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Monday, February 23

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 - February 24

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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

(Please arrive no sooner than 9:15)

Showcase  1:00 to 1:30 pm

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

Mini Mermaid Running Club 2:30 to 4 pm


Wednesday - February 25

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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

(Please arrive no sooner than 9:15)

Showcase  1:00 to 1:30 pm

Math Games w/ Deb 1:35 to 2:30 pm


Thursday - February 26

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

Mini Mermaid Running Club 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

Sneetches & Matilda Play Rehearsal  1 to 3 pm 



Friday - February 27

Office  Open 8 am to 4 pm

Kianti's Pizza 10:30 am sharp


Upcoming Events

OA String Ensemble - starts March 4

Teen Club/Leadership @ the Warriors Game - March 4

Sneetches & Matilda Play - March 12

Dead Men's Play - March 19 & 20



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



WHAT:  A new after-school music class begins Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.
Students can choose to learn beginning violin, viola, or cello. The ensemble meets once a week and integrates the Suzuki and Applebaum teaching approaches.   Each class includes basic music theory , ear-training exercises, and cooperative music games to build confidence and musicianship.  Students will share a group performance with families at the end of the 8 week session. 

WHO: Ocean Alternative students ages 7-14

WHEN:  Wednesdays from 1: 45 to 2:30PM

WHERE: Ocean Alternative classroom 

FEE: Free 

(Students need to provide their own instrument and music stand. Instruments can be rented for $25 a month from Thomas Instruments ((831) 425-0110) or Sylvan Music ((831) 427-1917)QUESTIONS? Email Jenean :-)




We are anxiously waiting the upcoming performances of our three plays this year 

March 12

"Sneetches"  6:00 pm  Tickets cost: $5

"Matilda"  7:30 pm  Tickets cost: $5

March 19 

"Dead Men Tell No Tales"  6:30 pm  

March 20

"Dead Men Tell No Tales"  11 am

Due to the change to a smaller venue (Broadway Playhouse) this year, each play will be performed separately.  Our goal is to be able to seat the guests for each actor first then open the sales up to the rest of our school with any remaining tickets.  On March 20 @ 11 am, we have a second performance of "Dead Men Tell No Tales" as our March school community event.  We hope that all students will come to this special performance date and time. More details to come!

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 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

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, MARCH 3 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

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.  

February Newsletter Available

Upcoming Field Trips

Feb 27 - Kianti's Pizza 10:30 sharp

March 20 - Dead Men's Matinee @ Broadway Playhouse 11 am

March 27 - Resource Recovery Center

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details


Friday, March 13

Friday, April 17 (last one of the year)

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
TOMS - Test Online Management System (student demographic and staff information)
SBAC- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
Finnegan, Sue
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
Sifry, Elana
Wood, Joy