Many patients at City of Hope take advantage of our help in arranging home instruction before returning to school. K-12th grade students who aren't able to attend school can receive alternative education in their homes through their local school districts, and City of Hope’s School Program can help parents and young patients to coordinate those arrangements.  If necessary, we can also help families advocate for special accommodations.
What is home instruction?
Home instruction is for children, teens, and young adults eligible for K-12 education who are unable to attend school. Different school districts offer different forms of alternative education, many including home instruction. Often times, school districts provide one-on-one tutoring in the home or independent study options for students unable to attend school.
Who provides home instruction?
Your local school district is responsible to provide alternative education by California Certified Teachers for K-12th grade students unable to attend school. City of Hope's School Program Coordinator can help get you in contact with the right personnel in your local district to begin home instruction.
How do I start home instruction?
Contact our School Program Coordinator to start the process. Each school district is different, but most students will need to enroll in their local district and also have a medical letter written by their City of Hope doctor describing the medical need for home instruction. Our School Program Coordinator is glad to arrange for these letters and send the paper work to your local school district. Give us a call and we'll help you get started.
When should we start home instruction?
Treatment and healing are different for each patient. Our School Program Coordinator will consult with your City of Hope medical team to help you to determine the best timing for you and your family. We have found most patients do best when they start home instruction sooner rather than later because it provides patients with motivation and creates opportunities for accomplishment, normalcy, and increased self esteem. Home instruction is also a critical component to successfully returning to school when ready.
We strongly recommend families to consider home instruction for the period between a student patient's discharge and their return to school.

Home instruction is a valuable tool for giving K-12th graders...
  • Hope
  • Increased normalcy
  • Continued intellectual & academic growth
  • Smoother transitions back into school after treatment
For more information please contact, Alejandra Muro, MSW, LCSW,  School Program Coordinator, at 626-218-2015, or send an email [email protected].