Students enrolled 1753
Hours 8:10 - 3:30 7-8 / 4:50
School leader Benjamin Wolf
District Santa Ana Unified School District

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1010 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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(714) 560-0900
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4 stars
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September 27, 2014
I agree with the previous parent - OCSA is an amazing school and the counselors are VERY GOOD, and really care about their students. This is our 3rd year and we have never waited more than 4 hours for an email from our counselor in response to our question. Again, OCSA is not an easy school, especially if your child is an Honors student or AP class student - those classes take a lot of time so plan your child's life according to that heavy homework schedule. Rehearsals, tech weeks, and shows can take up a lot of hours in a week so parents need to watch the burn-out factor big time. Don't overbook your student or don't let him/her overbook their social life - academics must come first or they will not do well at this school, in my opinion. OCSA students are there because they want to be there, and they know it - there is a long waiting list to get into the school, for a good reason. Hope this helps. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
My daughter is a senior and I can say that school counselors are THE BEST. They shine students and OCSA, especially Mrs. Shiroma. I can feel that she loves students and the school. Students and parents can reach her anytime, even nights and weekends. She responses immediately always, even weekend-nights. Mrs. Shiroma is really AMAZING counselor!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2014
Not a good place unless you can deal with disappointments. Arts teachers really play favorites - they don't care unless you adore them and give them compliments. Hard to stay motivated because a lot of the kids don't care anymore about improving their talents. They are just there to get through the academics. Some of the conservatories are a joke. Seriously, no one wants to hear suggestions - good place if you never complain. No one is ever supposed to say anything critical about ocsa. Seems like too many secrets are kept - everyone supposed to be happy all the time. We can't even complain about really bad teachers. Admin shut down or ignore any suggestions or comments from the students.

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2014
Not a good school for kids who know the difference between right and wrong. Administration not interested in what is best for the students - they care far more about protecting the image/brand of the school and keeping the money flowing in. Really not interested in helping children with learning issues. Very secretive administration -- what are they hiding? Why have there been so many kids unhappy with their conservatory classes and end up leaving? Does anyone know where to find the data on this? Seems like a significant number of freshmen leave every year.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My daughter is a junior and she has been at OCSA since 7th grade. I am very pleased with the school academically with the exception of math. The academic load is very challenging and students have to learn how to balance their academic and arts program. The only problem I have with the program is the lack of diversity in the staff and opportunities for ethnic students. They recently hosted a Motown show and there were about three black students in the show. I think they can do better.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
My daughter attending OCSA for 3 years already, I have to say OCSA is one of the best school there is in town. Everyone in this faculty is very good, The teachers teach in the way that all students are excited to study, academic and music. They teach in the fun way that students wants to learn. When my daughter is not doing so well. They have counselor to work with her, me, and the teachers to get her up to good grade again. Thanks to everyone in OCSA...

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
OCSA is not for everyone but if your kid likes to be in an artistic environment, thinks out of the box and has a passion for his/her art, then this is the school you want. Many of the conservatory teachers are highly educated. That must be the reason for high tuition. As for academics it's like most other schools and it all depends on who you have as your teacher. My son studies more and has better academic grades since he got in. Being among other kids who have the same passion has made him work harder on his art. In his old school he was the only kid in his circle of friends who spent long hours every week on his art. Here, everyone is serious about their artistic field. I have heard that getting into some conservatories are extremely hard like Dance or Piano as they only accept a very limited number of students vs. larger conservatories like Musical Theater or Acting. My son thinks the main difference between OCSA and other schools is that kids here are nice to each other and there isn't much bullying. I think that might be the result of being able to express themselves. Appearance/dress code is not strict here. Overall it's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2014
Ocsa is a wonderful school and I highly recommend it to prospective students. The school gives a great chance to be exposed to possible jobs and hobbies. Many great students have come out of OCSA, both academically and culturally. I am grateful that they opened it up to middle schoolers, or else my daughter would have had to go to a nearby public school that just wasn't an option. Thank you OCSA for providing a safe, encouraging place for my daughter to learn and grow!

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2014
My son has is a current sophomore in the Music & Theater conservatory. OCSA is themost AMAZING place. My son commutes up to 2 hrs EACH way to have the private to go here. The talent that the kids at this school possess is unbelievable. This school is no joke, the academics are intense (they are a school first)! The school makes no consessions for academics when it comes to any performances or any conservatory production or event, so you better be prepared. School days are long and if you are in a production those long days are even longer! My son is surrounded by his "people". He doesn't like school but he comes home and says "I love my school!" This makes all the sacrifices worth every minute! He has had the pleasure to be in incredible productions; an original play, and 2 Performing w/ the Pros working side by side with professional broadyway stars and Tony award winners! No other school has what OCSA has and we feel so grateful for this special school! Yes It's hard academically, yes it's competitive,Yes they need donations (if you have ever seen a show you'll understand) and YES, IT'S AMAZING!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
Mixed feelings, unfortunately the bad outweigh the good. We will start with the bad and end on the good note. Leadership - there is none, with just as much accountability, they see what they want to see Teachers - good ones, a few (sadly my D had seen more of her substitute teachers than her supposed staffed teachers, and most of the time the substitutes had no lesson plans Campus - (We won't even go there) Bullying - Don't be naive, bullying is everywhere even at OCHSA. Conservatory - Joke - Hasn't taught my D anything. Sure glad we paid thousands of dollars in tuition (ahem, donation) for her to get a top notch education in her art. (insert sarcasm). What I meant to say, sure glad we kept her in her private lessons! Bottom line.... this place is a business, administration is disconnected as they are focused on their "BRAND" more than what education they provide our kids with academically and creatively. I promised I'd end on a good note... I've met some really great parents, and kids (as well as some that I could have lived without meeting). All in all, enter at your own risk - there is no refund! Hope they change, as I'm sure there were good intentions originally.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
OCSA is well known as an "arts school" but it is also one of the top academic schools in Orange County, CA. My daughter enjoys going to school everyday even though they have long days that starts at 8:05am to 2:10pm for the academic portion then from 2:15 to 4:50pm for the conservatory arts. She is thriving not only in the academics but also improving her skills in leadership and the arts.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
I'm currently a senior at the Orange County School of the Arts, I've been a student there for five years now and I'm afraid to give it only two stars, by virtue of the fact that the only positive points with which I would reward the school are its rigorous academics, in-depth teaching and the vivacious nature of the student body. I feel as though the overall leadership that OCSA has received has significantly declined over the past three years. OCSA has, sadly, become highly corporate, draining money out of its students on a regular basis and shrouding their voices with the bureaucratic reign currently implicated. It's progressive facade is misleading and false. OCSA is just like every other private institution; taking advantage of talent for the sake of a buck at the expense of its students. The reason why all reviews on this website are positive is due to the fact that nearly all reviewers are new to the institution, or parents who don't see the inner-workings of the school. OCSA has done a lot of great things for me, but I have recently realized that digging deeper results in disappointment. The California education system is seriously messed up. OCSA is no exception.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2012
This is my second year at OCHSA and I absolutely love it! I am in the Creative Writing program and I love the CW classes and teachers. Their arts programs are wonderful as well as the academics. The teachers are amazing and really care about each student and want them to succeed. Everyone is very accepting of one another and there is very little bullying. I would recommend OCHSA to anyone with an interest in the arts!

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2012
I currently attend OCHSA (I'm an eighth grader and I began this school year) although I've attended for less than a year, I absolutely love it here. I am in the Visual Arts conservatory and although I have no wish to continue in the VA field as I progress into adulthood, the art programs at this school are exceptional and in my opinion--the best! Although I've been a straight A student in all accelerated classes since I began middle school, the academics are still rigorous for me and my teachers teach at the perfect pace. The teachers here are all great (hilarious too), our principal is constantly bettering the school by purchasing new theaters and buildings for our school to thrive, and the parents are all involved considering that their child has the chance at becoming a successful artist in their field. Some conservatories complain about staying late or going to school over the weekends for rehearsals but it just depends on what conservatory you are in and if you are committed (which you should be because this school is a fantastic opportunity) you shouldn't mind. The people you meet here are amazing and talented. If you have a passion for the arts, you won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a community member
January 03, 2012
Choosing to attend this school was by far one of the best decisions of my short existence. I love this school and while it does has its flaws, the program that OCHSA offer is unique and superb. I know you are thinking that I am very biased, but keep in mind that OCHSA is my second home. Literally, I stay till 7pm for most of the nights, so I know the ins and outs. The academic program is strong and challenging. Lots of AP classes and IMP classes available. Diverse Course selection. Administration and Counselors are wonderful in nature and know what they're doing. The teachers are awesome. I don't know much about each conservatory runs though. Yes, as some below might point out, I have heard that some conservatories(MT) are lack luster, but that's because the MT department is hugeee and are more competitive. The smaller conservatories give more individual attention. On the more Student Life aspect, OCHSA is unique, as it promotes individuality and is a great fit for mis-fits and regulars. Oh, and there's the stairs we have to deal with. A total of 7 flights. But by now OCHSA kids are used to it..Eh! At least its a great exercise!

- submitted by a community member
December 10, 2011
I am going to be a graduating senior at OCHSA 2012 - and the people I'm surrounded with are incredible. My friends Are not only passionate, ambitious, interesting, but are genuinely wonderful people. I have so much hope when I regard my senior class - we are so open that we throw a spontaneous Pride event, we are so talented that I am constantly amazed, and so academically strong- ( My friend just got accepted into Stanford). There is no where else I'd rather be with such lovely teachers who have inspired me - and an unique atmosphere that I haven't fouind anywhere else. It isn't for anyone though, be prepared to go the extra mile to be successful here, and if you do - these really can be the best years of your life.

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2011
OCHSA isn't for everyone, I must admit, but for those who don't normally fit in at a regular school, OCHSA is great! I have gone there for almost three years now, and I can't imagine myself anywhere else. The academics are pretty good (they get better year by year, I think) and the conservatories are great. I am in Creative Writing, and it is so great to have all those hours after school of practice. The conservatory teachers are great and they all have experience in the real world. My friends in other conservatories would agree. I think OCHSA is a miracle, and I recommend it to anyone who wishes to further their studies of the arts.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2011
I've mixed feelings. While I believe OCHSA offers features that traditional public schooling doesn't, several things are troublesome. First the good: overall there's a sense of inclusion, but beware there are still cliques & competitiveness within the conservatories is high. The difference is that overt bullying is NOT tolerated. The academics are of high quality, but sometimes the teaching ideologies are suspect. I've had to re-teach my child EVERY math lesson. So you may need to hire a tutor. As for the musical theater conservatory, this has been the biggest disappointment. The classes are fundamental in nature & performance opportunities limited. What isn't shared- there are performance fees for many of the programs (I'm not sure about all). It also appears that high school politics are alive & well in M&T. I.E., my child auditioned for a show, was called back, but didn't get cast- nothing unusual about that. Next show, auditioned, called back, but again nothing. However, my child auditioned for the exact same show at a professional regional theatre &was called back for a lead , was cast & will be paid. Cost, trng and perf opps in M &T are definitively sub-par.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
My daughter is finishing her first year at OCHSA and is thrilled to be there. It is a very hugh commitment both time wise and money wise but we were well aware of that from the many overviews and meetings we attended prior to the start of the school year. Your child will need to be highly motivated both academically and artistically and have good time management skills in order to deal with the time commitment. OCHSA definitely doesn't skimp on it's academics. The block scheduling helps and I love that the classes are innovative and allow the students to use their talents to complete assignments. But be prepared for your child to spend long hours rehearsing. I also like that for the most part my child is surrounded by students with the same goals and ambitions (college).. Sure there is drama bit it is high school. If I have any negative comments, it would be the lack of dress code. Some of the students dress inappropriately.. If you are sending your 7th grader here, they would need to be mature as there is not much separation between junior high and high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
OCHSA is a great school, but it serves a very specific cross-section of students. That isn't a bad thing, but it seems a lot of negative posters don't grasp this concept. If a student just wants to "cruise" through high school this is not the place to be. It rewards students who are extremely well-organized. I have taught at OCHSA for the past eight years, and have seen a dramatic improvement not only in the academic rigor of the regular school day, but in the organization of the conservatory classes which continue to implement realistic, goal-based, standards of performance. Private lessons are absolutely necessary...it's always been that way in music, it's just at OCHSA the classes to support those lessons are many in number, and the opportunities for students to incorporate their training in the context of their chosen art form is the primary reason for attending the school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 03, 2011
Ok parents of OCHSA kids. YOU bet your suppose to get training for your conservatory on top of the training you get at the school. You have to have a private teacher. How else will you kid be the best at what they love? Both by kids have a private teacher every week to help them master the violin. They do not know any other way. And we had to get math tutors to keep up with the hard fast paced classes. so what. Your kids would not want to be at any other school. My son a JR. is exhausted.. But he is prepared for college. NO hand holding at OCHSA the strong stay the weak go.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
I have a 7th grader here. The academics appear to be good so far. The conservatory classes are also good. However, buyer beware... Dr. Opacic claims the school is a good value because the conservatory tuition is low compared to private lessons. Our conservatory director announced at the parent meeting that students are strongly recommended to have additional private lessons. I know this is also recommended in several other conservatories. So you will be paying for conservatory tuition and private lessons.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
I think if a parent gives a poor review of OCHSA, I think it's because they weren't getting the truth from their student. Hello?? Staying in school until 10pm every night??!! Pah-leeze. Your child's not at OCHSA, and that's probably best. This school is exceptional.

- submitted by a teacher
November 26, 2010
I am currently a student at OCHSA, & I absolutely encourage anybody that wants to go here. I completely love it here. I feel like OCHSA is my second family. Attending OCHSA, it makes me excited to go to school. I'm always having fun here. But don't get me wrong, the academics here are wonderful. My parents have been proud too because they also see that my grades have improved greatly. I am currently in the Music and Theater conservatory and taking Acting. This class really gives me a lot of chances and oppurtunities to perform. I honestly do learn a lot. The teachers and staff are really supportive and makes it easier to understand lessons. I feel really blessed and thankful that my parents sent me here. If I were you, I'd really consider going here! It's worth it!

- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2010
OCHSA is a GREAT school academically, but I am extremely disappointed in the Music and Theater conservatory. On the academic side, OCHSA provides high quality, challenging and stimulating programs delivered by dedicated and caring teachers. My daughter has had an excellent experience during her academic day and loves her teachers and her classes. She feels valued and supported. Unfortunately, her experience in Music and Theater has been not only negative, but traumatic. I have been disappointed in the clear lack of a rigorous and structured curriculum based on standards and goals. Instead, my daughter has often received basic, and often, poorly managed classes with little opportunity to develop performance skills in those classes. What has been most disappointing, however, is what appears to me as an appalling disregard of my daughter's basic civil rights. My child deserves better; so does yours!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2010
I am a graduate of OCHSA and attend Berkeley and i am completely satisfied with the education OCHSA has given me to succeed in college. The teachers at OCHSA not only give individual attention, but give us challenging academic programs. I have not only made friends but a new family here. OCHSA is an A+ for both academics and the arts

- submitted by a community member
June 29, 2010
ochsa was a nightmare. This school does a great job selling something that does not exist. I took a talented student to ochsa to be trained, educated and grow in her art. But, had to find her training outside of ochsa to catch up. We feel we were taken by con artists. Parents beware!! The school has something to hide. Watch out!! Google info about how they tried to censor the school newspaper.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
Ochsa is a wonderful school where kids can express their creativity to the fullest, and meet kids with similar interests and hobby. I cannot name one problem I has experienced, the kids are outgoing and friendly, and the teachers are enthusiastic about their job. They blend the arts in with the academics, and make the learning environment fun to be in. And I've learned so much with my writing, hopefully I can be up there with J.K. Rowling someday!

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2010
ochsa is a great school for talented kids that want to succeed in not only academics but the arts. they have a wonderful academic program with a blocking schedule which i think is fantastic. all the teachers do not teach like regular pubic school teachers, they teach in a very creative way. ochsa is a great school to keep up your grades and have fun with the arts at the same time. all the kids that i know that go to ochsa maintain at least a 3.5 gpa. this is also gives the children a wide variety of universities to choose from.

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 20, 2010
My child attended OCHSA and i am EXTREMELY disappointed with the school, my daughter is questioning her sexual orientation because she has been exposed to homosexual boys. Her academic achievements have severely decreased due to the drama and stress of staying at school until 10 pm every day. I highly disapprove this school and do NOT recommend it to any parents searching for motivational and inspirational schools. Thank you OCHSA for ruining my daughters life. She currently attends Fountain Valley High School and is reclaiming her life and social status. She now has a 4.0 GPA and will be attending Brown University next year. If she were to stay at OCHSA, she definitely wouldn't be accepted to the lowest possible schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2009
This school provided a top-notch academic education for my children on top of a world-class conservatory program. The young adults that attend high school here are some of the kindest and most giving I have ever seen. Any parent interested in a unique and amazing journey for their children should not hesitate to encourage their children to attend.

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November 22, 2009
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no rating October 03, 2009
The teachers make the material interesting and relevant. The students are there to learn. The administrators treat students and parents with respect and don't have lots of cumbersome rules.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
excellent academic program,with a professional arts program, coupled together makes for extremely expressive teenagers!!

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September 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2009
Ochsa puts the students first. The teachers try very hard to get to know the students individually and help them learn on their individual levels. The students are amazing and its fantastic to see them blossom and thrive in a creative environment. 99% of the kids have a great time, the other 1% could have more fun but are less social by nature and thats okay too. The academic teachers are just as amazing as the arts teachers (I'm an arts teacher.) Its a great school and I really hope my 5 year old goes there someday rather than his NHHS district school-

- submitted by a teacher
June 30, 2009
I hear more positive comments from students from OCHSA than, perhaps, any school in the area! Students who graduate benefit well beyond most expectations. I know of two students who's lives changed dramatically, no pun intended, for the better because of with their experiences at the school!

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June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
I echo the comments of Elsie Echevarria 5/7/06. OCHSA attracts highly-motivated kids who are high achievers both academically and artistically. This makes all the difference in the world for teachers and students: kids who really want to be there without the discipline/behavioral problems suffered at other schools. Kids blossom in this creative, challenging, nurturing and tolerant learning environment. Very dedicated teachers & administrators who know how special the school is. Requires commitment, but well worth it. Best thing we ever did for our daughter who will graduate next year--she loves OCHSA & has large circle of great friends & a 4.2 gpa. Best chance of getting in is in 7th grade--very few openings in upper grades; highly recommend for any creative student. Many commute daily from VERY long distances because it is such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2009
its one of the only schools where you can express yourself without being ridiculed the school and staff only wants you to succeed in life there for they don't use the put down method and scare tactics like your going to fail in life and so on. OCHSA is a great place where kids do what they love to do and get prepared for the real world.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 28, 2009
This is my daughter's third year at OCHSA. she has been challenged academically and in the Arts. I would recommend this school to children that wanr to explore another side of their intellectual csapabilties as well as excellent academic . My daughter has a 3.9 average in all her classes since 7th grade. She works very hard. We put our daughter into a private school from K-6. It was a disaster. The parents were competing and the children reflected their parents

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April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2009
Our daughter is in the 7th grade at OCHSA. Overall we are very happy with this school. She came from a private school in Newport Beach with a reputation for no nonsence education. We had our concerns regarding the academic seriousness. But have been very pleased thus far. Our daughter loves the school ... Wanting to be there is half the battle at this very crucial age. The children seem very supportive of each other . refreshing... This school is special . thank you.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
Don't send your children to this school. Your child is better off in a traditional public school taking art and drama courses as an elective at a traditional high school. Sure your child isn't likely to get an as professional critique as they would get at OCHSA, but it isn't worth having to pay a -Cough! Cough!- donation that can be very costly. Just save money and make them take an elective at a public school, or a course at a community college. If your child is going to be attending the school next year I advise you to pull him/her out and send 'em to public school. Don't care if they yell, 'No! Your ruining my future! You don't know what's best for me!' just place them at a regular public school. Note: I really don't reccomend this school for attention deficite students.

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2009
OCHSA is phenomenal! My friends and I have just been accepted to Stanford, Harvard, NYU, UCLA, Yale, Berkeley, CalArts, CalTech, Juilliard, UC San Diego, U of Chicago, Northwestern, USC, Oberlin, Reed, MIT, etc. OCHSA students win many academic and artistic awards and scholarships and 98-99% of us go directly to college after we graduate. OCHSA is A LOT of hard work, and also a lot of fun!

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2009
Every effort is made to communicate with parents regarding their child's progress. The Special Needs Team is remarkable! This school is unique. Besides an outstanding academic and arts program, the students are accepting of one another and there is no violence or harassment of an individual who may be different or having difficulties with school.

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April 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2009
As a former student, I can tell you that I was not prepared for college or real life. I was at a community college and I was overwhelmed and I ended up dropping out. And I met up with other students who ended up dropping out from different colleges and talked about how we just got away with murder at OCHSA. Just because they keep you at school longer doesn't mean you get the education or discipline you need. When someone asks me about the school, I tell them not to send their children there.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 30, 2009
Our son now attending 7th grade at OCHSA was a withdrawn depressed boy at his previous school. He now sings, plays the piano, bounces out of school with a smile on his face, and has raised his math grades two grade levels. He has always excelled in language arts and science, and finds the academics at OCHSA to be challenging, innovative and creative. This is not the school to choose if you are looking to make academics easier for your artistic child; We chose the school because of its rigorous academics combined with a strong arts conservatory. We are thrilled to see our son develop confidence, ambition and creative pursuits in a very safe, nurturing and academically sound environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
Great school for young artists whose artistic needs are not being met at their own neighborhood school. The most diverse student population I have ever seen, and we love teaching these unique kids! Truly research it, it's a huge commitment for students and parents (and teachers!). Every conservatory is different, so read all reviews with this in mind.

- submitted by a teacher
November 22, 2008
My son went to a local high school for one year where they wouldn't give him one art course, even after we pleaded with administration and explained that he was not enjoying school they still would not give him a simple art class. He switched to OCHSA and he is happy, excelling academically, and has blossomed artistically as we never imagined. This school is not for everyone. It is a unique school for kids with unique and talented needs. I really like the academic enrichment that includes assignments geared to the artistically like-minded individuals.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
I only wish I would have put my daughter in this school sooner. In just a few short months she has blossomed. Sure, it isn't for every child (or parent). If you want sports programs you'll need to go to a traditional high school. However, it's been incredible for us. As far as academic readiness, U.S. World & News Report ranked OCHSA as one of America's Best High Schools in 2008 and ranked it 30.1 on the college readiness index. For additional academic facts check out http://www.ocsarts.net/factsheet.htm.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
OCHSA's AP test results (on nationwide tests for college credit ) are quite good. My student and her friends scored 4s and 5s..highest scores. This indicates honors/AP teachers are instructing tough material (iff you take the class) in high school that can get their students actual college credits.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
Parents beware! Your child will not receive the academic education necessary to excel academically in college.

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September 03, 2008
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August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
Really great school. but they should add a few sports! they deffinately have enough money to do it.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2008
My daughter just graduated after 4.5 years at OCHSA and I have to say I really think the environment there was positive. She learned so much form her conservatory directors, was able to perform in some incredible venues for a high school student (Segerstrom Hall, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House, to name a few). She is well prepared for her future conservatory education in New York.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
Focuses excellently on academic and art

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December 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2007
It's amazing. the conservatory. I personally am in music and theater and it's sooo fun. i feel accepted and i can express what i am there.

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October 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
This is an excellent school not only for the arts education and academics but also because it is a caring community. Teachers, staff, parents and other students are accepting and encourage excellence. The conservatory classes produce outstanding artistic work.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
i used to go to OCHSA, but then i left because of the distance & other problems.but i had a really good experience & it is really a great school.i also felt safe.but i really recommend this school for talented artsy kids.it's fun.

- submitted by a former student
January 12, 2007
This is the Best School of All-Time! Great kids, Great teachers, it makes you enjoy school and want to get up in the morning and go to school even if it does go until 4:50 pm. It is well worth the time for the awesome envirement. OCHSA is the best school of all time!

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2007
I am a student at OCHSA and this is my 4th year there. I am in leadership there and this year we have a new principal who is extremely supportive of improving our school. All the students at OCHSA are involved in some sort of Art whether it is dance, drama, singing, writing or what I do painting. My school has been there for me when I need them. The teachers are at the top of their field and extremely supportive and highly effective in their classroom. For the most part a teacher at OCHSA will give up their lunch to make sure one student understands the math problem or the main theme of a great novel. I am very lucky to be a part of this amazing school

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
The environment of this school is phenomenal! Almost every student I've met has been respectful, considerate, tolerant, and simple nice. The academics are very rigit, but like every school, it's what you put into it. Also, most every teacher my child has had has actually been competent, nice, understanding, yet has had high expectations and takes no excuses for substandard work. My child would never want to go anywhere else (their words!). Oh, and we're glad we have a new principal. Very small amount of discipline issues. No sports, except martial arts, so don't come looking for balls of any kind.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
OCHSA is a great school academically as well as a wonderful opportunity for talented children to excel in the arts. The standards are very high and the children are challenged. The teachers I have spoken with at OCHSA love the school and do not want to teach anywhere else; that really tells me something.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
Overall, my daughter has been very happy at OCHSA. The conservatories are fabulous! However, I feel the the Administration and the Director of Student Services show poor follow through.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
My daughter started attending OCHSA in the 7th grade and will graduate this June. I have been consistently pleased with the teachers and the administration but it is my frim belief that all of their jobs are made easier by the quality of the students who are drawn to OCHSA. My daughter has been practically untouched by the 'ugly side' of jr.high & high school: clicks, bullies and racial tension. Being accepted to OCHSA confirms for these kids that they are all 'stars' in their own right. I have found the high level of respect and comraderie amoung the students promotes a safe and friendly environment perfect for learning and developing their spefic talent. Each child's individuality is respected and nurtured, no conformity required. I don't know of alot of schools that can make that claim!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
This is a truly amazing school. I love every aspect of OCHSA - this school is not just for the arts, as it has outstanding academics programs as well. I am so impressed with the open and nurturing environment. Although the conservatory program is absolutely wonderful, I do wish that the school offered more extracurricular activities such as sports and community service.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
This school is amazing!It offers my daughter to excel in the art field she loves + she has the highest level of education possible!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
My daughter is graduating this year and I am pleased with the education she has received, both in the content areas and in the enrichment (music) area. Parent involvement is a must, which makes a difference in the education students receive.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
Some kids can do great in this school & others flounder with the artsy liberalness...Teachers are definitly dedicated to the kids & everyone seems to get along with eachother....And there are no fights unlike other high schools campus's!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2005
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August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Great academic program! Great arts program!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 27, 2005
OCHSA is a wonderful school for those who are passionate about the Arts. OCHSA takes a lot of extra work and dedication but its well worth the time wand effort if you love your conservatory.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
My daughter will be a 10th grader this year in the creative writing department, she just loves it there. The students attend conservatory classes for 2 1/2 hours Monday - Thursday. They have several AP courses available, and electives like piano and drama.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 12, 2005
Unbelivivable! Tough, yet an amazing school. It was the perfect school for my talented daughter. The drive was long but it gave her a life time of oppurtunies. Thanks OCHSA for every thing

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
OCHSA is a charter school with an emphasis on arts. Unfortunately for us and OCHSA by the end of the first year here my 2 sons were abysmally dissatisfied with this schools practice of teaching by insulting and by teaching students by familiarity(otherwise known as playing politics) this practice continued for 2 years after which key abusers were let go, things improved for 1 year and then whether it was the schools increased reliance on donors, staff was hired and unfair practice began again. I would not recommend this school, regardless of past reputation (which was good) keep your kids where they are and take to lessons.. Parents involvement is crucial although the school is soliciting for cash rather than involvement. Academics is spotty, students are auditioned to a qualify a high gpa is required but staff is only barely qualified most were junior high level teachinh high school.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2005
Very good school. Kids are focused, teachers are passionate, and has a top notch academic program. This is a school where thekids truly and genuinely celebrate difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 13, 2004
I am not a parent, but I was a graduate. This is one of the best schools I have ever been to in my life. The Orange County HS of the Arts should deserve a better rating for the student/teacher ratio. The interaction with the teachers and the students is really good.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2004
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- submitted by a administrator
February 23, 2004
After 3 years, I continue to be amazed at the quality of instruction (academic and arts) that my student receives. Teachers are readily and willingly available for assistance, if needed. Parental involvement opportunities are excellent and all parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at this wonderful school. Makes me wish I could be a student again!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 15, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2003
OCHSA has provided me with incredible opportunities and education. Because of its specialized instruction, and personal interaction with its faculty, I wouldn't dream of attending another school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 09, 2003
contrary to the current information on this site, OCHSA does have a 2002 API score. It is 10, the highest score. The API base is 821 and the similar schools are very impressive. see API info at http://api.cde.ca.gov/api2002base/2002Base_sch.asp?SchCode=3030723&DistCode=66423&AllCds=30664233030723 or start ar http://api.cde.ca.gov/reports.html and work your way to it.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
This school is an incredible facility. Any child would be lucky to go there. Despite the so-so evaluation on this site, OCHSA has amazing faculty and staff. For any student interested in the arts, OCSHA is a second home and family.

- submitted by a former student
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Ocsa
1010 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA  92701
(714) 560-0900
Last modified Ocsa is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ocsa Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 98 reviews. Top