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 iLearn Academy



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/school 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 trip, 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

​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.​


364 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA
Phone: 530.886.5800
FAX: 888.831.6998

 Program Options

​100% Independent Study (5 days per week)

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.

  • Teacher meets with families regularly (1 hour/student, weekly or bi-weekly)​
  • 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

All assignments must be completed. Work completion = attendance = academic progress!

Hybrid Academy (5 days per week:  3 days in class + 2 days Independent Study)​


  • Grade Levels Offered: K-8 (one class per grade level)
  • Hybrid Class days:  Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
  • Independent Study days:  Wednesdays and Fridays. 
  • Students are expected and required to complete all work assigned to them.  Work completion = attendance = academic progress!
  • Times: 8:45am to 2:50pm (Students are permitted to arrive on campus no earlier than 8:15am).  
  • Parent requirement:  Must be available to teach/supervise their children on Wednesdays and Fridays, ensuring that they are completing all of their independent study work assigned to them by their Hybrid Academy teacher.
  • Enrichment Classes:  Option to attend one additional day of our enrichment class days; either on Wednesday or Friday (if offered)
  • Students may also participate in field trips and other school events
  • Student must attend every Hybrid Academy class day (unless prior approval id obatined by the Teacher/Principal)
  • Flexibility for independent study ​due to travel/illness (parents must notify teacher 5 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 Classes, 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).

  • Classes:  Weekly on-site enrichment classes
  • Club Live:  6th - 8th grade students meet twice a month for social and service projects
  • Field trips
  • Annual events can include:
    • Back-to-School Event
    • Variety Show (PTO sponsored event)
    • Market Day
  • Environmental Living Program (if offered that year)
  • ​Family Science Camp (if offered that year)​
  • Smarter Balanced Assessments (CAASPP - SBAC)
  • 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
  • Ongoing, meaningful communication with your teacher​


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


Weekly Bobcat Bulletins​



 How to Enroll

New student enrollment process: ​

  • Current School Year Enrollment:  We continue to accept applications for the current school year through March 1st of every calendar year.

  • 2021-2022 Open Enrollment Period:

  1. Please read our open enrollment guidelines, here: Open Enrollment Period

  2. For applications to be considered for any possible lottery drawings, they must be submitted during our open enrollment period from Tuesday, January 5, 2021 through Friday, March 12, 2021.  Please ensure that you have met with, or have scheduled an appointment with our Principal prior to submitting your online application.  Applications will be accepted any time during this period, provided that all supporting documentation is turned in to the school office prior to the close of this time period.

  3. After the open enrollment period closes, applications will continue to be accepted and continue through the March 1st of the following school year.

    • Applications received after the open enrollment period closes will not be eligible for any lottery drawings that may take place in impacted classes.

    • Complete applications, including all supporting documents, will be accepted and placed on any standing waiting lists according to the date that it is received

  • Do you have a current student who plans to return next year?  See the Intent to Return section below.​

Enrollment Steps:​

  • Call our office at (530) 886-5800 to schedule an informational meeting with our Principal who will provide an overview of the program options and discuss the unique needs of your child.  Print out your application for enrollment ahead of time before your appointment.

  • Apply online through:  Aeries AIR.  ​Please note: submitting an online application does not guarantee enrollment.  Your application will remain in 'incomplete' status until you meet with our Principal and include all of the following supporting documents.  These documents may be uploaded during the online application process:

    • Birth Certificate

    • Immunizations

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

  • If it is decided that this school is the appropriate educational choice for you and your child, your online enrollment application, including all supporting documentation (see #3) will be accepted.  Once enrollment is accepted, 1 of 2 things will happen depending on your program choice:

    • Hybrid Academy:  we will discuss a start date for your student to begin classes

    • 100% Independent Study:  a certificated teacher will be assigned and will contact you within 48 hours.

  • Eligibility requirements:

    • The student must be in Kindergarten - 8th Grade

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

    • Minimum requirements:

      • 15 hours of educational activity for Kindergarten

      • 20 hours of educational activity for 1st - 8th grade​​

Intent to Return (100% Independent Study & Hybrid Academy):

Families must complete the 'Intent to Return' process for their student(s) each year during the open enrollment period (this year: January 5, 2021 through March 12, 2021) to secure their spot in the Hybrid Academy or with their 100% Independent Study teacher. This is completed online through the Aeries Parent Portal

To view the entire guidelines and FAQ's, can found in this document: Intent to Return - Open Enrollment.pdf

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.​


  • Aeries Parent Portal

  • Canvas

  • Office 365 (student e-mail access)

  • Google (G Suite - Google Classroom, Google Docs)

  • MealTime

  • ConnectED - (Wonders, MyMath & CA Math)  (obtain username and password from the school)

  • CPM​ - CPM Math - 6th-8th (obtain username and password from your teacher)

  • Discovery Education - K-8th (obtain username and password from the school)

  • Holt McDougal - 7th/8th Collections Language Arts (obtain username and password from the school)

  • i-Ready - K-5th (obtain username and password from the school)

  • Studies Weekly - K-6th (obtain username and password from your teacher)

  • Type to Learn​ - 1st-8th (obtain username and password from the school)


​Other Resources


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 Wednesdays and Fridays, Hybrid Academy teachers will send home independent study packets, which students will be required to complete 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 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 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 Thursdays).  Independent study packets will vary according to the grade level, but parents should expect to have 3-4 hours of independent work for their student to complete on both Wednesdays and Fridays.  Wednesdays and Fridays still remain school days for the students in this option.

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), Club Live..

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 of their choosing: either Wednesdays or Fridays.  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.).​​


​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

  • ​All enrichment classes must have a minimum of eight students signed up for the class to continue. 
  • K-5th classes are capped at 20 students.
  • 6th-8th classes are capped at 24 students.

How to Sign Up

  1. Go to Sign-up Genius

  2. Create a username & password

  3. Using the search icon, search for ''​

  4. Choose the block and class to sign your child up for.​

Waiting Lists

If a class is full, please e-mail the School Secretary to be placed on a waiting list.

Enrollment priority will be determined as follows:

  1. Enrollment priority will be given to 100% Independent Study students

  2. A random drawing will be held for Hybrid Academy students.  If a student is not drawn for the first Wednesday block set of classes, then they will be able to attend the next block.

  3. If a student fails to attend 3 enrichment classes, they will be dropped from the class and their spot will be offered to the next student on the waiting list.​

 Field Trips

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

​How to Sign-Up

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

 Subject Area 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.


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


Khan Academy

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives


TreasuryDirect Kids

 Reading/Language Arts



Jaime Berry

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

(530) 886-5800



Kimberly Berryman

School Secretary

(530) 886-5800



Patricia Dessling

Teacher, 1st Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800



April Doherty

Teacher, 5th Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800



Patricia Edlund

Teacher, 3rd Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800



Celeste Elsey

Teacher, Special Education

(530) 886-5800



Cheryl Hansen

Teacher, 100% Independent Study

(530) 886-5800


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Sharon Hughes

Teacher, Kindergarten Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800



Meredith Tanaka

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

(530) 886-5800



Natalie Perillo

Teacher, 4th Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800



Nick Pisenti

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

(530) 886-5800



Stephanie Sheriff

Teacher, 2nd Grade Hybrid Academy

(530) 886-5800



Stephanie Tan

Teacher, 100% Independent Study

(530) 886-5800



Christina Walsh-Curley

Special Ed. Assistant / Office Assistant

(530) 886-5800



Molly Wolff

Teacher, Career Tech. Ed.

(530) 886-5800



Andrew Wood


(530) 886-5800




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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    Office Hours

    Our office will be open to the public   by APPOINTMENT ONLY.    No pop-in visits will be permitted.    Visitors will be required to wear a mask,  wash their hands upon entry,   and maintain a 6-foot physical distance.

    Distancing Learning Information

    ​Our Fall 2020  Distance Learning Details​ are now available.

    2021-2022 Program Information Sessions

    ​Please see our upcoming sessions ​and how to sign up!



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

    ​-Malala Yousafzai