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Independent Study Athletics (ISA)

DATE:              Fall, 2020


TO:                  Parents and Student Athletes


FROM:              Dr. Katherine Whitaker-Stopp, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

                        Dr. Ben Dale, Principal - MCHS

Stephanie Hall, Vice Principal, Athletics - MCHS

                        Denise Anderson, ISA Coordinator – MCHS & MBMS


The program known as Independent Study Athletics (ISA) will require that the student be an ELITE athlete competing successfully at the national or state level in his/her sport.  If the student is in seventh/ninth grade, he/she will also be required to pass the state mandated FITNESSGRAM physical fitness test to remain eligible for the program.  This requires that the student to meet with a MBUSD credentialed P.E. teacher during the school year to facilitate the testing; the student may need to forgo his/her ISA activity on the days assigned for the fitness testing.  The INDEPENDENT STUDY ATHLETICS application must be renewed each year


Activities that will not qualify for Independent Study Athletics include (but are not limited to):

Club sports (volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, water polo etc.), recreational leagues (AYSO, etc.), individual programs with trainers, aerobics, weight training and yoga.





EVALUATION by Coach/Instructor: Written evaluations corresponding to the athlete’s list of goals and activities should be submitted by the coach to Denise Anderson by the deadlines indicated below.  Parents will NOT be approved as a supervising instruction/coach for his or her child.


ACTIVITY LOG: The student’s weekly practice and competition schedule should be recorded on a DAILY basis.  The log should reflect the date of the activity, the hours spent engaged in the activity, and the nature of the activity.  To meet the requirements for credit, high school students must complete a minimum of 15 hours of appropriate activity per week.  The requirement for middle school students is a minimum of 10 hours of appropriate activity per week.  The activity log must be submitted by the deadlines indicated below.


Mira Costa High School Deadlines

Items to Submit

1st Quarter

October 14, 2020

Activity Log ONLY

1st Semester

December 15,2020

Activity Log AND Coach Evaluation

3rd Quarter

March 10, 2021

Activity Log ONLY

2nd Semester

May 26,2021

Activity Log AND Coach Evaluation


PLEASE NOTE: Any weekend games and /or competitions: A maximum of 2 hours per day may be logged for the student's week of activity.


***Remember to keep copies of ALL ISA documents for your files***



Please submit all documents to: Denise Anderson at: danderson@mbusd.org