I was going to say, "Hey, if you want to homeschool/unschool - come to Santa Cruz!" Homeschooling is so common here, no one seems to blink an eye when I tell them that's what we're doing. They all seem to have a neighbor/friend/neice/nephew, etc. who's homeschooling. And talk about resources and things to do: it's a homeschooling mecca.
If you're looking at Marin, you already know about the ridiculous housing prices/rents out here - so Santa Cruz prices won't scare you away! LOL (Marin prices are actually much higher than Santa Cruz). I didn't check to see if you left your e-mail addy before I started typing this, so, I'll give you mine:firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to e-mail me and I'll tell you what I can about Santa Cruz (and Marin for that matter - my Dad lives there, and I grew up visiting him there every other week).
Re: Sudbury link. Thanks! I've been to that link before, and I haven't been able to find any criticism about Sudbury - only praise. Praise is great, but I'd like to get a fuller picture. There has to be *somebody* who experienced it, had a different point of view, and wrote an article about it somewhere! LOL
$7000 for tuition sounds like alot, but is probably relatively cheap in Marin. We pay close to that for our daughter's tuition, and it is less expensive than the local Waldorf and Montesorri schools.
My dd's school is not even close to a Sudbury model, i.e. lots and lots of curriculum. I think, academically, that my son's homeschooling (we do about, oh, 5 to 45 minutes of "structured" stuff per day 4 - 5 days/week), education is superior to her private schooled education. And...if you move to Santa Cruz (hint, hint), you will have plenty of people to connect with, and resources every bit as good as a Sudbury school could provide. (Santa Cruz doesn't have a Sudbury school, BTW).
If you move to Marin, and check out the Sudbury school - just go and hang out there. Talk to teachers (facilitators?), students, etc., but also, just hang out quietly. Listen, breathe, take it in, and ask yourself: Would I want to hang out here 30 hours a week, 8 months out of the year for the next umpteen years? I looked at many private schools, and homeschool groups, and this is the method I used. It's worked pretty well...so far!
O.K., I'll end my ramble here!