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June 30 through August 15

Office closed for Summer


Monday, August 18

Office Open - 8 am to 3 pm 


Tuesday - August 19

Office Open 8 am to 3 pm


Wednesday - August 20

Office Open 8 am to 3 pm


Thursday - August 21

Office Open 8 am to 3 pm


Friday - August 22

Office Open 8 am to 3 pm


Upcoming Events   

 Here are some the important dates of our fall events:
 August 27 First Day Celebration at Blue Ball Park 
 August 28 New Family Orientation 
 September 4 River Day at Henry Cowell
 September 10 Education Day at SC County Fair
 September 12 New Sea Squirt Orientation
 September 15 to 17 - Classes Begin
 These are subject to change. Please, refer to the calendar on our website for up-to-date information.

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!


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

Dreambox Math Program

If you would like to learn more about this online math program for students, please contact your consulant or Mary.  The content goes up through 4th grade math content but any student can use it. It is now available to do on an iPad.  Look for OC-Sauter to find your students account.


Welcome to 2014 - 2015 School Year!

Hello New and Returning Families,

I am so excited to announce that our First Day Celebration is coming soon!  It will be fun to come together to share our summer stories with each other and start to plan another year of events.  The staff has some new opportunities planned for the school year and will be introducing them soon.    All our upcoming events are on the Google calendar found on this website.  The office will be open Monday through Friday, starting August 18 from 8 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you soon!

First Day Celebration

First Day Celebration
Our First Day Celebration will be held at
Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue Ball Park) on Wednesday, Aug 27 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 although 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! Registration packets will be available to take home that day.

New Family Orientation, Thursday - August 28 from 10 to 12

*New student and family orientation is from 10:00 - 11:00 where we will explain enrollment, activities and procedures in more detail
*At 11:00 - 12:00, we invite returning parents and students to join our new families in a round-table introduction and discussion to share homeschooling experiences.

Class Day Schedule


  • 9:30 - 10:00 Arrivals, Playtime & Clean up
  • 10:00 - 10:10  Snack (clean up)  
  • 10:15 - 10:55  Inquiry Groups
  • 10:55 - 11:10   Outside Play
  • 11:15 - 11:30  Circle
  • 11:30 - 12:10  Focus Groups
  • 12:10 - 12:30  Lunch & Story
  • 12:30 - 1:30  Share & Outside


  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:25 Focus/Science
  • 10:25 - 10:45 Play
  • 10:45 - 10:55 Eat Snack
  • 11:00 - 11:55 Focus/Science
  • 11:55 - 12:15  Lunch
  • 12:20 - 12:35  Outside play
  • 12:40 - 12:45  Announcements
  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry
  • 1:35 – 2:30  Math Class
  • Showcase: (last class day of month)
  • 12:45 - 1:00  Teambuilding Activity
  • 1:00 - 1:30   Showcase


  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival
  • 9:30 - 10:30 Focus/Science
  • 10:30 - 10:50 Snack/Break
  • 10:55 - 11:55 Focus/Science
  • 11:55 - 12:15 Lunch
  • 12:15 - 12:35  Outside
  • 12:40 - 12:45 Announcements
  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry
  • 1:35 – 2:30  Math Class 
  • Showcase: (last class day of month)
  • 12:45 - 1:00  Teambuilding Activity
  • 1:00 - 1:30   Showcase

SALUD open to all live oak students

Starting August 19th, SALUD is open for low cost immunizations and dental care.  This is available to all students attending a Live Oak School including Ocean Alternative.  Call 475-5610 to make an appointment.

Consent-Photo Release 12-13.doc

If you prefer not to have your student's picture on our website, please revise your consent-photo release by printing/downloading the attached form and turning it into Sue (sfinnegan@losd.ca)

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

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, please complete the New Student Information Survey.  

What Is Ocean Alternative?

Common Core Information

Below you will find a list of links to the CaliforniaTac website for Smarter Balanced Testing.

Main Site 

Practice Test Resources               
Guides for classroom activities and scoring.
 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


August Newsletter Available