About Decoto School for Independent Study

Mission Statement:

Decoto School for Independent Study provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where students become independent learners and experience personalized education culminating in high school graduation, post-secondary success, and responsible citizenship.

Located on the school campus of Barnard White Middle School, Decoto School for Independent Study was established in 2012 as part of the New Haven Unified School District.

This school offers the following programs:

  • Homeschooling for Grades K-5
  • Independent Study for Grades 6-12
  • Personalized Learning Academy (Virtual School) for Grades K-12

Current NHUSD K-12 Students: If you would like more information or want to apply to PLA, please call our office: (510) 476-2696.

Our PLA Program is also available to K-12 students residing outside of NHUSD. If you would like more information or want to apply, please contact our Centralized Enrollment Center: (510) 476-2625.

equitable and sustainable

diverse community

world-class teachers

School-wide Learner Outcomes: R I S E

Students will demonstrate:


Personal and social responsibility and an appreciation of individual and cultural diversity.


Self-direction resulting in lifelong learning and preparation for success in college and career readiness.


Academic skills reflected in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards including the use of technology skills that enhance productivity, creativity and work output.


Excellence in 21st century academic knowledge, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and cultural competence.

School Highlights



Decoto School for Independent Study
725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA 94587

Phone: (510) 476-2696

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