Education PreK-12

Alternative Family Education
Address: Branciforte Small Schools Campus
840 North Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

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Alternative Family Education

Interested in Homeschooling with Alternative Family Education? Have you discovered homeschooling works well for your child and your family? Or is the uncertainty of this time leading you to explore other options of public education? Are you curious how homeschooling can work with you and your child choosing your curriculum, supported by a consultant teacher?

Please contact Sara Homan, our registrar, for more information about Santa Cruz City School’s K-12 Homeschool/Independent Study Program.

phone 831-429-3898 ext. 201, email or email Dorothee, AFE Resource Specialist and alumni mom,

AFE can enroll students 6th-12th grade as transfers from other districts, but Santa Cruz City Schools is not able to accept elementary students from outside of the district, sorry!

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Business Phone Number: 831-429-3898 ext. 201
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Athena’s Advanced Academy
Short Business Description: Online courses for gifted kids & teens
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Athena’s Advanced Academy


Athena’s Advanced Academy creates an inspiring learning environment with dynamic, interactive online courses with live weekly webinars for gifted and talented students, including 2e.

We help parents educate their gifted children so they can nurture their child’s development to the highest potential. Dedicated, passionate educators support and encourage Athena’s students to develop their talents and grow into confident, proficient lifelong learners.

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California Connections Academy Monterey K-12
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California Connections Academy Monterey K-12
California Connections Academy is a good fit for students who:

Need a supportive learning environment
Need caring, certified teachers to cultivate learning
May not thrive in a traditional school setting
Need more time or flexible pacing

Choosing the right school makes all the difference
When students feel safe and supported, they are open to learning. And when they are given the right amount of challenge and reward, they thrive.

That’s why at Connections Academy, parents and caring, certified teachers collaborate to give students the individual attention they need, whether that’s through accelerated courses or extra support for struggling students.

See how Connections Academy brings out the best in every student!

Your student will grow academically and socially through:

Tuition-free online school for grades TK-12
Caring, certified teachers trained to teach online
High-quality curriculum with electives at every grade level
Teachers and parents who work together to support learning

Business Phone Number: 855-917-1894
California Virtual Academy K-12
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California Virtual Academy, California, K-12

Our network of nine California Virtual Academies uses the K12 online curriculum to offer California students in grades K–12 an engaging learning experience. With personalized learning approaches, the academies and K12 provide the tools kids need to succeed—in school and beyond.

Here’s why California families have chosen the network of nine California Virtual Academies for their kids:

Our experienced, California-credentialed teachers, who are available online, by phone, and during in-person meetings.


The rigorous, engaging K12 curriculum, that covers both the core subject areas and electives. This curriculum packages high-quality lessons that help students achieve success at each and every level.


The online planning and assessment tools, resources, and hands-on materials* ranging from textbooks to microscopes, rocks and dirt to beautifully illustrated classic children’s stories, and much more.


Our active, supportive school community, which organizes fun and informative monthly activities where California Virtual Academies’ parents, students, and staff share their successes, helpful hints, and more.


The rigorous, tuition-free online public education that enables a learning experience that is personalized for each childThe network of the nine California Virtual Academies is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for all academies, grades K–12, with the exception of our newest programs which are in the accreditation process.

Our Mission
The mission of the network of the nine California Virtual Academies is to provide California students with an excellent education, grounded in high academic standards, which will help them achieve their full academic and social potential.

The core philosophy of the California Virtual Academies is that all young people can achieve academic excellence if they are provided rigorous instruction, high standards, informed guidance, and individual attention. Although we use the computer as a learning tool, we believe that education is primarily a human endeavor that relies on caring individuals, involved parents, and committed teachers.

Our Vision
The network of the nine California Virtual Academies will serve as an example of how a school’s parents, students, and teachers can reach their goals of achieving an excellent education through the effective use of technology. In conception, design, and delivery, the schools will be a model of innovation and excellence.


*Course materials vary by course and school. Please check with your school about offline course materials.

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Business Phone Number: 866.339.6787
Cartooning Classes for Kids
Address: 317 Hames Hollow, Aptos, CA
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Cartooning Classes for Kids
Specializing in cartooning classes for kids of all ages, Kiwi Studios owner Jon Hastings has taught cartooning for nearly three decades to hundreds of students in schools, museums and civic arts programs. His classes are geared to all levels of ability and skill and can be customized to individuals or groups.

Jon Hastings, professional cartoonist, writer and art teacher, teaches you and/or your kids the semi-honorable art of CARTOONING directly right at you in your own home through the magic of ZOOM!


Profesional toon-monkey for 27 years, teacher for 30
Has taught hundreds of students and the majority of them turned out OK!
Owns 75 Hawaiian shirts and if you want, will wear a different one for each class.
Has been known to tolerate children for several hours at a time.
Classes are $50/hour and scheduling is flexible.
Discount for multiple students.

Business Phone Number: 831-761-5494
Chartwell School
Address: 2511 Numa Watson Rd, Seaside CA
Short Business Description: Chartwell School empowers bright students with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia.
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Chartwell School, located in Seaside, educates students who are struggling in mainstream classroom settings; including those students with learning challenges like dyslexia. Chartwell considers each student’s unique needs to provide them with the academic skills, confidence, and creativity needed to meet the challenges of future educational endeavors.

Students in grades 2–8 acquire academic skills as they are taught from a research-based curriculum which emphasizes multi-sensory phonemic aware- ness. For students in grades 9-12, the college prep program delivers project- based learning and related field experiences. Students can also experience the 4-week summer program which emphasizes literacy and enrichment skills.

Chartwell School diagnostically educates students with language-related learning variations such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder. Chartwell’s mission is to equip children with the academic skills, confidence, perseverance and creativity necessary to succeed in mainstream schools and in life.   Our specially trained teachers work with students who are behind in certain skill areas to close those gaps while also encouraging students to develop their areas of strength. A Chartwell education includes small class size, specially-trained instructors, a carefully designed curriculum, an award-winning green campus, and all the electives, arts and sports that enrich a student’s school experience.   On the second Tuesday of every month, Chartwell offers an informal tour to all community members. Please our website for more information.
High School   Middle School   Lower School   Library

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Business Phone Number: 831.394.3468
Coryell Autism Center
Address: 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz CA
Short Business Description: The Coryell Autism Center is a nonprofit, private school in Santa Cruz, California
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Coryell Autism Center

The Coryell Autism Center is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing specially-designed services people with autism the Center is named in recognition of the Coryell Family Foundation’s ongoing support of individuals with autism in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Business Phone Number: 831 -713 -2288
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Gateway School  K-8
Address: 255 Swift St., Santa Cruz CA 95060
Short Business Description: Gateway School, founded in 1970, is an independent, co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through Middle School.
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Gateway School, founded in 1970, is an independent, co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through Middle School. Our mission is to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.

We nurture academic success and intellectual curiosity, personal character and integrity, and individual agency and engagement. Our program is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. Our students develop communication and collaboration skills while becoming compassionate and responsible citizens.

We feature Art, Music, Spanish, Mindfulness, Life Lab Science, and a Makerspace as integral parts of our program, along with small classes, a gorgeous nine-acre campus, and a loving community of families.

Gateway is the only K-8 school in Santa Cruz accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). We invite all families to visit our website or schedule a tour, and get to know our community!

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Business Phone Number: 831.423.0341
Good Shepherd Catholic School
Address: 2727 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz
Short Business Description: Welcoming children of all faiths for the last 55 years, our highly qualified faculty and staff provide a well-rounded curriculum that is project-based and faith driven.
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Good Shepherd Catholic School, Preschool – 8th grade
Welcoming children of all faiths for the last 55 years, our highly qualified faculty and staff provide a well-rounded curriculum that is project-based and faith driven. Spanish, art and life lab classes are part of the school’s curriculum with technology integrated throughout the school day.


The school’s focus on community service gives the students numerous opportunities to learn and practice Catholic social teachings firsthand. Students may participate in the school’s highly successful interscholastic sports program including golf, flag football, basketball, lacrosse and soccer beginning at grade two.

After-school care is available until 6:00 PM. Please join us at our annual Open House in January. For more information, call 831.476.4000 or visit our website.

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Business Phone Number: 831.476.4000