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Banning Independent Study School's Student Learner Outcomes


Banning Independent Study School Students are expected to:


Remain on track to graduate earning 25 or more credits each semester.


Increase their college and career skill sets.


Be confident in their ability to:


Read, write and listen productively;
Analyze, communicate and collaborate successfully;
Use creativity and innovation to solve real world problems.
Banning Independent Study School students are expected to foster positive attributes such as:
 Productive achievement  



Our Academics

The main focus of Banning Independent Study School is to meet the individual needs of each student. We provide structure, yet flexibility to ensure that each student, no matter what their situation, can satisfy both graduation and/or a-g college requirements. All students at BISS must be motivated and ready to work independently with the help of their teacher and also the subject specific teachers, through various tutoring blocks offered weekly. The ultimate goal is creating success for each student, and guiding each toward college and/or career.


Our Accreditation

BISS has a 6 year Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation and offers UC approved course work for students who are interested in attending a 4- year university.



Additionally, the teachers at BISS align the core coursework with Banning High School as much as possible. This makes it possible for students coming from BHS and those who wish to transfer back to experience an easy transition.


Electives and APEX

BISS offers a variety of electives from general art, PE, photography and Health to a wide variety of choices on Edmentum. Also, students have the option of taking a variety of courses online on the APEX program: Spanish and French, Art and Music Appreciation. Online Edmentum is a new avenue to acquire A-G credit and CTE courses as well as electives.

Our mission at Banning Independent Study is learning. Our objective is to prepare competent, courteous, contributing members of society. Our success will result from our commitment to literacy, high expectations, and accountability in an environment driven by customer service.
The vision of Banning Independent Study educational community is for students to:
Value the effort of earning a high school diploma.
Instill a sense of personal responsibility for their actions and achievements.
Sow an appreciation of diversity and cultures in our global society.
Increase the values that foster positive self worth and confidence.
Optimize a healthy perspective and influence on their family and their community.
Navigate the transition to successful college and career readiness.

We Care for All Our Students

Young adults do not change because of programs, they change because of people. New Horizons staff influences all of our students to achieve their best. We at BISS care for all of our students. We help our students attain the standards necessary to graduate and become productive citizens in the 21st century. We help students connect with others, be successful, solve problems, and to succeed academically.
"The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." Tom Bodett