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    Learn More about Ocean Alternative

    2023/24 School Year  Education Options

    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 learning more about homeschooling or independent study, please complete the

    New Student Information Survey.

    More Online Resources on

    Parent Resource Page


    Compliant for non-immunized students:

    Students who do not have current immunizations or valid medical exemptions can still enroll in our homeschool or Ocean Online Academy.  However, the in-person offerings are not an option. The staff is looking at offering optional remote classes.

    Welcome to the 22/23 school year!

    What's Happening Next at Ocean Alternative?   To get the weekly updates click on the mailbox icon above!

    Morning Zoom Sessions 

    *K - 3rd - Meet with your teacher -M, T, W and F

    *4th - 8th - Check in and lessons - M, T, W, and F

         Mon - 4th grade lesson and 5th - 8th check in

        Tues - 5th grade lesson and 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th check in

        Wed - 6th/7th grade lesson and 4th, 5th and 8th check in

        Fri - 8th grade lesson  and 4th - 7th check in

    register your student

    Use the Parent Portal link to register your student by August 10.

    Parent Portal Link

    A quick video is below to show you the process:

    Instruction Video

    Contact Sue ( or Mary ( if you have questions.

    Parent Mentors

    We have incredible mentor parents with years of homeschooling experience. They are happy to talk to you and answer your questions.  Go to the Parent Resource Page

    Want to find an event but don't know the date? Click on full size calendar (link above) and search the event you are looking for.

    Staff Contacts
      Deb Bell Teacher
      Justin Burrows Teacher
      Heddi Craft Teacher
      Sue Finnegan (831) 475-0767 Sys Admin
      Zelda McGrath Teacher
      Mary Sauter Principal
    Important Deadlines & Dates

    March 9 - Community Night

    March 24 - Field trip- Monterey Bay Sanctuary

    April 3 to 7 - Spring Break NO School
    April 14 - Community Day TBD
    April 17 - 21 - CAASPP Testing Week -NO CLASSES
    May 1 - 4 - Last Week of In Person Classes

    May 5 - 7 - Big Sur Camping Trip
    May 8 - 26 - Parent Conferences
    May 24 - 8th Grade Graduation/End of Year Celebration
    May 26 - Last Day of School


    (see link above for more information)

    Free Day Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
    Friday, March 3 * 11 am to 4 pm

    Santa Cruz Kids in Nature

    Many dates in March and in different locations *2:45 to 5:15 pm

    My Play Club – Family Drop-In – Visita familiar Leo’s Haven Park (Chanticleer)

    Tuesdays, March 7, 14 & 21@ 3:30 to 5 pm

    Santa Cruz STEAM Expo
    Saturday, March 11 @ 9 am to 4 pm Santa Cruz Fairgrounds

    Family Fun Day for SPIN $40 Saturday, March 18 * 12 - 3 pm Common Roots Farm

    Boardwalk Fun Run Friday, March 31 * 4 pm

    Tech Support

    If you borrowed a school Chromebook on loan, you can contact the district for tech support. 

    Tech Support