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Principal's Message

Principal's Welcome Message

     Melissa Lee

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year at Banning Independent Study School!


At BISS, we partner with students to help them be successful in an independent study environment. Independent study is not for everyone, but many students find they thrive with additional independence. Our passion is to provide these students access to a rigorous, meaningful curriculum and support to find their individual paths to success.  


Students at BISS can participate in sports teams at their home site. Additionally, Coombs Alternative Ed offers a traveling sports program where high school students that commit to participating actively will receive 2.5 credits in P.E. or Electives in each of the four (4) sports offered. At Coombs, our students have the opportunity to participate in home and away games with other alternative schools in the Serrano League. Furthermore, students at BISS have the opportunity to participate in eSports. These programs help engage our students in school, promote leadership skills, and foster the development of teamwork. 


Every Wednesday is an early release day. This provides our teachers with valuable collaboration and professional development time, including monitoring student progress in each assigned class. Attendance in independent study is earned by completing assignments. Independent study is a privilege, not a right. By law, students who do not regularly complete assignments or who fail to attend scheduled appointments may not remain in independent study and are sent back to a traditional school setting. Please feel free to contact the office or your student’s teacher with any questions.  


We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus for a successful new school year. 



Dr. Melissa Lee


Coombs Alternative Education