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Helen Hunt Jackson

Our School
At Helen Hunt Jackson, we recognize that each individual student comes to us with his or her own unique abilities and personal goals. The students at Helen Hunt Jackson are looking for an educational program that is flexible enough to meet those individual needs. Whether they are college bound, diploma bound, or seeking ways to recover credits, Helen Hunt Jackson students have a common goal—to graduate with a high school diploma that prepares them for their next step in life. Helen Hunt Jackson students are determined self-starters who want greater flexibility, a smaller campus, in an individualized program. 
The school was named after the celebrated author, Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), who was a poet, writer, and activist for the rights of Native Americans.  Her novel "Ramona" was published in 1884 to improve the treatment of local Mission Indians.   The stage production of "Ramona" has been performed here in the valley since 1923 and is the official California State Outdoor Play.
Helen Hunt Jackson was established in 1990 as an independent study program to expand the district's alternative education programs.  Independent study, authorized by California law in 1976, was specially designed for students who, for any number of reasons, were unable to attend a comprehensive high school campus program five days per week. 
Helen Hunt Jackson became an independent school in 2004 the same year the school achieved its initial WASC accreditation. 
In the fall 2014, with the demand for more learning options, Helen Hunt Jackson merged with the College Prep High School.  This collaboration expanded learning choices for our students by integrating independent study with traditional classroom instruction as well as online course work.  Students and families can now design an educational program to fit their needs. 
Family Tree
Family Tree Learning Center is a unique opportunity for families to form a partnership between teachers and parents for the education of their children. The home school program at Family Tree Learning Center provides support for parents/families who wish to instruct their children at home. It is designed families that wish to be the primary educator in their children’s lives or for students who, for a variety of reasons cannot have their educational needs met in a traditional, comprehensive setting. It is a voluntary educational option available to students from first through eight grade. The program provides a standards-based educational experience while responding to the student’s specific educational needs, interests, aptitudes and abilities.
As a recognized alternative for regular classroom instruction, the Home School Independent Study option is expected to be equal to or superior in quality to classroom instruction. The parent and student meet once a week with a certificated teacher, who assists the family to ensure that the instruction being provided complies with state standards, yet meets the individual needs of the particular student and family focus. When a student is enrolled in Family Tree Learning Center the home educator is provided with standards based textbooks, workbooks, and other curricular materials necessary for home education. A credentialed teacher provides assignments and assessments, working with the parent weekly to customize a learning experience appropriate for each student.
Project-based learning is a focus of the home school program, with opportunities to engage in community-based educational activities. Workshops on effective techniques to teach writing, mathematics, and reading are available as a support to the home educator. Weekly tutorial sessions are scheduled to provide additional support for students. On-line resources are easily accessible.
Students residing in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego counties are welcome to enroll in the Family Tree Learning Center Home School program. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are available at the school office on the Helen Hunt Jackson College Prep High School campus.