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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.

What's Happening at Ocean?

For a larger version of our school calendar, click this link.


May 1 - 4 - CAASPP Testing (NO MONDAY CLASS)

May 11 - Open House

May 12 - Sewing Club

May 18 - Carnival @ Blue Ball Park

May 19 - Sewing Club

May 22 - 24 - Last week of classes

May 25 - Track & Field Day (4th & 5th grades)

May 25 - Beach Day

June 1 - 4 - Spring Camping Trip @ Sunset Beach

June 7 - End of Year Celebration & Graduation

June 9 - Last day of school year


These are subject to change. Please, refer to the calendar for up-to-date information.

Staff Email

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

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—(mom of 5th & 8th grader, and Ocean grad)


Carol Bowles—(mom of 8th grader)  


Carolyn Angell—(mom of 6th grader and Ocean grad) 


Rebecca Paten—(mom of 2nd & 5th grader and Ocean grad)  


Elana Sifry—(mom of 3rd grader and Ocean grad) 


Alberta James—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)  


Jen Bruno—(mom of K, 3rd & 6th grader) 



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!

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CAASPP Testing - May 1 - 5

Testing for 3rd thru 8th grade is May 1 through 5.

The schedule is as follows: (special arrangements can be made if these times don’t work)

Monday – Thursday (Language Arts & Math; Science for 5th & 8th graders)

3rd - 5th grade -  9:15 to 11:15

6th – 8th grade   - 11:30 to 1:30


Any student (3rd – 8th grade) not finished with test or make-ups 9:30 to 11:30

The test is not timed.  Students will be given as much time to complete each test as needed.


Meet the Test - here is the slide presentation to give you ideas how to prepare your student

MAY 11 * 1 TO 3 PM

Our Community Share is MAY 11

Open House is a celebration of the school year. We encourage students to bring projects and school work they have created to share with others. We will have tables out to display these items. In addition, we will have several activities happening throughout the day. We hope to have some “student teach” activities so please let us know if your child is interested in teaching a skill or project.   

Parent Survey - Please complete by May 19

Every year, we ask parents to complete a survey of questions to help us frame the opportunities we offer with the desires and needs of our students.  In order for the staff to have time to use the results while we plan for next year, please finish the survey by May 19.


All parents who fill out the survey will be entered into a drawing for a Fall Lending Library Membership at teh DLC (2 names will be chosen)  OR a $50 certificate to Wonderland Toys!  If you do not wish to put your name on the survey, then please email Mary (msauter@losd.ca) and tell her that you completed the survey to get your name in the raffle.  


OAEC Parent Survey 2016/17  (the form takes 10 - 15 min to complete)

OAEC Parent Survey 16/17

Last Day to Order Curriculum

The last day to order curriculum is Friday, May 19.  We will be taking curriculum orders until June 9 for the next school year. Forms and workbooks to choose from are in the office. The materials will be ready for you to pick up during the first week of school.

Reserve for Spring Camping Trip

The votes have been tallied and Sunset State Beach is where we are going for our spring camping trip.  The dates of our trip are Thursday through Sunday, June 1 - 4, 2017.  The loop closest to the beach contains campsites # 1 - 37.  To make your reservation:

1) Go to reserveamerica.com

2) Search Sunset State Beach, Ca

3) Choose the campsite you want and reserve

4) The site opens at 8 am sharp on Thursday, December 1 and the website suggests that you go on up to 10 min before

5) We will talk about more of the details as the trip gets closer.


Let Mary know if you have any questions.

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. If you have special circumstances please check with Sue in advance. The staff uses the time before and after school to set up, clean up and have meetings with families. If you arrive to school early, please plan to stay with your child. Thank you for your cooperation.


We also encourage families to use the site as a hub or hang out after school hours and only ask that you supervise your own children.


Please come and learn more about Ocean Alternative at our Open House

May 11    1 to 3 pm

April Newsletter Available


Ocean Online is our digital independent study program. For more information and to begin the enrollment process please fill out the Ocean Online New Student Information form. For an overview of this unique opportunity please check out the Ocean Online page.


Go to Club page 

2016-17 Field Trips

May 25: Family Beach Day

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

Common Core Testing Information

Formative Assessment pdf. 

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—Mary will have a list of designated support descriptions for a reference

* please use this site to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.


Practice Test Portal

Answers to tests

*Informational Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5 

*Opinion Essay Rubric,

grades 3-5

*Narrative Writing Rubric,

grades 3-8

*Explanatory Essay Rubric,

grades 6-11

*Argumentative Essay Rubric, 

grades 6-11 



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 tests themselves are personalized because the test is adaptive, meaning that the questions they pose are dependent on the accuracy of the previous answers—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.


The practice tests are personalized because you can get the answers and sit together to see what's on the test, to help them to understand the problems. 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!


Released 2015 Test Questions


Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core Math by Grade Level

Parent Guides and Roadmaps to Common Core English Language Arts by Grade Level

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

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.  

 Parent Volunteers Needed

Ocean needs representatives for several school/ district committees. If interested please contact Mary.

  • Site Council - contribute ideas for school events - New families encouraged!
  • Offering a class to teach students a skill or passion (any time commitment okay)