840 North Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
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?
phone 831-429-3898 ext. 201, email email@example.com or email Dorothee, AFE Resource Specialist and alumni mom, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hillsdale College Online Courses
Free Courses : All courses are available free of charge to any who wish to learn.
These free, not-for-credit courses are taught by Hillsdale College faculty and are patterned after the education offered on the Hillsdale College campus. They aim to provide students with an education that pursues knowledge of the highest things, provides insight into the nature of God and man, forms character, and defends constitutional government.
Millions of people have taken Hillsdale College online courses. Select a course to join them and start learning today.
Constitution 101: the Meaning and History of the Constitution; The Great American Story, A Land of Hope; Classic Children’s Literature –
Homeschool Association of California
The Homeschool Association of California is a nonprofit volunteer-run homeschool organization.
TOLL-FREE PHONE LINE 888-472-4440
Do you have an urgent question or problem? Do you need information quickly? Volunteer homeschooling parents take turns answering our toll-free phone line and they are ready to help you find the help and information you need. If you are looking for support, please call us today!
Through intellectual challenge in a responsive environment, Kirby empowers students to shape their futures with confidence. Our students learn to think critically, develop their creativity, and engage diverse communities with thoughtfulness and respect.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kirby School.
While there are many ways to learn about our program, an in-person visit is the most advantageous to prospective parents and students.
However, while our campus is temporarily closed due to the Shelter in Place mandate in California, we invite you to speak with a member of our community to ask questions and learn about Kirby from firsthand experience.
Current parents, students, and faculty are available and eager to share their perspectives and answer your questions. Please let us know and we will connect you!
If you would like to receive an Admissions Packet or would like more information about our application process, please email Admissions Director, Emily Lamoureux ’00, email@example.com.
Mount Madonna School
At MMS we strive to prepare well-rounded human beings who not only get into and succeed in college, but learn to value collaboration, form meaningful relationships and engage with their local communities, nation and the world. Come see education through our students’ eyes: Montessori-based Pre/K program, 375-acre campus, science and technology labs, competitive athletic program, outdoor adventure and life skills, regional, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, marine biology and oceanography on Catalina Island, visual and performing arts.
For more than 40 years, Mount Madonna School has offered students a quality education based on academic excellence, positive character development and creative self-expression. Preschool through high school; fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Mount Madonna is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual and ethical growth. We support our students to become caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals. We believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society.
- Our learning community, which includes students, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and families
- Intellectual inquiry that fosters a love of learning, self-discipline and perseverance
- Continual exploration of how our students learn best
- The development of relationships based on self-acceptance, empathy, honesty, integrity, respectful communication and shared experiences
- The transformative power of the creative process
- Experiential outdoor learning that inspires an appreciation for nature, environmental stewardship and a sense of well-being
Santa Cruz, California
Ocean Alternative Education Center
Ocean Alternative Education Center is the homeschool program for the Live Oak School District. We provide 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.
Ocean Online online curriculum with teacher support available
Adaptable Curriculum * Flexible Schedule * Weekly meetings with teacher * Optional Learning Lab *
Grades 3 – 8 * Enrichment classes
Live Oak, K-8, only enrolling in-district students at this time
984-6 Bostwick Lane
Santa Cruz, California 95062
(831) 475-0767 Phone