Schools and IEP/504
Alternative Schools in our Area
Santa Cruz County Alternative Schools
ARK Independent Studies
Students come to the Ark for a seminar and an advisory every other week, as well as for individual meetings with their teachers on alternate weeks. During that time, students are given specific assignments, and course work is corrected and evaluated. Students meet in very small groups with their teachers to receive small group instruction, as well as tutorial help and academic and career counseling. Assignments are tailored to fit the individual student's interests and learning style. The program is available to self-disciplined and motivated students in grades 9–12 who are working toward a high school diploma.
Cypress Charter High School
Cypress is a small high school with just under 150 students. The staff has the luxury of getting to know all students as individuals, not just test-takers and consumers of information. As a charter, Cypress is open to high school-age students in Santa Cruz County, depending on available space. Inter-district transfers are not required.
Delta School (High School)
Delta works in partnership with Cabrillo and Santa Cruz City School District. They have a shortened day in the high school classroom as well as an independent study program. Students get support attending Cabrillo classes.(optional) 96% of their students go on to college. They offer a lot of support for students with mental health issues that may be getting in the way of success in a traditional high school.
Monterey Coast Prep - Middle and High School
MCP is a non-profit, independent school in Santa Cruz, focusing all of our resources on creating academic, social, and emotional success for all students. Grades 6-12. MCP is a WASC accredited middle and high school.
Star Academy (Middle and High School)
The website says that it is for high school but they also have a middle school. Parent in our group says that the teacher in the middle school is really good with active kids.
IEP and 504 help
Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE)
Concurrent Enrollment with a Traditional High School
Alternative Schools in the Bay Area
Silicon Valley Flex Academy - Public Charter School
Morgan Hill (Grades 6 thru 12)
Hope Technology School - Palo Alto - Private
Inclusive Education, Innovative Technology
(Grades Preschool thru 8)
Skylar Hadden - Private - Special Ed. San Jose
(Grades K thru 12)
Pine Hill School - Second Start Learning - Private
Special Ed. San Jose
(Grades K thru 12)
Fusion Academy - An alternative private middle and high school in Los Gatos with one-to-one classes and flexible scheduling.
There are many small group and classroom opportunities in our community. Santa Cruz has a very large homeschool community and it is even supported as an option in our school district. You can have an IEP and receive appropriate support as indicated in your IEP. Parents work with a teacher to design a curriculum. Some programs have sports and social opportunities. Here are some of the more popular programs. Some schools, like Scotts Valley and Mountain School, also have programs. Homeschool works best with kids who are inquisitive. Many find if the students can follow their own interests, engagement increases. For example, History was a drag until it changed to History of Rock. The unit covered the Slavery,Roaring 20's, Civil Rights movement, etc. but used the students interest in music.
AFE - http://www.afe.santacruz.k12.ca.us
Ocean Grove - http://www.ogcs.org
SLVUSD Charter: http://charter.slvusd.org/
(This includes Coast Redwood Middle and High School which is a hybrid classroom/ independent study program)
Pacific Coast Charter School: http://www.pccs.pvusd.net/
See Small Group Classes to give you ideas on how to create a home curriculum.
Online options for core classes:
Brigham Young University - http://is.byu.edu
Alex - http://www.aleks.com (math classes)
Bravewriter - http://www.bravewriter.com (Language Arts)
I love these classes because it broke everything down into little pieces.
Here is a longer list put together by AFE parents and staff: