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Monday, September 29

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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


Tuesday - September 30

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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

Showcase 1:00 to 1:30 pm


Wednesday - October 1

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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


Thursday - October 2

Office Closed 9 to 12 pm

Open 12 to 4 pm

Spectra Art classes

  11:30 to 1 - Groupers

  1 to 3 - Sea Squirts & Sea Urchins

(Sea Urchins have Art first-please be on time)

Parent Support Group  1 to 3 pm

(meet in office)


Friday - October 3

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm


Upcoming Events   

October 30 Buddy Day

October 31 Live Earth Farm


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!

All Field Trip information and online sign ups are now under the Field Trips Tab on top of this page.

Focus & Inquiry Groups Start this Week!

Your students won't want to miss class day this week to start Focus & Inquiry Groups.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will start right at 9:30 am so students are encouraged to come at 9:15 to have a chance to connect with each other before classes begin.  If your student arrives before 9:15, please plan to stay with him or her until 9:15 because teachers use this time to get ready for class.  As always, call us to discuss any special situations so we can find a solution.  


Tuesday Sea Urchins will have Showcase this week so Inquiry Groups will start on October 7.

Toyota "Drive for Schools" Fundraiser

Greetings Ocean Families,

Our biggest fundraising effort of the year is about to begin.  The Toyota “Drive For Schools” offers our program a chance to sell raffle tickets for many wonderful prizes, including the grand prize of either a Toyota Prius, a Subaru Outback, or $25,000 cash.  Tickets are $5 a piece or a book of six tickets for $25.  The great thing about this event is that each and every dollar we raise goes directly to our homeschool program and will be used to fund classes, field trip costs, science camp and our theatre program.  We are encouraging families to try to sell at least two books of tickets ($50) to support our school and the many wonderful opportunities it provides our homeschooling families. When we reach our $3000 goal, we will celebrate with an ice cream party in November.


Please stop by before or after each class day and pick up some tickets.  This would be a great time to reach out to family, friends (local or not) or neighbors & give them a way to help support your homeschooling. Please note, you can take as many books of tickets as you think you may sell but you are not obligated to sell them all.  Also, we will not be collecting any money until the third week of October, so you have some time to get the word out.  Thank you for your participation and support.


Parent Support Group meetings give parents a chance to share homeschooling experiences and learn from each other.  All parents (new and returning) are encouraged to come to this highly supportive group to exchange ideas and experiences. We are very fortunate to have our mentor parent, Heddi Craft, lead these valuable meetings. Our first meeting will address homeschooling questions as well as best days and times for this year’s meetings.  This meeting will be on Thursday while your kids are in Spectra class. If you have a Grouper, he/she is welcome to stay while you are in the meeting and help in our classes. Childcare will be provided for younger siblings.  If anyone has questions or feedback about topics to address this year, please email Heddi at heddicr@gmail.com.


We will be camping at Little Basin  Campground  in Boulder Creek (located before Big Basin).  We have a group site reserved  for  tent  camping  which  includes use  of a community  kitchen (no need to bring pots, pans or stove) and  picnic area. There is a  playground  and  a sports  field  for  games  and  an amphitheater for our talent show.  There are  plenty of roads for biking and scootering.     

     The  cost is $7.50 per person per night. If you plan to come for just the day, the cost is $5 per person If you prefer to have your own individual site (rather than stay in the group site), go to  www.reserveamerica.com.   

     Please sign up and pay in the office so we know who is planning on attending.  To find out more about the campground, go to www.littlebasin.org.  If  anyone  has  equipment    to  lend  others  or  needs  to  borrow  equipment,  please  let  us know.

Bring games, puzzles, play equipment and whatever else you like to do.  Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.

Friday - Arriving after 3 pm (The group site does not have space to park your car. Although they will allow you to unload your equipment before parking in lot on site)

Saturday- Potluck (5:30 pm), Talent Show (7 pm)

Saturday Activities with WOLF School - Junior Ranger Program (3 pm), Nature Club (4:30 pm), Campfire (7 pm)

SALUD open to all live oak students

Starting August 19th, SALUD is open for low cost immunizations and dental care.  This is available to all students attending a Live Oak School including Ocean Alternative.  Call 475-5610 to make an appointment.

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If you prefer not to have your student's picture on our website, please revise your consent-photo release by printing/downloading the attached form and turning it into Sue (sfinnegan@losd.ca)

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

What Is Ocean Alternative?

October 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, please complete the New Student Information Survey.  

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