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Small School to Ensure Community ~ Environment of Mutual Respect/Child-Centeredness ~ Priority on Developing Child’s Sense of Self-Worth ~ Commitment to Meeting Children’s Needs Emotionally, Socially, Physically as well as Academically ~ Stimulation of Child’s Creativity and Preservation of the Nature Desire to Learn ~ Creation of Real-Life Situations to Make Learning Meaningful ~ Choices and Respect of Other’s Choices ~ Multi-age Grouping – Students Progress at Individual Speed ~  Shared Decision-Making in a Democratic Atmosphere ~ Students are Self-Motivated and Responsible ~ Students Learn to Self-Evaluate, Learn by Mistakes and Set Appropriate Goals

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Message from Superintendent Cary Matsuoka -

Open Alternative School - An Update for 2017-2018

The Open Alternative School has been in operation since 1975 and it will continue to be part of Santa Barbara Unified in the 2017-18 school year. 
While the enrollment at OAS has declined in recent years, the district is committed to keeping OAS open as an alternative elementary school.  OAS will discontinue instruction for grades 7 and 8 for the 2017-18 school year, but transitional and regular kindergarten enrollment is welcomed and encouraged for next school year. 
 The district will lead a re-design process for OAS as we seek to update the vision and mission of a small, alternative elementary school in our district.  This re-design process will begin in spring 2017 and conclude with recommendations to the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2017.

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First day of classes
Date: 8/21/2017
Location: OAS
Office Closed
Date: 8/17/2017, 8 AM 9:30 AM
Office Closed
Date: 8/10/2017, 8 AM 1:30 PM
Office Closed
Date: 8/8/2017, 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
Office Closed 7/21-7/31
Date: 7/21/2017 7/31/2017, 11:59 PM

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