Alternative Family Education

Supporting Families for Over 25 Years

Alternative Family Education (AFE) is an independent home study school provided for kindergarten through twelfth grade students and families who prefer an individualized approach to education, combined with the support of school district resources. See the About AFE page for more information. AFE is part of the Santa Cruz City Schools district.

Resource Center Phone & Hours: (831) 429-3898 / Monday–Thursday, 10:00–3:00.

Current Announcements

Be sure to check our School Calendar for all upcoming classes and events.

AFE Graduation
Thursday, June 8
3:00 PM

Congratulations to AFE for achieving Scholar School status!

The Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) and the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) has announced that AFE has been selected at an Honor Roll "Scholar School".

Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.

“We are so proud to be recognized by leaders in the California business community for our schools,” said Superintendent Kris Munro. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improve our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”

Science Fair Success!

AFE Takes Top Prize at 2017 Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair, sweeping awards for each AFE participant!

For the second year in a row, AFE’s student scientists swept the Santa Cruz County Science Fair Awards at the ceremony on 3/20/17. Competing against 336 projects from around the county, each of the 5 AFE projects were recognized with an award, including the top prize, Best of Show! Hands-on projects and diving deep into content are hallmarks of homeschooling: congrats to all of our student scientists and engineers!

AFE students Max Freedman and Jackson Damhorst won Best Overall Senior Project for: Effects of Varroa Mite Treatments on Bee Memory.  Their best of show win means they’ll compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles in May, as well as the California State Science Fair in Los Angeles in April. They were awarded First Place/Senior/Animal Sciences and special awards as well. Last year, Freedman won a first place, senior award, for his project "Bang For your Buck: Engineering a Hydrogen Fuel Cell with Common Materials."

AFE student Benjamin Kolland won First Place/Senior/Physics for his project: Drag-n-Fly: Optimization of Drag Coefficient Calculations from Rocket Altimeter Data. He was also awarded 2 special awards. Last year, Kolland won Best of Show in the 2016 AFE winner sweep, as well as a first place, senior award, for "Project ARROW: Autonomous Rocket Return On Wings.” He will also compete at the California State Science Fair in April.

AFE student Scout Bauman’s project "Do Plants and Music Mix?" won Second Place/Junior/Plant Sciences.

AFE student Jonah Bell’s project "AM/PM Guinea Pigs" won Second Place/Junior/Animal Sciences.

AFE student Kumalo Alm’s project "Make It Loud: How Distance Effects Volume" won Project of Merit/Junior/Physics

AFE mom Patty Freedman led google hangout sessions for setting up and working through a science fair project - big thanks to her for helping all those who participated in the AFE Science Fair and County Fair.

AFE Community Council

Our AFE Community Council meets monthly as an opportunity for parents, students and staff to meet to discuss student needs, organize family efforts in support of AFE, and brainstorm about anything you bring to the meeting. Our regular monthly meeting are the 4th Tuesday at every month in Palazzo Studio from 1-2 pm - Tuesday, March 28. All students and family members are welcome!

   Contact Nancy Aylsworth if you have questions at 429-3898 x334.


AFE Talent Sharing

Friday, April 28th 7:00. Dancers, musicians, martial artists, comedians, actors, mathematicians, scientists, magicians, jugglers, and talents of all stripes welcome! Step right up to one of the greatest variety shows on Earth! To view more photos of AFE activities click this link!

   Talent Sharing Forms will be up in the RC the week after Follywood. Please fill out your Talent Sharing Form complete with the way you’d like to be introduced and drop it in the envelope next to the sign up in the RC. 

   DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, April 14, 3:00!! All acts subject to approval by the AFE staff so we need to see lyrics, scripts, etc by APRIL 14, in order to give approval in a timely way for any necessary revisions. 


Fall Campout

For those of you who like to plan ahead...

Be sure to save September 15-17, 2017 for our fall AFE CAMP OUT!! It's fun, so tell your friends!!!







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• Student Resource Directory — For the first time, Santa Cruz County youth and parents looking for support have a user-friendly online directory of local resources such as nutrition, mentoring and health.

• BSSC has become an affiliate site for Bookshop Santa Cruz. Anything purchased through this BSSC Affiliate link will be credited toward the purchase of new books for our library.

Official Dates & Holidays for 2016–2017

August 24 — First Day of School
September  5 — Labor Day Holiday
November 11 — Veteran's Day Holiday
November 23–25 — Thanksgiving Holiday Break
December 23–January 8 — Winter Holiday Break
January 16 — Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 23 — Staff Development Day (RC Closed)
February 13 — Lincoln's Birthday Holiday
February 20 — President's Day Holiday
April 3–7 — Spring Break Holiday
May 29 — Memorial Day Holiday
June 8 — Last Student Day

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