First Day Celebration - August 24
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.
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 - email@example.com
Carol Bowles - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Angell - email@example.com
Rebecca Paten - firstname.lastname@example.org
Elana Sifry - email@example.com
Alberta James - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ona Tigue - email@example.com
Jen Bruno - firstname.lastname@example.org
LEADERSHIP & TEEN CLUB NEWS
Go to Grouper Class Day page
984-6 Bostwick Lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(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!
Ocean Alternative Plays 2015/16
Please complete the Request form and the links will be sent to you via Google Drive.
Local Homeschool Conference Scholarships Available
Scholarships Available to a Local Homeschool Conference - August 13 9 am to 4 pm
In an effort to support you in your homeschooling adventure, Ocean Alternative would like to sponsor 10 families to attend a local homeschool conference at the Discovery Learning Center. For details and the schedule of events, visit the website:
If you are interested, please email Mary (email@example.com) as soon as possible. We hope you will be open to sharing information you learn from the conference at a future Parent Support Group meeting during the school year.
What's Happening at Ocean?
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/Minecraft Club)
Wednesday 9:15 (Classes start at 9:30) to 1:30 or 2:30 (for students in Math Games Class/Leadership events)
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 Online is our new digital independent study program. Ocean Online uses a blended learning model, combining the best in educational technology with expert teacher support and consultation. Ocean Online students will receive a wide range of services including: high quality online curriculum, a personalized independent study program, weekly teacher consultation and instruction, student assessment and feedback, parent conferences, a social network of homeschooling families, access to our resource library, and Chromebooks (on loan if needed). Ocean Online is a unique opportunity for students living in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara, San Benito, and San Mateo counties. This is a non-classroom based instruction option. For more information and to begin the enrollment process please fill out the Ocean Online New Student Information form.
June Newsletter Available
What Is Ocean Alternative?
2016-17 Field Trips
Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details
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.
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