Ponderosa High School and Green Careers Center is operated by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education Alternative Education Department. The school focuses on vocational training with a focus on green jobs in and around Santa Cruz County. Located in Ben Lomond, we serve youth who have not been successful in the comprehensive high school setting. Students come to Ponderosa for a variety of reasons and leave with a more full understanding of community, world issues and environmental issues affecting our world.
Santa Cruz Alternative Education is a Title I program and a large perncetage of the population served is considered by California to fall into the low-income category as determined by the federal free and reduced priced-lunch program. Ponderosa is offering the students we serve the oppertunity to practice a farm to table lifestyle. Along with a 15 box garden, Ponderosa has a cooking class that cooks for about 50 students and staff a day. We are lucky to be located slightly inland and on California's Central Coast; thus, we are able to produce food year around.