Alternative Family Education


How does our independent study program work for high school?
AFE High School Zoom Info Night

Monday, 6/1 at 5:00pm
with consultant teacher Peter Deutsch,
Peter will email the zoom link to all high school families that respond to him.
This event is also open to families with younger students that want this info.

Virtual FashionTeens show available for viewing tomorrow, Monday June 1st!

Please support our AFE students who participated this year in FashionTeens Santa Cruz' virtual fashion show. We have 6 AFE students sharing designs this year!!!

Due to Covid 19 and the continuing Shelter In Place order FashionTeens had to be presented virtually this year. Undaunted, students created videos from their homes which were then edited into one fun, fantastic video.

FashionTeens is open to all middle and high schools students in Santa Cruz County. The students who participate are encouraged to make designs utilizing recycled and repurposed materials.

Watch at Video will be available for viewing after 9am.

Enrolling New Families at AFE

Interested in Homeschooling?
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

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!

Schools closed until the end of the school year!
AFE families: Please feel free to contact our teachers for a personal phone call if you want.

If  you want any resources from the AFE library, please check for availability and let Dorothee know. She'll bring them to you.

The BSSC Library has great resources here:

and on the BSSC Library page:
BSSC Library Link

Teacher-led and some parent- and student-led classes are happening online.
Sched Spring 20
Schedule 2020 Spring.pdf
Thank you, Lucy (director), Isabella, Maya, and Isaac (hosts), families and staff!
Movie links will follow.

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There will probably be 2-3 Climate Change science nights;
it's a big topic that touches all areas of life.

Science Night "Evolution & the Environment" - 2/20/2020

Where do all the amazing species on earth come from?
How do we know how old fossils are?
Why did the dinosaurs die out?
How did plants get from water to land?
What happens when food gets scarce? Will the Tweezerbills, large-beaked Spoonbills, or small-beaked Spoonbills survive?

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