School Details

Alternative Family Education School

840 North Branciforte Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 429-3898

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-12 164 students 29 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Alternative Family Education School is a public high school in Santa Cruz. The principal of Alternative Family Education School is Curt Coleman. 164 children attend Alternative Family Education School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 6% of the Alternative Family Education School students have "limited English proficiency." 8% of the 164 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Alternative Family Education School is 29:1. Ark Independent Studies School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% 58%
Hispanic 8% 28%
Asian 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Unspecified 13% 7%
Filipino 0% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4688%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 26%
Limited English proficiency 6% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    AFE is a great homeschool / classes hybrid. You can do their classes or go on your own but they have a great community to help kids and parents with homeschooling.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love any type of schooling that does not submit kids to standardized testing.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our family joined AFE in 2004. Our three children enjoy the classes! AFE's emphasis is on theater and they also offer plenty of opportunity to participate in science social studies art sports you name it depending on input from families and the teachers' own interest. The teachers support whatever intensity and structure or unschooling atmosphere families want to create for themselves and go far above and beyond what they are paid for. Parents participate by assisting in classes holding workshops and classes and helping out with all the volunteer jobs. We are a great community! And our kids love it especially now that AFE has its own campus (as part of the Branciforte Small Schools campus) and they get to socialize with their friends join the games group participate in the creation of a yearbook ...

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a homeschool program through the city school district that has been going for quite a while. My child has been there for two years and is just feeling like he's getting to know people. There's sort of an insider group of people who have been there longer and some aren't that friendly and some are. I as a parent have found very little support among other parents there. They do have classes for the students which seem somewhat to be randomly chosen by what the teachers feel like teaching--there is very little parent input as to subject matter. They have a farely good library.

  • (9 years ago)

    Homeschool program that offers district resources such as teachers enrichment classes and a wonderful resource center. AFE makes the homeschooling family feel part of a rich learning community. Helpful for the student who needs independent study. Also helpful for new homeschoolers.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school moved twice in 3 years and could not tell the families enrolled what would be offered to the children until well into the school year like mid-October! The school district does not for one understand what the families enrolled in the program really want nor does the district want the program to succeed. On a positive note the teachers were a pleasure to work with.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is an outstanding option for parents who have the time and the will to educate their own children. There is plenty of support within the Resource center through the teachers and from other parents.

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