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Monday, January 5

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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



Tuesday - January 6

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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

LAST WEEK OF FOCUS GROUPS (due to MBA trip next Tues)

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


Wednesday - January 7

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

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

Math Games w/ Deb 1:35 to 2:30 pm


Thursday - January 8

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

Dead Men's Play Rehearsal  12 to 3 pm @ Broadway Playhouse

Spectra class -  Capoeira with Papiba

   1 to 3 pm (all Sea Squirts, Urchins & Groupers who are not in Dead Men's Play)

Parent Support Group Meeting - 1 to 3 pm


Friday - January 9

Office  Open 8 am to 4 pm


Upcoming Events   

January 13 - Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip

January 16 - Family Math Festival 

January 19 - 23  Martin Luther King Jr Holiday & Conference Week


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

Carol Bowles

Carolyn Angell

Rebecca Paten

Elana Sifry


Family Math Festival Friday, January 16



7 TO 8:30 PM

As a celebration of our focus of math in this semester's classes, we are hosting a Family Math Festival on January 16 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Green Acres Cafeteria.  The room will be full of stations of puzzles, questions, and games meant to challenge and encourage groups to talk math.  Some of the Focus Groups will be presenting a math game or puzzle as a culminating project for the semester.  We hope you will join our wonderful community and be prepared to have a fun evening!

Ocean Theater 2014-15

Ocean THEATER, 2014-2015

Please SIGN UP

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




to learn or practice concepts or math facts and then we will play games like SET, RUMIKUB, SEQUENCE, BLOCKUS, PIT, MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOES and many more! WE will also find some good math games and film how to play them to TEACH younger students, and choose some to share when we help host the FAMILY MATH NIGHT on JANUARY 16th.

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, 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!

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

December 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


December Newsletter Available