A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    NG
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    NG
  10. Resources & Facilities
    NG
Address
840 North Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Telephone
(831) 429-3898
Website

Alternative Family Education Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1270
7 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
166
Free or Reduced Lunch
15%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
31:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
NG
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Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
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I love this place. I recently graduated, and am so grateful for my time there. This school promotes a very accepting, loving view of the world. Prior to attending AFE, I went to a different school nearly every year (due to difficult social pressures, or teachers), but I remained here for five years. Another notable boon is that the school lets you tailor your education to your interests. This is excellent for autodidacts. This also results in a community of involved parents who care.
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Is your kid in elementary school? Go to AFE. Middle school? Go to AFE. High school? Think twice.

AFE is a great school in many respects. You'll meet some amazing people. You'll be able to take classes at community college once you're in high school. But if you want to go to a four-year college, I would not recommend AFE. Resources for college are abysmal, and many teachers know nothing about it - Jasmin is the blessed exception.

Colleges require you to have taken a certain set of courses to be a competitive applicant. AFE offers very few of these as teacher-led classes, and there are *no grades*. The website claims that only B-quality work and above is given credit, but that's not true. You can get away with a lot. Colleges may know this.

AFE is a small school. Resources are limited, but you have freedom to explore and do whatever, even if it isn't conducive to a fruitful future. If that sounds like what you want, I highly recommend it.
Options are dependent on current student interest and initiative and are thus variable and limited based on the small student body, but teachers are very supportive of students who want to start a new club or activity, and students can generally find activities they're interested in. Of course, the strength of AFE is that they have the opportunity to participate in clubs and activities outside of school as well.