're sorry, we cannot accept credit/debit card payment.

​​Waiting Lists

  • Some field trips may have participation caps and a waiting list must be created.

  • Students/families will be placed on the waiting list based on the date and time of the request.

  • Students/families will be offered a spot from the waiting list via email, up to but to exceed, three (3) days prior to the date of the field trip.

  • Families who are offered a spot must turn in all of the required documentation and meet the parent clearance requirements in order to attend.

  • Families will not be contacted from the waiting list unless they are being offered a spot.​​

Parent Participation

  • All parents attending or​ driving to a field trip must be fingerprinted through our HR office at least one (1) week prior to the field trip.

  • Please follow these guidelines​ to be cleared

Transportation and Supervision

  • ​​​​Families are responsible for transportation to and from the field trip destination.  

  • Parents are required to fill out transportation documentation in the school office prior to the field trip.

  • Families are also responsible for the supervision of their children and will follow all the guidelines required by the field trip facilitators.​​



 Subject Area Resources

 Overview

​These resources are here to inform, educate and assist you with your questions about ILearn Academy. Once you learn more about what help is available, you may want to reach out to one of our staff members for further assistance.

 Math

Math Resources

Textbook Resources​

ConnectED - (MyMath & CA Math)  (obtain username & password from the school)

CPM (Obtain sign-in information from your teacher)

Other Resources


Discovery Education

i-Ready

Khan Academy

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

TeachEngineering

TreasuryDirect Kids

 Reading/Language Arts

​Reading / English / Language Arts Resources

Textbook Resources​


ConnectED - (K-6 Wonders)  (obtain username & password from the school)​

Holt McDougal ​- Collections 7th/8th Language Arts


 

Other Resources​


American Library Association

​Discovery Education

​International Children’s Digital Library 

International Reading Association

New York Public Library On-Lion for Kids​

Reading Is Fundamental

Reading Rockets​

ReadWriteThink

Starfall

StoryBee

Storyline

 Contacts

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Chris Berry

Educational Specialist (Spec. Ed. Teacher)

(530) 886-5800

Email​

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Jaime Berry

Teacher, 6-8th Grade Science Hybrid Academy/8th Grade Homeroom

(530) 886-5800

Email​

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Kimberly Berryman

School Secretary

(530) 886-5800

Em​ail​

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Monica Brown

Special Ed. Teacher Assistant / Office Assistant

(530) 886-5800

Em​ail​

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Patricia Dessling

Teacher, 1st Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800

Email

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April Doherty

Teacher, 5th Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Patricia Edlund

Teacher, 3rd Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Cheryl Hansen

Teacher, TK Hybrid & 100% Independent Study

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Sharon Hughes

Teacher, Kindergarten Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Amy Oddo

Teacher, 100% Independent Study

(530) 886-5800

Email


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Natalie Perillo

Teacher, 4th Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Nick Pisenti

Teacher, 6-8th Grade Math Hybrid Academy/6th Grade Homeroom

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Jessica Reynolds

Special Ed. Teacher Assistant / Office Assistant

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Brittany Stewart

Special Ed. Teacher Assistant / Office Assistant

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Stephanie Tan

Teacher, 2nd Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Meredith Tanaka

Teacher, 6-8th Grade Language Arts Hybrid Academy/7th Grade Homeroom

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Christina Walsh-Curley

Special Ed. Teacher Assistant / Office Assistant

(530) 886-5800

Em​ail​

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Molly Wolff

Teacher, Career Tech. Ed.

(530) 886-5800

Email

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Andrew Wood

Principal

(530) 886-5800

Email​
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 FAQ's

 

Are parents qualified to teach their children??

You do not need to know everything in order to teach.   Our parents are considered to be co-teachers in both programs.

How much time does it take?

Our program requires a time commitment of 20 hours per week of instruction for grades 1-8 (15 hours for Kindergarten).

What curriculum is offered and what does it cost?

We offer a variety of curriculum in all subject areas at no cost.  Parents also have access to supplemental materials, resources and supplies that our program normally has available.​​

What about socialization?

This is quite possibly the most misunderstood aspect of homeschooling.  Our program offers many opportunities for interaction with other children.​

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     Event Spotlight

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    Information Sessions

    Interested in enrolling?  Sign-up  to attend  one   of our    Infor​mation  Sessions​​​.

    ​2023-2024 Open Enrollment

    Open enrollment for new    students   closes on March 10.   We will continue to accept applications after this day, but they will not be included in any potential lottery drawings for impacted classes.​

    ​TK Hybrid Option

    Pending enough enrollment, we     will   offer   a   TK Hybrid Option.​

     Quotations

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    "One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world"​

    ​-Malala Yousafzai