Independent Study PE (ISPE)



(GRADES 6-12)

TO:  Parents/ Guardians                                                

DATE:   2024-2025  School Year

RE: Independent Study – Physical Education (ISPE)  

FROM:  Melissa Davis, M.Ed., Director, Education Services 


Attached are documents regarding Independent Study – Physical Education (ISPE).  Please note that ISPE is not an exemption from physical education; Education Code 51241 specifies the reasons for granting exemptions from physical education.  These guidelines do not address those exemptions.

According to Board Policy 6158, the Board recognizes independent study as an acceptable method to accommodate individual needs and interests for completing the prescribed course of study.  The California Department of Education’s Independent Study Operations Manual states, “Independent study is an alternative to classroom instruction consistent with the school district course of study and is not an alternative curriculum.  It provides individual students with a choice of ways to acquire the values, skills and knowledge all student should gain as verified in a written agreement.”

The principal or principal’s designee will be responsible for processing the ISPE applications at the school site.  Final approval will be made by the Independent Study Review Team under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services or his/her designee.  Completed applications shall be kept at the school site and at the District Office.

For more information on California’s Physical Education standards, see the California Department of Education’s website at


To be considered for ISPE for the 2024 - 2025 school year an application

must be received by July 12, 2024. 

Any application received after this date will NOT be considered for IPSE as outlined in LAUSD Administrative Regulation 6158.


Steps for application completion:

  1. Pick-up and complete an annual application (Applications can be picked up at all secondary schools or downloaded from this web page) 
  2. Drop off completed application with supporting documents attached to the District Office and await ISPE review, within 30 days of submittal.
  • For immediate review of application attend an ISPE Open Review Opportunity at the LAUSD Administration Offices, 10293 Bloomfield Street, Los Alamitos. A review takes 10-15 minutes, and no appointment is needed during the Open Review timeframe below.

    May 21, 2024 (2:30PM – 3:30PM) @ District Office Training Room

CLICK HERE to download the ISPE Application Packet 

CLICK HERE for Grade 6 PE Standards

CLICK HERE for Grade 7 PE Standards

CLICK HERE for Grade 8 PE Standards

*For more information on IPSE Open Review Workshops please contact Melissa Davis, Director of Education Services,, (562) 799-4700, ext. 80463.

ISPE is supervised by Ondrea Reed, Deputy Superintendent of Education Services,, (562) 799-4700, ext 80414.