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    Learn More about Ocean Alternative

    Information about the education options available 

    2020/21 School Year

    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 our school, please complete the New Student Information Survey.

    Quick Links

    More Online Resources on

    Parent Resource Page

    Staff Contacts
    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 Mary Sauter  Mary Sauter Principal
    Contact Elana Sifry  Elana Sifry Teacher
    Contact Joy Wood  Joy Wood Teacher
    Happy Summer! See You August 13!!
    Parent & Youth Hotline

    The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages.  For more information, please visit:

    Google Classroom for All Students

    These classrooms will stay open throughout the summer for students who want to access the learning opportunities.

    1) Sign onto school Google Account.  Squirt parents will get an email of log on information.

    2) Go to

    3) Click on the + sign on top right to join class

    4) Put in the correct class code for your class:

    OA Sea Squirts - Class code: hcmbtsi

    OA Sea Urchins - Class code: fadaan6 

    OA Groupers - Class code:  tmpmzr6  

    2020 Parents' Guide to Google Classroom.pdf (PDF)

    What's Happening Next at Ocean Alternative?

    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.

    Click on an event & the details pop up
    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

    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)
    • Drive for Schools Fundraiser Helper


    closed for summer.  Phone messages will be checked regularly.

    A letter of thanks

    Dear Ocean Teachers and Staff,

    Thank you for your many years of dedication to generations of children, families and our community.  I believe every parent wants the best learning environment for their child. Together you’ve created a fun, creative supportive learning community for us all!
    As a Native American parent it is a cultural value of mine that all children are our children.  Each child should be cared for as part of our own family. This is the feeling my family experiences here at Ocean Alternative.  I often refer to you lovingly as the “aunties” because that is the term we use in our extended families, we have many aunties and uncles in our culture. 
    Through the years I’ve had the pleasure of knowing some of the Ocean staff more intimately and others only in passing.  I have two children that have  attended Ocean.  Isaac 21 and Ali 5.  I’ve had the extreme pleasure to watch Ocean grow and evolve over the years but there is one thing that remains consistent.  The staff has always had the utmost respect and honor for each individual child and family. It amazes me how you are able to take so many individual personalities, temperaments and parenting styles and blend us all together and provide the best learning environment ever!  I am truly inspired at your awesomeness, creativity and ability to make learning so much fun.  I find myself recalling my education experiences and often wish I had a school like Ocean when I was growing up. I am excited to attend school with my child, anticipating what wonderful creative experiences you will amaze us with that day!  
    So dear Ocean Family today and everyday may you be blessed and know deep in your heart that you are loved by my family and many families.  Your love, dedication, patience and caring shine through in all you do!
    Lynette, Isaac and Ali Rose 


    Notice of Park Reopenings!

    covidclosures - FRIENDS OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PARKS.pdf (PDF)Notice of Park Reopenings!


    Info about our Community Events 

    All Events have been cancelled through June

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