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Monday, October 20

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Sea Squirt Class Day (5 to 8 yrs) 9:30 am to 1:30 pm


Tuesday - October 21

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Sea Urchin Class Day (8 to 11 yrs)  9:15 am to 1:30 pm

Site Council Meeting 6:30 to 8 pm - Everyone welcome


Wednesday - October 22

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Grouper Class Day (11 to 14 yrs)  9:15 am to 1:30 pm

Leadership Meeting 1:40 to 2:30 pm


Thursday - October 23

Office Closed 9 to 11/Open 11 to 4 pm

Spectra Art classes

  11:30 to 1 - Groupers

  1 to 3 - Sea Squirts & Sea Urchins

(Sea Urchins have Art first-please be on time)



Friday - October 24

Office Open 8 am to 4 pm

Teen Club Dance 6 to 9 pm (new time-see details)


Upcoming Events   

October 28/29 Showcase

October 30 Buddy Day

October 31 Live Earth Farm

November 3 Sign up for Theater

November 7 "Audition Day" for Theater Option 3

November 13 Student/Family Portraits


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!

All Field Trip information and online sign ups are now under the Field Trips Tab on top of this page.


Ocean THEATER, 2014-2015


This year's advanced theater group (open to students in grades 1-8 who would like a deeper commitment to theater) is a wickedly funny, original ...more

School Site Council


 The next site council meeting is Tuesday, October 21 from 6:30-8:00 pm.  We are currently collecting nominations to fill our member openings for the 2014-15 school year.  Information will be in your boxes soon. Feel free to ask Mary any questions you have.  We hope you will consider to join us!

Toyota "Drive for Schools" Fundraiser

Last year's money was spent on:

Messy Camp and Cooking class with Elana

Jon the Rocket Guy Class for the Sea Urchins

Grouper Science Camp Fee reduction for everyone who attended

Theatre program

Reduced or no cost to field trips like Star Wars Exhibit at the Tech, Winter Buddy Day at the Roller Rink, Family Art Night, School Carnival & Memento (our yearbook)

We do use this money to benefit all the students who participate in our activities this year. This is our only major fundraiser for the school and 100% of the money goes into our account. Please consider selling or purchasing some tickets to help keep these wonderful activities happening at Ocean. This is the last week to do so. All money and unsold tickets are due by Friday, October 17.

Spectra Art on Thursdays!

     SPECTRA Art - Collage with Gina!

Thursdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23

11:30 – 1:00 Wednesday Groupers

1:00 – 3:00 Monday Sea Squirts and

Tuesday Sea Urchins

Students are with the SPECTRA artist for one hour. The remaining time is spent in cooperative play, games or crafts with their classmates and teachers.

Ocean Alternative Online Calendar

Family Potluck & Game Night

Potluck & Game Night - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday, October 17  -  Green Acres Cafeteria

We hope you will join our wonderful community and share a potluck dish & play some friendly games.  We ask that you sign up in the office so that we can make sure to balance the type of menu items.  We also need a few parents to help with the set up and clean up of this event.  Bring your own dishes, cups and utensils to use and favorite game to play. Hope to see you there!

October 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?

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 Information

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
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