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Alternative Education Schools

Louden Nelson Community School

Louden Nelson Community School serves students with both Classroom and Independent Studies programs located in Downtown Santa Cruz.

Focused on life skills as well as academics, the program is also an opportunity to get involved in the community.

Louden Nelson was a Santa Cruz resident in the 1850ís. A former slave, Nelson donated his land to the school district upon his death in 1860. The community center was built as an elementary school in 1932, but is now named after Nelson for his support of local schools.

School-Wide Goals

In Alternative Education, we become more...
Literate -    Knowledgable, life-long learners.
Ethical -     Kind to ourselves, others, and the world.
Empowered -     Prepared to create our futures.

Loudon Nelson Community School map


    From the Santa Cruz County Office of Education:
  • Turn right at River Street
  • Cross Highway 1
  • Turn Right on Water Street
  • Turn Left on Center Street

The school is located inside the Loudon Nelson Center, in Room 6.

Also visit the Alternative Education Programs Career Center.

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Santa Cruz County Office of Education  |  400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  |  831.466.5600  |  Fax: 831.466.5607
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides quality educational programs and services to a diverse community.