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

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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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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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Ocean Alternative Education Center
Address: 984-6 Bostwick Lane
Santa Cruz, California
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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

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