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Parent Survey 2015/16

Parent Survey is ready for you to complete.  We appreciate and value your input.  The results will be used as we start planning next school year.  If you complete the survey, let Mary know and your name will be added to a drawing for a Summer Lending Library membership and a Family Registration for the Santa Cruz Homeschooling Conference at the DLC. The drawing will be June 1.


OAEC Parent Survey 2015-16

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 - cnangell@att.net

Rebecca Paten - rebeccapaten@gmail.com

Elana Sifry - esifry@losd.ca

Alberta James - alberta@krebscycleproducts.com

Ona Tigue - onalunafe@yahoo.com 

Jen Bruno - jenbruno@webmail.us


Go to Grouper Class Day page 


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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What's Happening at Ocean?

Lakota Language & History Club - May 9 to May 23

Come meet your social studies requirement in this fun and interactive introduction to Lakota culture, language and history. Now being offered Mondays 1:30-2:30 immediately following Sea Squirts at ...more

School Carnival Thursday, May 19 1 to 3 pm

School Carnival at the Park

May 19

1pm – 3pm


We will hold our annual school carnival at Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue-Ball park)in Soquel. The Leadership Club puts together a number of carnival type games and field games for the students and families to enjoy. It is always a spectacular sight to see the leaders of our student community having just as much fun putting on the event as the kids enjoying it. We hope you bring a spirit of appreciation for their efforts. If you cannot stay, please make arrangements for your child to be supervised by another adult.

Spring Camping Trip at Big Sur- Reserve Now!

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 4.28.10 PM.pngSpring Camping Trip @ Pffeifer Big Sur

Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5, 2016

Our spring camping trip will be happening at Pffeifer Big Sur State Park.  We are hoping to all get a spot in the Weyland Loop, Sites # 89 to 130.  Big Sur offers great hiking, beach exploration and river play.  The challenge is we need to start getting our sites soon.  December 1 is the opening of the reservation window for campsites. Mark your calendars!


Go to reserveamerica.com to make your reservations online or call for information at (831) 667-2315

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.

Yearbook Photos due this Thursday

It’s time to send in your student’s picture for the yearbook. 

Please also send:



Favorite Homeschooling Activity


8th graders:



Number of Years at Ocean

Favorite Homeschooling Activity

Future Plans

Favorite Quote, Memory or Special Message


Send to Mary via email (mary.sauter@yahoo.com) or reply to sender below or drop off hard copy in office by Thursday, May 19.





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.

May Newsletter Available

What Is Ocean Alternative?

Swim Party May 26th!

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

Staff Email

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

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.

  • 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 - I will leave a list of designated support descriptions for a reference
  • please use this time to practice, look at test questions, different grade levels, designated supports, etc.


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

May Newsletter Available