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Seacliff Academy

Seacliff Academy is a California Private School Satellite Program (PSP) that provides enrollment to home-educated children in grades K-12.  We file a private school affidavit (PSA) with the state of California, so you won't need to.  Enrollment with Seacliff Academy includes fulfillment of the state's compulsory education requirement, all state-required record-keeping, progress reports and transcripts, work permits, student ID cards, documentation for community college dual-enrollment, and optional online student/parent guidance and mentoring meetings to help your family plan and implement your own individualized learning plan.

While Seacliff Academy does not teach students directly-parents are the teachers of their own children-we are here to help make home-education as easy and fulfilling as possible, while giving students the freedom to learn in ways that work for them. 

Our students have the freedom to pursue their passions and interests, and can turn them into classes on their record of credit or transcripts.  We support our students in finding creative ways to learn traditional subjects, while honoring who they are and what their goals are.

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Children in the Garden
Teenagers Hiking in Forest


The subtext in our name says it all- Engage in the moment.  Prepare for the Future.  Learn for a lifetime.  Seacliff Academy encourages students to fully engage with, and be passionate about, what they are learning in the now. We want to help them appreciate the present, and have the time to delve deeply into subjects and interests of their choosing.  Seacliff Academy also helps prepare students to be ready for anything the future holds-whether that be college, trade-school, starting a business, raising a family, or traveling the world.  We inspire our students to become life-long learners- people who know how to set goals for themselves, and can learn how to achieve those goals.  We want to support each family in embracing our motto and creating a learning environment where students can truly engage in the moment, prepare for the future, and learn for a lifetime!


Meet the Director

Seacliff Academy is founded and directed by Carol Bowles.  Carol holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a CA Multiple-Subject Teacher Credential. She has been teaching in public and private schools since 2001, including teaching children and teenagers with special needs, teaching reading intervention, 2nd grade, teaching art to students in grades K-12, and being a consultant at a public school home-based independent study program.  She is also the co-founder of the homeschool program Acton Academy Santa Cruz.

Carol was homeschooled for a time herself as a child, and when traditional school wasn't working for her own three children, she began homeschooling them as well.  It's been 12 years since she began her journey as a homeschool parent, and she has never looked back.  Carol is still teaching and homechooling her youngest teenage son, and is thrilled to be able to share her experience with other families- giving them support and guidance on their own homeschool path.  She wants families to experience the freedom and benefits of home-education, living and learning in a way that is meaningful and engaging to them, without having to fit into a prescribed box of someone else's choosing.  Carol's goal is to support you in making your home-education journey the joyful, engaging, freedom-driven experience it can be!

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