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    Learn More about Ocean Alternative

    2022/23 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!

    (We are in the process of changing to a new website.  Only this home page of this website has current information.  Feel free to peruse the rest of our website to get a sense of our school, however, please understand it does NOT have accurate information about the 22/23 school year.  Thank you for understanding.)

    register your student by August 10

    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.

    First day of School Wednesday, august 10


    Our First Day Celebration will be held at Anna Jean Cummings Park (Blue Ball Park) on Wednesday, Aug 10 * 11:00 to 2:00 

    •Come and participate in our games and fun activities as we meet new families and reunite with others.

    • 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.

    • Bring a sack lunch for your family and be ready to have a great time!

    • Schedule that we will attempt to follow:

    • 11 - 11:30 Welcome

    • 11:30 - 11:40 Introductions

    • 11:45 - 12:00 Sea Squirt Game

    • 12 to 12:15 Sea Urchin Game

    • 12:15 - 12:30 Groupers Game

    • 12:30 - 2:00 Lunch, Connect, Play

    First Family Conferences August 11 - September 16

    The first weeks of school are reserved for the first family appointments with your consultant. Please honor your scheduled meeting and come prepared to spend time discussing goals and looking at curriculum options for your child. Your teacher will be contacting you for your meeting dates on August 8th and 9th.

    Elective/Athletics Oppportunity for Groupers (Middle Schoolers)

    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.

    Important Deadlines & Dates

    August 10 - First day of school 22/23

    August 15 - Daily Morning Zooms Begin

    August 18 - Community Event

    August 21 - District BBQ @ Shoreline Middle School

    September 8 - Beach Day     1 to 3 pm

    September 15 - SC County Fair 

    September 19 - 22 - In-Person Class Days Begin

    Tech Support

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

    Tech Support

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