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Alternative Education Schools

Santa Cruz Teen Center

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Santa Cruz Teen Center is an Independent Study program uniquely tailored to meet the individual academic, social and personal needs of every student. Students are expected to attend every day unless they have a job or are pregnant and/or parenting. Student work is individualized and customized according to the interests and skill level of each participant. One-on-one attention and cooperative team interaction make this program a success and attract a diverse population of self-motivated individuals. The atmosphere is casual and dynamic, encouraging all types of positive self-expression in a caring, supportive and understanding environment.

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.

Map to Santa Cruz Community/Phoenix Academy School


  • From the County Office of Education, take Highway 1 North toward Santa Cruz.
  • Turn right at River St.
  • Cross Highway 1.
  • Turn right on Water Street.
  • Turn left on Center Street.
  • The school is located inside Louden Nelson in the Teen Center.

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.