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Independent Study Athletics (ISA)

The ISA application period for the 2022-2023 school year is now closed.  Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be accepted in the spring, and are due by May 12, 2023.


 Manhattan beach unified school district

independent study athletics


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/Select/ODP sports - volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, water polo, surf etc. and individual programs with trainers, aerobics, weight training and yoga.  Please refer to the Sport List and Criteria.




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.



1st Trimester - November 9, 2022 (Logs and Evaluations)

2nd Trimester - March 1, 2023 (Logs ONLY!)

3rd Trimester - June 7, 2023 (Final Logs and Evaluations)


Please email pdfs of completed paperwork to Alissa Opfer at [email protected].  Please send any questions via email to [email protected].


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.