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September 2017

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 ...more

Interested in Learning More About 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?


September 18 - 20 Class days begin

September 21 Homeschool Conference: Math 11:15 to 3:00

September 22 - 24 - Fall Camping Trip at Camp Loma

September 26  Site Council Meeting  6:30 pm

September 27  Leadership/Teen Club - Beach Clean Up

October 5  Parent Support Group Meeting  1 to 3 pm

October 5   Spectra Art Classes Start   11:30 - 1 Groupers; 1 - 3 Sea Squirts & Urchins

October 13 Field Trip: Live Earth Farm

November 17 Field Trip: S.C. Roller Palladium

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

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

Staff Email

Bell, Deb
Burrows, Justin
McGrath, Zelda
Sauter, Mary
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 2 Ocean grads)


Carol Bowles—(mom of 3rd grader)  


Carolyn Angell—(mom of 7th grader and Ocean grad) 


Rebecca Paten—(mom of 2nd & 6th grader and Ocean grad)  


Elana Sifry—(mom of Ocean grad) 


Alberta James—(mom of 2 Ocean grads)  


Jen Bruno—(mom of 1,& 4th 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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Parent Meet & Greet

We ask all parents to attend a Parent Meet and Greet at the beginning of the first class day. (Second week, for Sea Squirts). We will present our goals for the year, schedule of times, and give you a taste of what we will be offering. There will also be time to meet other parents of your child’s class day.

Sea Urchins: Tuesday, 9/19– 9:30 to 10

Groupers: Wednesday, 9/20– 9:30 to 10

Sea Squirts: Monday, 9/25 - 9:30 to 10


We look forward to seeing you ALL there!

Fall Camping Trip @ Camp Loma ** September 22 - 24

Fall Camping Trip Our annual camping trip will be at Camp Loma Sept. 22 to 24 • ARRIVE anytime after 3:00pm on Friday and get your tent set up (No tent? check with Mary)FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE - @ 9:00pm - • SATURDAY- GAMES, PLAYGROUND • DINNER Saturday night will be feast • potluck at 6:30pm.TALENT SHOW/CAMPFIRE -after dinnerDEPARTURE - Sunday 11:00am (sharp)Cost is $10 per person/night or if you just come for the day OR $50 per family for the weekend.


Limited scholarships are available. (2 yrs & younger free) • This camp has a large kitchen, community area, and space for tent or car camping (No RVs) • There is not space for bike riding. • If you bring a pet, you may be asked to keep it on a leash out of respect to other families • Please sign up in the office so that we can keep a current tally of the number of people coming. (Not required) • There is a flyer available with all the details of this event & directions to Camp Loma. • If anyone has equipment to lend, please let Mary know. 

Camp Loma website


11:15 TO 3:00


SSC Meeting - September 26


The first site council meeting is Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm. This will be an organizational meeting to plan the openings on the council and to organize the yearly site council calendar. If you are interested in joining the council or just finding out what it is all about, please join us.  We have a several openings this year. A great way for new families to get involved!

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.

Parent Portal

Student Gmail Log In for Sea Urchins & Groupers 17/18

Field Trips for 2017 - 18 school year!

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details


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.

Spectra Theater Class Plays 2017 Available

If you are interested in watching any of the Theater Class plays from last 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 

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

 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)

September newsletter Available