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Monday, January 26

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Sea Squirt Class Day (5 to 8 yrs) 9:30 am to 1:30 pm


Tuesday - January 27

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm


Sea Urchin Class Day (8 to 11 yrs)  9:15 am to 1:30 pm

Showcase - 1 to 1:30 pm

Garden Club w/ Priscilla 1:35 to 2:30 pm


Wednesday - January 28

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm


Groupers Class Day (11 to 14 yrs)  9:15 am to 1:30 pm

Showcase - 1 to 1:30 pm

Math Games w/ Deb 1:35 to 2:30 pm


Thursday - January 29

Office Closed 8 am to 11/Open  11 am to 4 pm

Dead Men's Play Rehearsal  11:30 to 1 @ Ocean

Sneetches & Matilda Play Rehearsal

   1 to 3 pm (all Sea Squirts, Urchins & Groupers who are not in Dead Men's Play)


Friday - January 30

Office  Open 8 am to 4 pm

Roller Skating Party  1 to 3 pm


Upcoming Events   

Parent Support Group Feb 5




Our Address:

984-6 Bostwick Lane

Santa Cruz, CA  95062

(831) 475-0767

(We are located on the Green Acres Campus in Live Oak)

Here is a link to a map of our school

Escrip for Schools

Escrip is an easy way to raise money for our school.  All you have to do is go to escrip.com and assign your Safeway or Vons purchases to Ocean Alternative Education Center. You also need to renew your membership each year.  If you have family members out of the area, there are many other merchants that partner with escrip.  That's all it takes!

Parent Mentors

We have some of our wonderful & experienced homeschooling parents who are happy to share experiences, brainstorm ideas, and mentor. Need support?  Call or email one today.


Heddi Craft - heddicr@gmail.com

Carol Bowles - santacruzjujube@yahoo.com

Carolyn Angell - cangell@att.net

Rebecca Paten - rebeccapaten@gmail.com

Elana Sifry - esifry@losd.ca

Alberta James - alberta@krebscycleproducts.com

Drop off/Pick Up Policy

Drop Off/Pick up Policy: Just as a reminder, for safety reasons, student drop off/pick up is in the Green Acres parking area (go straight instead of turning into District Office/Tierra Pacifica/ Preschool lot). If you need to see that your student is getting to class or need to come on campus, please park in parking spaces available in either lot. (District Office or Green Acres) 

Also, we ask that you honor the drop off and pick up times for each day or make arrangements with a staff member if you have special circumstances.  The staff uses the time before and after these designated times to set up or clean up for the day as well as tend to other business.  If you arrive to school early, please plan to stay with your child.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday  9:30 to 1:30 (We ask that all parents walk the child in)

Tuesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Garden Club)

Wednesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Math class)

Thursday  12:45 (Class starts at 1:00) to 3:00 

We also encourage families to use the site as a hub or hang out after school hours and only ask that you supervise your children.

Ocean Theater 2014-15

Ocean THEATER, 2014-2015

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For the FULL THEATER PLAN, please keep reading!

Ocean Alternative 2014/2015 Theatre Plan

Three Options

We are working with Terri once again to assemble a ...more

Roller Skating Party!

Roller Skating Party

Friday, Jan. 30th, 1:00-3:00

Join Ocean students and their families for a fun Roller Skating Party at the Santa Cruz Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright Ave.  Fun for the whole family!  Cost: $6.50 per skater, $9.50 for inline skates.  Please sign up here or at Ocean.  See you there! 

School Site Council


2014/15 Members

Heddi Craft - Chair

Melody Panttaja - Vice Chair

Rebecca Paten - Co-Secretary

Elana Sifry - Co-Secretary

Julie Bluspiro - Voting Member

Krishna Fisher - Alternate


 The next site council meeting is Tuesday, January 6 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  During our meetings, we discuss and share ideas about school business and events.  This is a great way to learn about and help create future plans and goals to keep Ocean a thriving community. We hope you will consider to join us!

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar


Friday, January 23

Friday, February 6

Friday, March 20

January Newsletter Available

Welcome to Ocean Alternative

We hope this website gives you an idea of how our program works and the activities we offer to homeschooling families. If you are interested in  registering your child or visiting our school, please complete the New Student Information Survey.  

What Is Ocean Alternative?

Student User Name & Password

If your student is a 3rd grader moving up to Tuesday class or a new 3rd through 8th grader, please complete this survey.  We use Google Accounts quite often in our Tuesday and Wednesday classes, and each student needs to come up with a user name and 8 digit password.  

Common Core Information

Below you will find a list of links to the CaliforniaTac website for Smarter Balanced Testing.


 manuals and videos
There are times when the practice sites are down for maintenance.  If you are not able to log in the site will be unavailable for a short time.
CAASPP-California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
TIDE- California Test Information Distribution Engine (student demographic and staff information)
SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
Finnegan, Sue
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
Sifry, Elana
Wood, Joy