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What is Ocean Alternative?



August 23 First Day Celebration 11 to 2 @Blue Ball Park

August 24 New Family Orientation 10 to 1 @ Ocean Alternative

August 29 River Day @ Henry Cowell, 11 to 2

August 31 Homeschool Conference: Homeschooling Kick off 11:15 to 3

September 7 Homeschool Conference: Literacy 11:15 to 3

September 8 Beach Day

September 12 Movie Night 6:30 to 8:30 pm

September 14 SC County Fair Ed. Day 10 to 2

September 15 New Sea Squirt Orientation 9:30 to 11:30

September 18 - 20 Class days begin

September 21 Homeschool Conference: Math 11:15 to 3


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

What's Happening at Ocean?

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

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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Ocean Alternative Education Center

Ocean Alternative Education Center is a free, public Home School in the Live Oak School District. We offer classes, clubs, field trips and other activities for our students and families.  Each family is provided with one of our credentialed teacher consultants to help them with their home schooling needs.  Our center includes a lending library with many resources, 3 portable classrooms, an organic garden and use of ball fields and play structures.  We also have an online option for students not enrolled in our school based program (see Ocean Online below).  Ocean Alternative is K - 8th grade Home School with openings in all grades for this Fall. Please fill out the survey under "Welcome to Ocean Alternative" if you'd like more information.

First Day Celebration

Our First Day Celebration will be held at Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue Ball Park) on Wednesday, Aug 23 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come and participate in our games and fun activities as we meet new families and reunite with others. We will also have a Resource Swap table set up for families to share new or gently used homeschooling items. The items may be books, games, unused workbooks, or supplies that you are ready to pass on to help other families. The items will be available for all parents and students to take from. We ask that you limit only taking a few of your favorites so that more families can benefit from this sharing. Bring a sack lunch for your family and be ready to have a great time!

New Family Orientation


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

*New student and family orientation is from 10:00 - 11:00 where we will explain enrollment, activities and procedures in more detail

*At 11:30 - 12:30, we invite mentor parents and students to join our new families in a round-table introduction and discussion to share homeschooling experiences.

    *Stay afterwards for some light snacks and more conversations!

OAEC Homeschool Conference - 3 Days

OAEC Homeschool Conference

Thursday, August 31 - Homeschool Kickoff

Thursday, September 7 - Literacy

Thursday, September 21 - Math

11:30 am to 3:00 pm


Arrive : 11:15 to 11:30

Session 1 - 11:30 - 1:00

BYO Lunch: 1:00 to 1:30

Session 2 - 1:30 to 3:00

We are hosting 3 days of workshops for our community. Our goal is to provide opportunities to support you in your homeschooling journey. Parents who completed the survey expressed interest in learning about; strategies in teaching writing, the transition to middle/high school, math games & puzzles, and Google Apps. We will have these and more workshop options during the 3 days. We will also have workshops for kids to do during the conference. Please let us know your ideas and if you would like to host a workshop.

More details will be coming soon.



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.

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.

August 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 or visiting our school, please complete the New Student Information Survey.

Spectra Theater Class Plays 2017 Available

If you are interested in watching any of the Theater Class plays from this year, complete the following survey and you will be given the link to all the plays.    If you want your own copy, you can download it onto your own computer.  The videos are only visible to anyone who has the link.  In respect to every Ocean family, you will be asked to agree to share responsibly and agree not to put the videos on social media. 


Theater Class Plays 2017


Go to Club page 

Field Trips for 2017 - 18 school year!

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)