Welcome to Alternative Family Education K–12
AFE Campus

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.

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

Current Announcements

Enrichment classes start 9/15Enrichment classes for different age groups start this week. Check out our calendar for updates on days/times. Please note that Juniors and Seniors will be given priority in selecting high school courses if space becomes limited. Thank you for your understanding.

Help Clean Up Our Campus — Sept. 27th, 9–11 am. Please join us for a morning of AFE campus beautification. Bring garden gloves and hand tools. It will be a fun time to chat and be part of the worldwide Green Apple Day of Service event.

Santa Cruz Storytelling Festival — Sept. 27, 2–3, 3:30–4:30 & 7–9pm. Outdoor Stage, BSSC Campus. This is a fundraiser for the Branciforte Small Schools! See the flyer.


Current AFE Families: Subscribe to AFE's Newsletter mailing list— Please sign up to receive our newsletter via email by filling out the form on our Newsletter page.

AFE Site Council — Our Site Council meets monthly as a liaison between parents and staff to inform and guide decision making, promote family and student needs, and organize family efforts in support of AFE. Meeting times TBD. All students and family members are welcome!

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 2014–2015

August 27 — First Day of School
September  1 — Labor Day Holiday
November 11 — Veteran's Day Holiday
November 26–28 — Thanksgiving Holiday Break
December 19–January 2 — Winter Holiday Break
January 19 — Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 26 — Staff Development Day (RC Closed)
February 9 — Lincoln's Birthday Holiday
February 16 — President's Day Holiday
March 30–April 3 — Spring Break Holiday
May 25 — Memorial Day Holiday
June 11 — Last Student Day