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Ocean Alternative Education Center is the homeschool program for the Live Oak School District. We provide educational support that meets the needs of families and their children who desire a home-community based, family-centered learning experience.

What's Happening at Ocean?



Tuesdays: Minecraft Club

Wednesdays: Leadership/Yearbook Club & Film Festival Club

April 26 - Art Night

April 30  to May 4 - CAASPP Testing Week (No Classes)

May 10 - Open House

May 17 - Carnival

May 24 - Beach Day

May 31 to June 3 - Spring Camping Trip

These are subject to change. Please, refer to the calendar for up-to-date information.


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

Staff Email

Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
Wood, Joy

For a larger version of our school calendar, click this link.

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Schedules for Last Week of Classes - May 21 - 23

Monday - Sea Squirts

9:30 to 10:05 Extended play

10:05 to 10:15 Snack

10:15 to 10:35  Outside play

10:40 to 11:20 Focus Group Share Back/Extended circle time 

11:20 to 12:10 - Messy Camp for everyone!  

12:10 Lunch/Story

12:35- 1:30  Share & Outside


Tuesday - Sea Urchins

9:15 - 9:30 Arrival

9:30 - 9:45 Focus Group check in

9:45 - 10:45 Author’s Chair & Celebration - Parents Welcome

10:50 - 11:10 Play

11:10 - 11:20 Snack

11:20 - 12:05 Showcase/Teambuilding

12:05 - 12:25 Lunch

12:25 - 1:05  Outside/Inside Games

1:10 - 1:30  Closing Circle: Announcements & Goodbyes: 


Wednesday - Groupers

9:15 - 9:30 Arrival

9:35  - 10:05 Showcase/Teambuilding

10:05 - 10:15 Snack

10:15 - 10:35 Play

10:40 - 10:55 Focus Group check in  

11:00 - 12:10 Author’s Chair & Celebration - Parents Welcome

12:10 - 12:25 Lunch

12:25 - 12:40 Closing Circle: Announcements & Goodbyes

12:40 - 1:05  Play

1:10 - 1:30 Teambuilding Game

Parent Survey for ALL Ocean Families

OAEC Parent Survey 2017/18

We hope you will take time to complete the attached survey at your earliest convenience.The whole survey should take about 10 - 15 minutes, possibly longer if you have more than one Ocean student. Unfortunately, there is not a way to save and return at a later time. If you have more than one student, some questions ask for your overall experience and some questions are specific to each class day. There are optional comment sections to give you an opportunity to give more details to your answers. The questions with a red asterisk require an answer. Only one completed survey per family is requested but more is welcome.

PLEASE COMPLETE BY MAY 18. There will be a drawing for a $25 gift card to Wonderland Toys for four families who complete the survey by the deadline.  If you choose not to put your name on the survey, you can email me (msauter@losd.ca) to let me know that you have completed it and to add you to the drawing.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.  We truly appreciate your time and input. 

Beach Day - May 24 from 1 to 3 pm


 Family Beach Day, Thursday, May 24

Seacliff Beach, 1:00 - 3:00. (change of location)


Please sign up and sign a Water Waiver at Ocean 

State Beach Lifeguards confirmed that the water is open to swimmers


Google Maps link

Parking is available in Seacliff State Beach ($10 fee) or Rio Del Mar Beach parking (free).  We will be near the end of Seacliff Beach (closer to Rio Del Mar) to accommodate anyone who would rather park at Rio Del Mar.  Look for our Ocean flag.


Seacliff State Beach - follow road down to beach level. Turn left (towards cement ship).  Drive along cabanas almost to the turn around.  Look for our Ocean flag.


Rio Del Mar Beach - from parking lot, walk right (towards Seacliff Beach) over the bridge and along path until you see our Ocean flag.

Spring Family Camping Trip 2018

We have room for 3 or 4 families to share a site for our upcoming camping trip.  If you are interested, please let us know.  If you are willing to share a site, let us know that too!  


Big Sur   May 31 to June 3

Interested in Learning More About 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.

 Parent Volunteers Needed

Ocean needs representatives for several school/ district committees. If interested please contact Mary.

  • Site Council - contribute ideas for school events - New families encouraged!
  • Offering a class to teach students a skill or passion (any time commitment okay)

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!

Common Core Testing Information

Formative Assessment pdf. 

Here is how to get to the tests:

* go to caaspp.org

* click on “practice and training test” green tab

* click on “student interface practice & training test”

* keep the student info as guest and click on the “sign in” tab

* select grade

* select the type of test

* you can look at the different designated supports—Mary will have a list of designated support descriptions for a reference

* please use this site to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.


Practice Test Portal

Answers to tests

*Informational Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5 

*Opinion Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5

*Narrative Writing Rubric,

grades 3-8

*Explanatory Essay Rubric,

grades 6-11

*Argumentative Essay Rubric, 

grades 6-11 



TA resources - hover over this tab-click on Resources-Practice & training tests. Scroll down page to find grade and test. It gives the answers and/or rubrics used to grade questions. Use the 2014 answers.


The tests themselves are personalized because the test is adaptive, meaning that the questions they pose are dependent on the accuracy of the previous answers—they'll select the next question based on the answer to the current question, selecting either more basic or more advanced questions, adapting to the student.


The practice tests are personalized because you can get the answers and sit together to see what's on the test, to help them to understand the problems. You won't get a report of the practice test, so this is the way to know how it's going for your child, or for you, should you opt to try out the test yourself!


Released 2015 Test Questions


Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core Math by Grade Level

Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core English Language Arts by Grade Level

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

TOMS - Test Online Management System (student demographic and staff information)

SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

May Newsletter 2018

Important Links

Pre-Registration (new students)


Parent Portal Link for Registration  (existing students)


IXL Account  - 2nd - 8th grade


Typing Club - 2nd - 5th grade


Ocean Online is our digital independent study program. For more information and to begin the enrollment process please fill out the Ocean Online New Student Information form. For an overview of this unique opportunity please check out the Ocean Online page.


Go to Club page 

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—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)


Carol Bowles—(mom of 3rd grader)  


Carolyn Angell—(mom of 7th grader and Ocean grad) 


Rebecca Paten—(mom of 2nd & 6th grader and Ocean grad)  


Elana Sifry—(mom of Ocean grad) 


Alberta James—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)  


Jen Bruno—(mom of 1,& 4th grader)