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The Clair Burgener Middle School AARC Independent Study is one of the programs offered in the Oceanside Unified School District.  The center is an independent study-based program that gives students an alternative instructional strategy that is meant to respond to the student’s specific educational needs, interests, aptitudes, and abilities.

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Students, parents or counselors may request admission to the AARC Independent study educational setting. The intake process involves the student’s counselor, teacher, parent and the student.

Enrollment is available throughout the school year to establish the AARC Independent Study contract that best meets the student's educational needs

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Oceanside CA— In an effort to stem the flow of students to charter schools and provide them with more flexible ways to get an education, the Oceanside Unified School District has come up with a unique new program to meet the needs of students. Simply titled ‘Non-Traditional Education’, the program offers a blending of traditional schooling and independent study with teachers and online academic courses.


“We wanted to offer an alternative to the charter school experience, what ever that may be,” explained Dr. Jessica Poumele, Principal at the Clair Burgener Learning Center, 707 Carey Road, the main campus for the program. “We decided to meet the students and families where they are. Meaning, students can come in every day for two, three or four hours a day or they can come in once a week or even Skype us. As long as we are getting their work and they are progressing through their classes, then we’re good.” continued Dr. Poumele, “We have all kinds of support to offer. Whatever the student and the family needs.”


Read the full article from the Oceanside News.

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Jessica Poumele Ed.D



760-757-1636 FAX

Clair Burgener AARC Program

707 Carey Road

Oceanside, Ca 92054


Jessica Poumele  Principal

Diane King  Supervising Teacher

Valeria Robinson  Administrative Secretary

Cindy Wallace  Guidance Technician

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