Orange County School of the Arts is an elite, public, charter, magnet school located in Santa Ana, CA. It has 2,096 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 29 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.41 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 152 responsesReport
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.46 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.46 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.46 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.64 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.64 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.64 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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Orange County School of the Arts Reviews
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.
I loved that the motto for the school was that everyone was free to express themselves through every ounce of their being - as unique as each of us are. There was no real "status quo". It was an incredible experience that I wish I would have appreciated more while I attended the school, because it is true, "once it's gone, you can never get it back"! The only thing I wish to see different in the environment at Orange County School of the Arts is it's awareness of "cliques". Due to the competitive atmosphere of the school, many kids turned to different groups of friends that shared their same love and talent. Though this is harmless, the trouble comes when these teenagers target those that are different from them and the cliques tend to treat other kids as exiles and rejects. Though the words I am using are a bit harsh, those feelings were very much true for me during my time I attended OCSA.
The academics at the Orange County School of the Arts are very accelerated and the students receive extremely elevated training in their designated art. One thing I would change would be having more communication between students and administration and to have student concerns, like bathrooms being fixed and other things, heard more clearly. Overall, my experience at OCSA has been one to remember and cherish!