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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Orange County School of the Arts is a top rated, public, charter, magnet school located in Santa Ana, CA. It has 2,166 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 29 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.

Orange County School of the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1270
380 responses
Average ACT
29
283 responses
AP Enrollment
54%
Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$45,070
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,177
National
$949
Median Home Value
$365,969
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.52 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.52 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 209 responses
Report
  • Halloween!!!!
    23%
  • Fridays where we have a DJ every week
    14%
  • Pride Day is a biggie.
    12%
  • Spirit Week, Culture Day
    11%
  • Any Holliday
    9%
  • Club Rush
    7%
  • The school plays
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,166
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.57 responses
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.57 responses
4%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.57 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
29:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$93,323
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.3%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.75 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.75 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.75 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,458/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.87 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.87 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.87 responses
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My decision going to OCSA ended up being the best decision of my life. I am in the classical voice conservatory and have gotten so many opportunities here. I have won many vocal competitions, gotten to do master classes with famous opera stars like Suzanna Guzman, and have strengthened my music theory skills. I also get to work with kids that have the same passion and dedication that I do. This school has many different people that have different beliefs and cultures. OCSA has always dedicated a week or a day to each of these things. We have gay pride day every year, we have culture week, and even halloween is a blast with everyone in their over the top costumes! I have been lucky enough to have the best of both worlds, opera and musical theatre. I am also taking a dance class as part of my academic school day at OCSA. The dance teachers are phenomenal. some of them have even made it in the professional world. My dance training has definitely improved since I have been at OCSA.
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Overall Orange County School of the Arts has been a very interesting experience and even though some staff members there are not the best, just like every school, OCSA has provided skills that I wouldn't be able to get at other high schools. From OCSA being different, the students at OCSA are interesting and have a lot of expression just by just the way they dress! We have our own style, as some would say. Overall a good school
Everyone here's been really great so far! I'm 3/4 of the way through the school year and couldn't be better. The homework loads can get pretty demanding if you're juggling one of the buisier conservatories like acting or classical voice, but the teachers are always understanding. Despite the school not being in the best part of town, the security is amazing and I feel totally safe. As a district transfer I can't say anything about the college readiness for the middle schoolers, but in high school there's a lot. Students have a great deal of control over their schedules, as well as the option of a conservatory that might match specific interests. Ocsa doesn't push clubs as much as other schools. You already have conservatories, so for district transfers like me it can be hard making new friends when everyone's already found theirs during middle school. However, everyone's super nice and welcoming.