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    Virtual Open House Thursday, May 28 from 5 to 6 pm (click here for details)

    Join us for a Zoom Open House on Thursday, May 28th, from 5-6pm OR Tuesday, June 9th, from 10-11am to learn more about homeschooling/independent study for your K-8 student through the Ocean Alternative program in Live Oak.


    First Half- Learn about our program and how we support families

    Second Half- Q&A with families currently enrolled at Ocean Alternative

    Join the Zoom using the following links:

    Thursday, May 28th, 5pm--


    Tuesday, June 9th, 10am--

    Ocean Alternative provides educational support that meets the needs of families and their children who desire a home-community based, family-centered learning experience. Each student is honored as a unique human being with their own valuable talents, abilities and potential that can best be developed through a personalized education. We encourage the unique way that the learning process unfolds for each student. It is our goal to enable students to be self-directed, motivated, and competent life long learners.

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    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 learning more about our school, please complete the New Student Information Survey.

    2020/21 School Year

    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
    End of Year Celebration & Graduation


    Wed, June 3rd     12:30 to 1:30 pm                                                      Virtual End of the Year Celebration  During the ceremony, we will be honoring our volunteers, staff, graduates and students.  Everyone is welcome to join in our celebration!

    (The Zoom link will be available on our website on June 1.  There is also a practice zoom available on June 1 for anyone who wants to make sure they have the right connection.)

    Friday, June 5th,     12:00 to 1:00

    Farewell Car Parade  - This event is for ALL OA families to drive through the Green Acres Parking loop to say goodbye to the staff and receive a yearbook. 

    Health guidelines are as follows: keep windows closed, only one person exits the car to pick up a yearbook, and no parking allowed.  Please respect our staff by keeping a 6 foot distance at all times.

    May 25 - 29 THIS WEEK AT OCEAN

    5/25 Monday, Memorial Day

    5/26   Tuesday, Sea Urchins Lunch Story Continues "Bunnicula" with Deb 12:15 to 1:30 (if you missed last week, you can listen to the audio recording)

    5/27 Wednesday, Groupers 

    Last Author's Chair with Deb   12 to 12:30

    Joy is Retiring

    We are putting together a memory book for Joy as she leaves Ocean Alternative after 20 years of service.  Please send a digital copy of a page of thanks from your family or drop it by the office any day this week.  The deadline is Friday, May 22.

    Message to families on Joy's page

    Google Classroom for All Students

    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
    OA Parent Input for 2020/21

    Parent Survey - please complete by June 4

    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!


    School Closure for Remainder of School Year

    Library Open on Mondays

    10 am to 2 pm

    Info about our Community Events 

    All Events have been cancelled through June

    Save the Date