Live Oak School District

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The Live Oak School District contains 7 schools in Live Oak, Santa Cruz County, California. The district was founded in 1872 by Martin Kinsley, an Irish immigrant. The first school in the district was the Live Oak School House. The superintendent, Dr. Tamra Taylor, ED, was appointed by the Governing Board in April 2009. The student population is about 2,100, with 52% Hispanic/Latino and 32% White. The 15-16 budgeted expenditures are just over $17 million.


  • Cypress Charter High School

9th-12th Grade. 2039 Merrill St. Megan Tresham, Principal

  • Del Mar Elementary School

Preschool-5th Grade. 1955 Merrill St. Marilyn Rockey, Principal

  • Green Acres Elementary School

Preschool-5th Grade. 966 Bostwick Lane. Lisa Dilles, Principal

  • Live Oak Elementary School

Preschool-5th Grade. 1916 Capitola Rd. Greg Stein, Principal

  • Ocean Alternative Education Center

Kindergarten-8th Grade. 984-6 Bostwick Lane. Mary Sauter, Principal

  • Shoreline Middle School

Grades 6-8. 855 17th Ave. Colleen Martin, Principal, Michael Dorney, Assistant Principal

  • Tierra Pacifica Charter School

Kindergarten-8th Grade. 986 Bostwick Lane. Linda Lambdin, Principal


  • Preschool
  • Child Development
  • After School Education and Safety (ASES)
  • Middle School "Teen Center"


As a diverse community in the heart of Santa Cruz County, Live Oak School District’s mission is to prepare preschool through 12th grade students to make meaningful contributions in a rapidly changing world through engagement in academically rigorous curriculum within a collaborative, innovative learning environment. The District's created four specific goals based on a community visioning process: 1) Family Engagement; 2) Culture of Learning; 3) Wellness; and 4) Academic Achievement.


The District was founded in 1872.[1]


Green Acres Elementary School won the California Distinguished School Award for 2006. Shoreline Middle School has been recognized by Standards and Poor's for boosting its test scores and closing the gap between socially and economically disadvantaged groups and the rest of the student body.

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