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Monday, April 27

Office Open  8 am to 4 pm

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

(Please walk your child in)


Tuesday - April 28

Office Open  8 am to 4 pm

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

SHOWCASE! (second-to last one)

Minecraft Club - 1:35 to 2:30 pm 

Garden Club - 1:35 to 2:30 pm


Wednesday - April 29

Office Closed 

NO Groupers Class Day (11 to 14 yrs)  9:15 am to 1:30 pm

Science Campers meet at OA at 8:45 am - bring gear & sack lunch

NO OA String Ensemble  1:35 to 2:30 pm 

Reception for art display at County Building - 5th floor 4 to 6:30 pm


Thursday - April 30

Office Closed 9 am to 1:00 pm/Open  1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Spectra Class - Final One!

Groupers, Sea Urchins & Sea Squirts  1 to 3 pm



Friday - May 1

Office Closed

Science Campers return around 10 pm



AUTHOR'S FAIR AT CAPITOLA MALL  9 am to 4 pm - we need parent volunteers 


Upcoming Events

*Student Authors' Fair, May 2

*Open House, May 7

*Carnival, May 14

•Films Due, May 25


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

Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
Finnegan, Sue
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
Sifry, Elana
Wood, Joy


Student Authors' Fair, Saturday May 2 at the Capitola Mall!

    Ocean Alternative will have a table and we need student made books and writing projects of any kind.  Students will have a chance to read their books to a live audience if they choose.  It's not too late to make a book or two!  Please see Joy if you can help staff our table.

Please lend us your student-made books!  Bring them in between now and April 30th!

The 2015 Ocean Alternative Film Festival is seeking student film submissions. The Festival will be on the evening of FRIDAY, JUNE 5th at DEL MAR school.


Films should be edited (sound is loud enough, transitions, opening and credits at the least) and no longer than five minutes (exceptions for group projects are possible) and must be delivered (thumb drive in an Apple format such as quicktime or via a YouTube link) by MAY 25. Please complete this interest form as soon as you know that you plan to submit.


The week of APRIL 20-24, which is also testing week, I will offer an open film studio workshop time from 1:45 - 2:45 every day, here at Ocean. If you need tech or editing support, come join us.

Thanks, Deb

Spring Camping Trip at Hume Lake!



MAY 28 THROUGH  May 31, 2015


Hume Lake is located at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California.  The campground offers single and double family campsites.   There is fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and local places to visit.  Go to reserveamerica.com to reserve your site as soon as possible while sites are still available.  If you are familiar with the area and would like to help plan day trips during our time at Hume Lake, please see Mary.



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 Alternative Online Calendar

Spectra Artist, Shane Mann, is back on Thursdays!

Spectra Art 

Shane' Mann will be back for a series of watercolor classes on Thursdays, April 9, 16 and 30 at our usual Spectra times.   

  11:30 – 1:00 Wednesday Groupers

 1:00 - 3:00 Monday Sea Squirts and

         Tuesday Sea Urchins

Please bring in any pictures of rainforest animals you may have.

(Please note: April 30th class is 1:00 - 3:00 for all students K-8, due to Science Camp.)

Students are with the SPECTRA artist for one hour. The rest of the time is spent in cooperative play, games or crafts with their classmates and teachers

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.  

April Newsletter Available

Upcoming Field Trips


May 8 - Point Lobos (Our last Field Trip for the year)

June 4 - Swim Party at Trout Farm

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

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 Testing Information

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 - I will leave a list of designated support descriptions for a reference
  • please use this time to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.


The practice tests are personalized because you can get the answers and sit together to see what's on it. 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! 


Answers to tests


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 actual tests will be adapatable, meaning that 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.


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
TOMS - Test Online Management System (student demographic and staff information)
SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium



Friday, April 17 (last one of the year)