Home Page Logo
Vision & Mission Letter From The Principal School Profile What is Ocean Alternative? Class Day Schedule School Accountability Report Card
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
School Calendar
Forms Newsletters Parent Resources
Deb Joy Justin Mary
Field Trip

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.

August Newsletter

What's Happening at Ocean?


September 7, 8, 12 & 13—Parent Education Days

September 15—School Day at SC County Fair   

September 19-21—Classes Begiin

September 22—Site Council Meeting

September 23-25—Fall Camping Trip

October 6—First Spectra Day 

November 3—Fall Buddy Day

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

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— 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


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!

WeTip logo v2.jpeg

First Day Celebration—August 24, 11 to 2

Our First Day Celebration will be held at Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue Ball Park) on Wednesday, Aug 24 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. Bring a sack lunch for your family and be ready to have a great time!  

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. 

Day at Twin Lakes Beach—August 31

Beach Day

Wednesday August 31,  1-3 pm

Meet at Twin Lakes Beach. Park along Twin Lakes Beach on East Cliff near 7th Ave. More parking on E. Cliff between Yacht Harbor and 7th. Meet in front of Lifeguard Station 4. 

Bring: lunch, sunscreen, something to drink, beach toys, balls, frisbees, etc. We'll play in the sand, have cooperative sand castle building, meet new and old friends! 

Parents: please supervise your own students especially if they are near the water. No Lifeguard on duty.


9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

  • 9:30  Arrival/Meet & Greet
  • 10:00 - 11:00 We will explain enrollment, activities and procedures in more detail
  • 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.
  • 12:00 to 1:00  Stay afterwards for some light snacks and more conversation!

Ocean Alternative Plays 2015/16

Please complete the Request form and the links will be sent to you via Google Drive.

Ocean Alternative Plays 2015/16


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 After School Classes/Leadership events)

Thursday  12:45 (Class starts at 1:00) to 3:00; Middle Schoolers 11:30 to 1:00 (except Buddy Days).

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.


Ocean Online is our new digital independent study program. Ocean Online uses a blended learning model, combining the best in educational technology with expert teacher support and consultation. Ocean ...more


Go to Grouper Class Day page 

2016-17 Field Trips

Please go to the Field Trip page for all the details

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 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