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Alternative Education


Alternative Education Update – June 2022

Alternative Education graduated over 300 students in the month of May. Between Alternative Education and the Career Advancement Charter, we hosted 15 ceremonies. Thank you …

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A Study of Artists at DeWitt

In 2019, the Santa Cruz COE received a Student Support and Enrichment Grant from the California Department of Education

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Sequoia Schools Teacher Spotlight: Michele Delibert

Michele Delibert, a math teacher at Sequoia High School in Watsonville, takes the phrase “goes above and beyond” to the next level.

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Lighthouse Student and Potential Eagle Scout Transforms School Garden

Students at Lighthouse High School are enjoying their new beautiful garden thanks to Senior Joe Briskey and his Eagle Scout project.

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Safe Havens for Optimal Learning: Professional Development in Alternative Education

The Alternative Education Department of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education finished a yearlong training initiative in Trauma Informed Care.

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2015 Alternative Education Program Graduation

The Alternative Education Program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education held two mid-year graduation ceremonies on January 19th.

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Art and Fashion at the Lighthouse School

The Lighthouse School is a program that the Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s Special Education Department has been proud to administer for the past 3 years.

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Alternative Education Launches Trauma-Informed Care Initiative

Increasingly, public K-12 schools have noted and looked for ways to incorporate the ever-growing research that toxic stress or trauma affects the brain development and function of children.

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Ponderosa Boat Works Sails Through Summer School

Thanks to a generous offer made by the University of California Santa Cruz, eight students from the Ponderosa Boat Works haven’t missed a beat to quarters, a jibe, a tack, a tide, or a westerly wind.

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Two Alternative Education Programs Partner with Habitat for Humanity

Natural Bridges High School and Ponderosa High School, which both have Green Careers Training Programs, have begun a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

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