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Monday, October 27

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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


Tuesday - October 28

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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

Showcase 12:45 to 1:30 pm

Garden Club with Priscilla 1:35 to 2:30 pm


Wednesday - October 29

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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

Showcase 12:45 to 1:30 pm

Leadership Meeting 1:40 to 2:30 pm


Thursday - October 30

Office Closed 9 to 11/Open 11 to 4 pm

Leadership Set up/Clean up  12:15 to 3:15

Buddy Day 1 to 3 pm

Costumes optional - no masks, weapons or extreme gore


Friday - October 31

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Live Earth Farm  10 am to 1 pm

Costumes optional - no masks, weapons or extreme gore


Upcoming Events   


November 3 Sign up for Theater

November 7 "Audition Day" for Theater Option 3

November 13 Student/Family Portraits


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!

Buddy Day


Join us on our first buddy day of the year.  This is an event where Big Buddies (older students) and Little Buddies (younger students) get to play games and do activities together.  We try to match buddies who will be compatible and make long time connections. Students may wear costumes. For safety of all students, please no masks, toy weapons or extreme gore.  

Please let staff know if your child will not be participating in this special event.


Ocean THEATER, 2014-2015


This year's advanced theater group (open to students in grades 1-8 who would like a deeper commitment to theater) is a wickedly funny, original ...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 Laughron - Alternate


 The next site council meeting is Tuesday, January 7 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  We are currently collecting nominations to fill our member openings for the 2014-15 school year.  Information will be in your boxes soon. Feel free to ask Mary any questions you have.  We hope you will consider to join us!

Toyota "Drive for Schools" Fundraiser

Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser.  We raised $1955 which goes directly into our budget.  We will be using it for our field trips (Academy of Sciences, roller rink, Fall Camping Trip, etc), our community nights, Grouper science camp, and Messy Camp.

Spectra Art on Thursdays!

Our Spectra Artist for Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11 is Shane' Mann!

She will be leading us in "3-D Sci-Fi Space Art"!  Check out her website HERE!

(Wear clothing that can get stained.)

11:30 – 1:00 Wednesday Groupers

1:00 – 3:00 Monday Sea Squirts and Tuesday Sea Urchins

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

Thank you to Gina Garcia for the fantastic collage projects!  Some projects were loaned to us for the Ocean Art Exhibit (coming soon to Classroom A).

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

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.  

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