Alternative Education Kicks Off Second Semester with Renewed Energy and Achievements

The COE kicked off our mid-year graduation ceremonies Wednesday for students attending alternative education schools in the North County. Students from Oasis High, Star Community School, Highlands Community School, Seabright High and the Cottage received their diplomas and celebrated with teachers, family and friends Wednesday at the Portuguese Hall in Santa Cruz. Speakers included Yvette Brooks, Vice Mayor of Capitola and Executive Director of nonprofit Your Future is Our Business; Sue Roth, President of the Santa Cruz County Board of Education; and John Rice, Executive Director of Alternative Education Programs at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

Mid-year graduations continue Friday at Sequoia Schools in Watsonville. Serving over 1,000 students at small school sites across Santa Cruz County, Alternative Education Programs provide unique educational experiences for youth seeking an alternative to the traditional school setting as they pursue their high school diploma – prioritizing individual and small-group instruction in a supportive environment. Learn more at at