Welcome to the Gold Rush Independent Study Web Page

The Independent Study program is available for students in grades K-12. Many students prefer Independent Study so they can learn at their own pace and take advantage of the many opportunities to enrich their curriculum, such as Independent Study Technology class and tutoring options. Students on Independent Study are assigned a credentialed teacher who will work with the student and parents to create a Personalized Learning Plan which will serve as a road map over the year. This Personalized Learning Plan will establish performance goals, track student progress and identify special assistance or services needed by the student. Curriculum is further enhanced through the options of our various vendors (please call for more information). Students on Independent Study in High School can begin their college education by taking classes at the local college and earning credits toward their High School diploma and their college transcripts at the same time!

Student Speakers Contest

The 81st Annual Student Speakers Contest Sponsored by the Sonora Lions Club will be on February 14, 2018. Participating students are to write their own speech on the topic, "Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today's Society?" Speech length must be a minimum of 5 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes. Speeches are to be presented at noon to the Lions Club members at the Pine Tree Restaurant, located at 19601 Hess Ave. in East Sonora. Over $103,500.00 will be paid out in scholarships to the winning students.


FYI: Break down of scholarships:

15 District winners receive a scholarship of $4,500 each

4 Area winners receive a total scholarship of $11,000 each

1 Final winner receives a total scholarship of $21,000

Additional cash awards to Region, Zone and Club winners


Scholarship Information

2018 Honorsgradu Scholarship - Click here for information
Elks Most Valuable Student Contest - http://www.elks.org/scholars/news.cfm?StoryID=103083
Sonora Area Foundation Lucile Arnold Fund - http://www.sonora-area.org/arnold.html

Scholarship Websites