Rio School District 2021/2022 Independent Study

Fall 2022-23 Year

We’re growing, expanding and using new methods!  Find out more about what is coming for the school year.


Rio Virtual Independent Study Program Schedules. See the schedules here.


Learn more about the instruction your student will receive.


Find relevant resources that will help your child with the independent study program.




Faculty & Staff


Indoor Teaching Spaces


Acres of Outdoor Spaces

Independent Student Program

The purpose of the Independent Study (IS) program is to provide an optional alternative instructional program for students whose needs may be best met through study outside of the regular classroom setting (RSD Board Policy 6158). Independent Study (15 days or more) shall offer a means of individualizing the educational plan to serve students who desire an independent educational experience.  

Students will be permitted to enroll in Independent Study only if it is determined to be an appropriate alternative. Students with an IEP or 504 plan may participate in the independent study program if the IEP or 504 plan specifically provides for it.

A tiered reengagement process will be used to determine ongoing participation in the independent study program for any student who has three or more days of non-participation in a four week period (ex. 3 days of missing assignments equals 3 days of non-participation) and/or who miss more than half of the synchronous instructional offerings in a four week period. If parents/guardians are not able to help support requirements of the independent study agreement, the student will be required to return to in-person instruction at the student’s home school. Local programs such as counseling outreach, referrals, parent-teacher conferences and School Attendance Review Team (SART) meetings will be available to address chronic absenteeism.

Parent Resources

ParentSquare App

The ParentSquare app and website offers a streamlined way for you to; get alerts, contact teachers and principals,sign up for opportunities, complete forms, RSVP for events, make payments, and more.

Parent Connection

ParentConnect is the district’s web-based access to our student information system. With this web-based portal, parents can check their students’ attendance, health and discipline records, standardized testing results, classroom assignments, cafeteria information, and more.

Special Projects & Events

Rio School District provides several special projects and events that help mold the young minds. These projects cover a variety of subjects and usually include hands-on real life learning opportunities.

Creative Arts

This section of the webpages connect viewers with District arts programs and opportunities.


This section of the District web pages connects viewers to information related to 21st century learning technologies used by learners, staff, and community. Rio Robotics is a course in Robotics, which utilizes Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits.

Engaged Learning

This section of the District webpages connects viewers to examples of “active” learning. The Rio School District emphasizes hands-on and minds-on inquiry based learning that connects, engages, and develops literacies for every learner.

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