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21st CLI At a Glance



The 21st Century Learning Institute (CLI) was opened on August 13, 2014 with the intent to serve the community at large meeting the needs of students and families that prefer or need an alternative setting for high school, middle school and elementary school while teaching California State Standards and maintaining  high expectations for college and career readiness in the 21st century.  The 21st CLI is located on the alternative education campus.


The purpose of 21st CLI is to provide additional learning opportunities for families in BUSD and its surrounding areas; it was developed to meet the needs of the 21st Century Learners and the growing community that it serves. This school replaces a traditional independent study program and has increased the rigor of instruction delivered through a distance-learning program for students who need a more flexible learning environment. The school currently serves approximately 450 students in grades k-12.

Independent Studies Master Agreement

A Master Agreement is signed that stipulates Independent Study Expectations at the first parent/student/teacher meeting. Contracts that are violated are subject to students receiving strikes. After three strike letters and a meeting with the principal occurs, students are subject to be returned back to their comprehensive school site. Strikes can occur due to missed meetings and lack of attendance/work completed.


All students are scheduled to take an intake diagnostic exam in ELA and Math upon transferring into 21st CLI.

21st CLI utilizes the following curriculum:

  • Grades K-5: Genius
  • Grades 6-8: Edgenuity (My Path - intervention supplemental support 6-8)
  • Grades 9-12: Edgenuity (My Path - intervention supplemental support 9-12)

Acellus and Edgenuity

Our Genius and Edgenuity online curriculum is monitored by the teachers under an independent study model where students and parents meet weekly/bi-weekly with the teacher to review progress in courses. The courses in Edgenuity have been approved through the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) A-G program and can offer a strong college preparation to students. Students, parents, and teachers are able to access the information and curriculum in Genius and Edgenuity which allows parents 24 hour, 7 days a week access to their students current grades and time logged in.  It is the goal of BUSD to provide students with opportunities that include access to curriculum through technology. Students are provided with the electronic devices necessary for accessing the program.