Educational Services Division
Mock Trial Competition takes high school students to the heart of the justice system. Students acquire critical thinking skills and an in-depth understanding of our judicial process as they study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and role play at the trial. Mock Trial is a partnership with the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Santa Cruz legal community which emphasizes the development of students’ analytical and critical thinking skills.
Allen, (831) 466-5703
Find out more about Mock Trial.
Santa Cruz County Science Fair, March 9, 2013, location: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Santa Cruz County Science Fair Awards Ceremony, March 18, 2013, location: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
The Santa Cruz County Science Fair provides a competitive academic opportunity for students in grades 4-12. Students design individual or team science projects and compete for awards, scholarships and prizes. Top award winners represent Santa Cruz County at the California State Science Fair (location and date TBD) and International Science and Engineering Fair (in Phoenix, AZ, May 12-17, 2013).
Contact: Adam Wade, (831) 466-5812
Spelling Bee February 23, 2013, at UCSC
In partnership with Newspapers in Education/The Sentinel and UCSC, the
Santa Cruz County Office of Education coordinates the annual
Spelling Bee. Students in grades 4-6 and 7-9 compete
locally. Winners from
each grade level go to regional and state competitions.
Contact: Curriculum & Instruction Department
Find out more about Spelling Bee.
Student Authors' Fair May 4, 2013
Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Reading Association and the Santa Cruz COE,
the Student Authors’ Fair
encourages students to write and illustrate their own books.
Students are recognized by the community during the Authors' Fair. There
is no judging
or censorship at the Fair. Every book entered receives
an Award Certificate. High quality and exciting displays of students ’ writing
are encouraged. Be creative!
Contact: Peggy Marketello, (831) 423-0782
Find out more about Student Authors' Fair.
Math Contest, May 4, 2013, at Aptos High School
Math Contest Awards Ceremony, Tuesday, May 21, 2012, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
The Math Contest provides students in grades 5-8 with both a team competition and an individual test format. The team competition requires students work together using problem-solving strategies, showing work and providing clear and detailed explanations. The individual test for all grade levels uses a free response format. The 8th grade test includes questions that reflect state requirements for 8th grade Algebra. Students receive certificates of participation and contest winners receive achievement medals.
Contact: Ellen Hickey, (831) 466-5802
Math Contest web page
California Forestry Challenge, November 7-10, 2012, at Redwood Christian Park, Boulder Creek
Find out more here.