Private Schools: Alternative Education

(may offer help with learning differences or provide alternative teaching methods)

See also:

Private Schools: Special Education

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for all non-public schools and programs

California Department of Education Non-Public, Non-Sectarian School and Agencies
Searchable list of almost all of California’s private schools.  Search by name, county, type or by alphabetical order in the drop-down menu.

Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Brighworks K-12
A school based on the curriculum in Devers Tulley “Tinker Schools” which aims to take the “best practices from both early childhood education and hands-on, project-based experiential learning”  to provide a flexible, mixed-age community learning environment, designed to encourage “creative capacity, tenacity, and citizenship.”  Students work through phases of exploration and design, creation (with all types of tools and materials) and then presentation of the process and work to the school community.

Santa Cruz / Monterey

The Aptos Academy, Pre K-8
1940 Bonita Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
The Aptos Academy is a non-profit, non-denominational, independent school.  Students have individual attention in small classes.

Baymonte Christian School
5000 B Granite Creek Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Christian School Academic Day Program, for pre-K – 8th grade. Offers speech therapy & resource program.

Beach High School
5520 Old San Jose Road, Soquel, CA 95073
(Individualized self-study and alternative high school program, consulting, and diploma program offered)
“Beach High School offers teenagers an opportunity to gain the freedom to pursue their authentic interests and develop their natural talents outside of a traditional high school.”

MCP Middle and High School
117 Fern Street, Suite #150, Santa Cruz, CA
MCP provides personalized education programs for 6th-12th grade students through small classes for unique, gifted and talented students, including those with learning differences.

Montessori Scotts Valley
123 S. Navarra Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Multi-sensory, individualized, self-directed learning serving children l8 months through Kindergarten using the educational principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Monte Vista Christian School, Grades 6-12
2 School Way, Watsonville, CA
Monte Vista Christian School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day and boarding school. Offers Resource Program along with their regular academic day school

Orchard School, K-6
2288 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos, CA 95003
Orchard School has small class sizes, which provide academic “whole child” experiences that are hands-on and individualized.

Santa Cruz Montessori
6230 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003  –  Main Campus (Primary and Elementary)
244 Cabrillo College Drive, Soquel, CA 95073  -  Winston Campus (Young Children’s and Jr. High)
Individualized experiential classroom with a ‘whole child’ developmentally based Montessori learning environment for ages 18 months-15 years.
Junior High (Wavecrest)

Santa Cruz Waldorf Schools:
Santa Cruz Waldorf School  K-8

2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-425-0519 x 222

Santa Cruz Waldorf High School
111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz, CA 96060
Offers a well-rounded curriculum, including learning through classroom presentations, developmental art lessons, hand crafts and woodwork, eurythmy and dance, gardening, and natural play.

Seabright Montessori School
515 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Pre-K through Upper Elementary (ages 3-12) program based on the teachings and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.