Acalanes Center for Independent Study

1963 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, California 94595, United States


The Acalanes Center for Independent Study (ACIS) is the newest school in the Acalanes Union High School District, located in Walnut Creek (District). In 2004, Del Oro High School, the District’s continuation high school, and its independent research program were split up. With the closing of Del Oro High School in 2010-11, ACIS became the last alternative high school.

ACIS serves students from the Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Walnut Creek suburban areas who attend one of the District’s four integrated high schools: Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas, and Miramonte. 

Parents in these areas are largely employed in specialized fields, have strong aspirations for their teachers, are involved partners in their children’s education, and are generous in their financial contributions to the District. 

Based on API ratings, the Acalanes Union High School District was ranked first among California high school districts in 2010.

Both students at ACIS are enrolled in a college preparatory program. The University of California’s “a-g” standards are met by ACIS courses. 

Students have a limited number of elective courses to choose from, whether they can participate in adult education, ROP, or community college classes at the same time.

The Acalanes Center for Independent Study (ACIS) High School’s mission is to provide a guided curriculum featuring independent and small group learning for students with nontraditional educational desires and needs to excel in meeting their academic goals.

ACIS graduates will be self-directed learners who take ownership of their personal and academic objectives.

They aim to produce students who are: 


>Decision-makers that are effective


  • Makes choices based on previous knowledge.
  • Recognizes, chooses, and employs activities that help students achieve academic achievement.


>Capable of setting targets and putting plans in place to achieve them.


  • Individualized Learning participants are encouraged to enroll in and choose courses.
  • Plan that satisfies the graduation standards of the district.
  • Makes plans for postsecondary schooling and/or jobs.


>Problem-solvers who are good at what they do.


  • Uses a number of problem-solving methods
  • Cooperates with others in a cooperative manner.


>Successful communicators


  • Makes use of the most up-to-date technologies.
  • Able to read, speak, and write clearly.


>Acquire a shared core of academic expertise and skills that satisfies state content and competence requirements.


  • Complete all of the credits needed for graduation.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Method.


Walnut Creek, California is blessed with some of the area’s top high schools.  Here’s a quick list for you to check out:

  • Las Lomas High
  • Northgate High
  • Contra Costa School of Performing Arts
  • Spectrum Center School Valley Campus
  • Ygnacio Valley High School
  • Contra Costa Midrasha
  • Fusion Academy Walnut Creek
  • Futures Academy – Walnut Creek

All of these wonderful schools are located just a short distance from our location at 1777 Botelho Drive, Suite 110 in Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!




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