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    Contact Deb Bell  Deb Bell Teacher
    Contact Justin Burrows  Justin Burrows Teacher
    Contact Heddi Craft  Heddi Craft Teacher
    Contact Sue Finnegan  Sue Finnegan (831) 475-0767 Sys Admin
    Contact Zelda McGrath  Zelda McGrath Teacher
    Contact Mary Sauter  Mary Sauter Principal
    Contact Elana Sifry  Elana Sifry Teacher
    Contact Joy Wood  Joy Wood Teacher
    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

    What's Happening Next at Ocean Alternative?

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    Yearbook Pictures Needed

    Believe it or not, it is that time of year again when I ask for you to send me a photo of your student for our yearbook.  For those of you who haven't seen our yearbook, the photo can be portrait style but doesn't have to be.  We have past yearbooks in the office if you want to see what students have submitted previously.

    Please send your picture either in a physical picture or preferably send a digital copy to  Along with the picture, give the following information.  



    Favorite Homeschooling Activity

    Pictures due by May 17.  We will also be taking pictures at school.

    Parent Survey - Submit by May 24
    spring camping trip

    The vote is in and Pfeiffer Big Sur was the most popular choice for our Spring Camping Trip from May 16 to May 19.  Please go to and reserve your camping spot on or after November 16.  We will camp in the Weyland loop (Sites # 79 - 130 -especially 97 to 130).  Sign up in the office and let us know if you will share a site with another family. If you need camping equipment, don't hesitate to ask to borrow from our community.  Camping trips are the best!

    Class Days 

    Please look over the specific class day page for details.  Find out what your Sea Squirt, Urchin or Grouper did during school. 

    save the date:

    2018/19 School Year

    *May 20 Running Club

    *May 17  Yearbook Photos Due

    *May 23  Carnival @ Blue Ball Park

    *May 24  Parent Survey Due

    *May 24, 31 Chess Club & Running Club

    *May 26  Ultimate Frisbee Club

    *May 30 Beach Day

    *June 5  End of Year Celebration & Graduation

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

    Want to learn more about OA?

    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.

    Parent Volunteers Needed


    • Site Council - contribute ideas for school events - New families encouraged!
    • Offering a class to teach students a skill or passion (any time commitment okay)