Alternative Family Education


Alternative Family Education

Drive for Schools - Fundraiser!
Win cash prizes!
The Parent Club works with AFE staff and parents to keep enriching opportunities available for our students.Our fundraising efforts involve financial support for the activities that help make AFE special: Arts activities (such as theater, clay studio, improv), STEM learning opportunities (such as ROV and chess), and community building activities such as the beach bonfire, Camp Loma and, new this year, campus beautification projects.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has once again generously sponsored the annual Drive for Schools Fundraiser with a grand prize of $25,000 cash, five $1,000 cash prizes and many other items! (

One way to raise funds for our school outside of making direct donations or purchasing tickets yourself, is to sell Drive For Schools tickets to your friends, family, neighbors and community at large. Share this facebook post through social media, email friends and family directly, or stand outside of a grocery store and sell to passersby!

By purchasing and selling Drive For Schools tickets you are supporting the future of these programs at AFE. Tickets are available:

• in the RC for in-person purchases (cash or check only)

• in the RC to pick up and sell to others (unsold tickets, ticket stubs, and payments--cash or check only--are due back in the RC by 3 pm on Oct 15th).

• to be purchased online (PayPal & major credit cards) at the Parent Club's temporary website,

If purchasing in person, bring address labels (or ask Dorothee to print them for you) to make the process go quickly. Be sure to return your ticket stubs by 3 pm on Friday, Oct 15th.

When you purchase online we will gladly fill in your Drive for School ticket information and enter you into the drawing. Online sales end on Oct 17th and the drawing will be held on Sunday, October 24th, 2021.


AFE Parent Club

Ask Dorothee for tickets and label printing:
Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 10-5, Wed 10-1


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 Gail Mabrouk, our interim registrar, for more information about
Santa Cruz City School's K-12 Homeschool/Independent Study Program
phone 831-429-3898 ext. 55214, email [email protected]

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.


AFE Resource Center online:

The BSSC Library has great resources here:

and on the BSSC Library page:
BSSC Library Link




AFE Teacher-Led Enrichment Class Offerings

Fall 2021
Elementary K - 5 Mondays 9:00 - 9:20 Crissy: Mindfulneess (Zoom) (K-2) 9:00 - 9:30 Amelia: Community Connection (Zoom) (3-5) Tuesdays 9:00 - 9:20 Ayala: Brain Ticklers (Zoom) (K-3) 1:00 - 2:30 Elizabeth: Book Club (K-3) Wednesdays 9:00 - 9:20
Nancy: Community Circle (Zoom) (K-3) 10:00 - 12:30 Elizabeth: Marine Science - Tidepools (K-2) 10:00 - 12:30 Amelia: Human Biology (3-5) Thursdays 9:00 - 9:20 Elizabeth: Interactive Read Aloud (Zoom) (K-3) Fridays 9:00 - 9:15 Amelia: Improv Theater (Zoom) (K-2) 9:15 - 9:45 Amelia: Community Connection (Zoom) (3-5)
Middle School - Tuesdays Crissy: Marine Science 10:00 - 12:30 Nancy: Writing Our Stories 12:00 - 2:30

High School - Thursdays Peter: Economics 10-12 Ayala: Listen Up! Podcast Exploration 1-3
Volleyball 6th-12th

Mon 1-3 (start 8/16), Wed 10-12 (started 8/18) Fri games 12-2 or 11-1, depending on league schedule (started 9/3) Clay Studio all ages Mondays 1-3 and Wednesdays 1-3, staff led Please contact Amelia or Ayala for details.
Some things to note:  * You may opt to take one, or both, of the classes offered at your grade level span.  
(Note: You may notice an overlap of time in the middle school classes.  This allows for time for the entire middle school group to come together for some outdoor games and fun connections! ) * At all grade levels, in the Spring a different set of classes will be offered. So definitely do join in on any of these Fall classes that seem like a good fit for your family!   We are excited to welcome you back to our (new!) campus buildings and to share some wonderful learning explorations through these classes (and other events to come)! In the meantime, feel free to reach out to your consultant teacher or to Michelle McKinney with questions. See you soon! The AFE teachers

Community Offers Games Group, all ages Monday, 3 - 5, Room 2. Dorothee, all ages, outside or Room 2
Chess Club with Gjon Feinstein
, Grades 2-12 Monday, 3:15 - 4:00 Beginner, 4:15 - 5 Intermediate, Palazzo Through September.
 JSA Club, student led w/teacher support, Grades 8-12, Wed 12:30-2
US History (post Civil War), led by Leisl Ludington, Grades 9-12, Tue. 10-12
Improv Theater, led by Sam Sterbenz Wednesdays, 11-12 Zoom, 12:30-1:30 live on the green Through September

ROV, parent-led by Eric Lamascus, Grades 6-12, Fridays 9:30-11
Local Ecology, parent-led by Hannah Nevins, Grades 3-5, Thu. 9:30-12

 Student-Led Play, Amelia, Grades 4-7, Fridays 3:30-5, 10/8-11/12.
Tech Week November 15-18. performances 11/19 and 11/20.

AFE Classes & Groups Schedule




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