Independent Study is unique: Is it for you?

  • Do you wish to learn to be independent or are you independent already?
  • Do you tend to get things done on your own?
  • Do you have a good grasp of how to do schoolwork?
  • Are you resourceful, able to find answers to questions and to solve problems on your own?
  • Are you self disciplined?
  • Are you self motivated?
  • Can you manage your time well?
  • Do you take responsibility for yourself, what you learn, what you achieve?

If you answered "yes" to the majority of these questions, then our program may be for you!

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

9:00am - 6:00pm


9:00am - 1:00pm

Thanksgiving Break

*** School will be closed from Friday, November 21st until Monday, December 1st. Have a wonderful holiday! ***

Online Learning at Vineyard

Edgenuity/Online Learning

All 9th-12th grade students are eligible to take online courses for credit-recovery or to get ahead. We offer all of our classes for distance learning through Edgenuity. This is an exciting way for students who are behind in credits, are looking for electives or want to graduate early to augment their regular 3-course load. Students are required to attend at least one lab on campus per week when enrolled in an Edgenuity class.

Congratulations Ani Smith!

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Congratulations to Vineyard High School’s junior ANI SMITH for placing 3rd with ACROARMY on NBC’s America’s Got Talent show last week.

Ani, an acrobatic gymnast, has been a Vineyard student since 2010. Ani trains at West Coast Training Center in Livermore, California.  She competes nationally and has won many international gold medals as well as being a six time national champion.

Besides her studies and competitions, Ani volunteers in a local animal shelter. Her goal is to win this year’s World Championship and one day hopes to open an animal sanctuary.

Vineyard is very proud of Ani and her accomplishments. She and AcroArmy will be performing on September 26th and 27th in AGT’s live stage show in Las Vegas, NV.

 Watch the video.

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Welcome to Vineyard High School

Making a Difference,

One Student at a Time

Vineyard High School Students

The goal of this website is to provide families with valuable, timely information about our school. We are very proud of our students, staff and exceptional educational program. I invite you to explore our website and learn more about Vineyard Alternative School.

Sheryl Howser

Smarter Balanced Field Test

Learn more about the upcoming Smart Balanced Field Test by viewing one of these YouTube videos...

High School Students

Middle School Students

Elementary School Students

Superintendent Announces the New Smarter Balanced Tests

Click to download a copy of the Superintendent's letter...

Smarter Balanced Tests (English).pdf

Smarter Balanced Tests (Spanish).pdf

Congratulations Elizabeth Wellendorf

Elizabeth has received a Scholar Award from the College Board.

National Hispanic Recognition Program for Excellence in Academic Achievement

Click here to see her award, Elizabeth Wellendorf

Bridge Built in Honor of Vineyard Teacher

Helen Daniel, long-time employee of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and current teacher at Vineyard High School, received one of the best presents ever.

 Please read full article here.

Today: 11/24/14




~ Press Release ~

Vineyard High School, an alternative education program within the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, recently learned it has earned a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC believes that the goal of any school should be to provide for successful student learning. Ultimately, the accreditation process is all about fostering excellence in elementary, secondary, adult, postsecondary and supplementary education programs.

WASC has tightened its accreditation process so that few schools earn the prestigious six-year term. "We are tremendously proud of our program and of the work done by staff, students, and parents," Principal Sheryl Howser said.

In November 2011, Vineyard High School, hosted a visiting evaluation team from WASC comprised of administrators and teachers from throughout California. Before the three-day visit by educators, members of the Vineyard High School community participated in rigorous self-evaluation (starting in the fall of 2010) of all aspects of the school’s program.

"Under the experienced leadership of Principal Howser, we were able to conduct an incredibly comprehensive study focused on our always on-going review of our program," said Helen Daniel, mentor teacher and one of the co-chairs of the self-study. "If she had not been willing to let Lucille (Holloway), the other co-chair, and me structure the process, we would certainly not have been so successful."

"In some small schools, the principal will write the whole report without input from all the interested parties. I think Principal Howser worked hard to ensure that all voices were represented," said Holloway.

In previous years, Vineyard has earned six-year evaluations. But in recent years, the association has tightened its requirements for attaining this top honor. No other high school in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has earned such a distinction in the past few years.

Since Vineyard High School is an independent study school, many of its students need a differentiated learning environment. "To be successful at Vineyard, students must be independent learners in order to progress in a high school program. It’s a bit like a continuation of home study, but it is for high school students," says Daniel. "Most of our students continue their education at our local community college, but we have had a number of students who attend UC Berkeley, Santa Barbara, or Santa Cruz, Stanford, UT and BYU. "

Vineyard High School welcomes applications. The experienced staff is willing and able to address the individual needs of all students.