"Dual language, arts and technoloty"
Students enrolled 570
Hours 8:10 AM - 3:25 PM
School leader Linda Hardman Greene
Transportation options None
District Santa Ana Unified School District
After school Yes

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825 North Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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(714) 558-2787
(714) 558-2775
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4 stars
Based on 38 ratings

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June 23, 2014
This school has a very poor administration, constant 'shuffling' of children from class to class.....as a parent very displeased with the lack of service and quality I am sorry to say anyone who send their children to this school will have a poor education.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
After entrusting our kids to OCEAA's care for nine years, I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks. OCEAA has blossomed into a marvelous school with an incredible arts program and a loving, dedicated staff. Standardized test scores can only say so much about a school. Test scores don't rate dance, visual arts, music programs and character education, for example. As a teacher who has taught in multiple schools, I have seen middle schools where fist fights are a regular occurrence, where events are horribly mismanaged, where arts and character education are practically nonexistent. OCEAA is not one of those schools. It is also wonderful that we have a support org. (FSO) that supports families in need, something few schools do, and it creates a sense of family at OCEAA. We appreciate everything OCEAA has done for our kids in grades K-8. Thanks, OCEAA!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
I regret that my son lost one year of his education life at this school. Whatever was offered at the tour was not true, arts are simple classes in the daily basis, all the real art classes are afterschool. And guess what there is a fee for the afterschool program and additional fees for the clubs and art classes. Nothing is free. You need to pay for the fieldtrips, for every event and also an annual fee that the administration manages as voluntary, but they send you a reminder every month for your voluntary chunk. What a bummer1

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
I have noticed this year to be the best yet, teachers don't seem as pressured as before and they are doing a great job, other years the principal tended to micro manage everything and be a dictator like boss, maybe that explains why so many people left last year. This year my kids really like their teachers and so do I, I can see the rigor and hardwork. Great school year so far.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
I have been both a parent and board member at OCEAA since 2010 when my family moved from Chicago to Santa Ana for work. Our two children were in dual immersion schools in Chicago, so we were overjoyed to find OCEAA in the heart of our new home of Santa Ana. We could not be happier. As parents we are always welcome; the education of our children, IN TWO LANGUAGES, is excellent; the food program is one of a kind; and the administration is open to new ideas. Every year we see improvement and growth. OCEAA is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
Good school overall. Like any school, there are issues but they are resolved. Good Principal. Keep in mind that most of the staff is young, females which means you will have maternity leaves frequently. Some people don't mind it, others do. My kid keeps complaining that the food is flavorless...but that's because it's "healthy." Better than the district food they feed the kids elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
All I have to say is I have 4 kids (3 boys 1 girl). My 3 boys are in high school and my daughter attends OCEAA. My daughter and I have had such a great experience at OCEAA that if I could have put my 3 boys in that school I would have. By the time my daughter was elementary school age I had had it with our local elementary. They did not go above and beyond to help my kids like OCEAA has. I recommend OCEAA to ALL of my friends who have children my daughters age and younger.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Oceaa has the greatest opportunities for our children, they continue to teach music, art and dance. Their encouragement to healthy eating is also one of the best choices for our students and it helps us parents implement that at home. My son loves this school and he will miss it next year!!!! Thanks to all the teachesr and school and principals for their great efforts!!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
A wonderful, nurturing place for students to learn & grow. An academically sound education as well as many different options for art, music, dance etc is offered through all grades in this K-8 school. OCEAA has a fresh food kitchen & the students not only eat healthy, fresh food every day, they also learn a lot about nutrition. They are growing up to be healthy, culturally aware, academically sound bilingual citizens of the world. Oh, & it's a terrific place to work as well!

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
From the tour I attended at this school I am now 200% convinced this is the best school I can enroll my child into. She will be entering kindergarden and we are all very excited to make memories with the staff and other parents. I absolutely love the cafeteria that serves only FRESH REAL FOOD prepared daily! I wish other schools would adopt this practice instead of feeding our next generation what they consider as "food" but lets be honest, that is garbage! The dual-immersion program look's great and has a ton of data and studies that back it up, not just from this school's history but across this nation you will read the same. More schools like this are desperately needed!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
OCEAA is a small school with a positive environment. Kids learn to eat health and make positive choices. The use of art, music, dance and technology provide fun & interesting learning for all core subject. The staff is dedicated to quality and safety. Wonderful Happy place for students to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
From the moment I heard about OCEAA and its philosophy of education, I was hooked. We have been a part of the school now for 3 years, and I can honestly say that everything just keeps getting better. I love that my kids are becoming truly bilingual in both Spanish and English, that they are growing in a deep love for the Arts, and are being nurtured into responsible and compassionate people who truly seek to make a difference in the world. I love the diversity in the school, and the way that both the teachers and staff seek to proactively help our children value being part of a multicultural community and world. I admire Mrs. Hardman Greene's leadership of the school, and her ability to continue providing vision and support to the staff, families and students she is entrusted with. I have shared many times with other parents that at OCEAA we are receiving a top private school education at a public school "price". We are extremely grateful for this opportunity, and would never want to be anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
We just began our 4th year at OCEAA and the school just gets better with every year. The curriculum (based on a dual language immersion program) implements CORE teaching standards. With one of the lowest student-teacher ratios in the county - each teacher can amply dedicate his/herself to truly guiding each student to success or progress with any subject he/she may struggle with. The teachers are warm and caring, while the administration is strong yet flexible. My child is learning to be a leader amongst his peers and I couldn't be prouder of him and of our small school with its small home town environment. Each year state testing results in higher and higher scores, beginning with one of the biggest jumps in OC 2 years ago. The school does an amazing job at teaching students about healthy eating with its own kitchen and a chef that puts out meals prepared daily!! This includes its own fruit/salad bar. This cannot be said for many other public schools in the county. OCEAA is not a fit for every family - but if you want your child to be in a strong, safe, nurturing environment that provides for health, growth and learning than OCEAA is the school that best fits those needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
This is a great school. Love the commitment of the staff to the kids and succeding. Great class sizes!!! On site chef with great options for all dietary needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
I am so impressed with the knowledge that my son comes home with every day and feel that this school is doing a fantastic job in teaching the kids!! Keep up the great work OCEAA!!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Coming in as a New Parent to this school I automatically fell in love with the curriculum, staff and the principal. I am currently one of the Secretaries for FSO leadership team, I love to be part of my children s life in every aspect. . My son is currently a kindergarten and I have my other son on the waiting list(keeping my fingers crossed for an available spot to open up soon.) As part of the FSO leadership team I have the opportunity to get to interact more with the staff and get to be part of the school activities. The staff is friendly and easy to approach. The Dual program that my son is enroll is helping him exceed in the future, the technology that is being taught will definitely help in the long run. I believe that they re curriculum will prepare young minds to a more modern technologic future.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
My three children attend OCEAA and are really happy here, it's amazing how much they learn everyday, my oldest is very artistic and really enjoy the many opportunities to develop her talent, my shy middle one was encourage to find her voice and my active little one is been teach the skill to help him calm himself and focus. OCEAA is truly a fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Let's see - test scores going from the lowest on OC to a 92 point gain in one year, then 16 point gain, then a 26 point gain. Showing progress to me. And more importantly the children are growing and learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
Love this school! They take a pro-active approach to education and are very supportive of the arts as well as academics. The school is friendly and I see happy children and involved parents when I am there. The bilingual education is excellent and test scores continue to rise. In my opinion, a high quality school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
This school is not a great enviroment for students to learn and become competitive students. The school focus much on politics and does not provide the necessary support for teachers. During the short time that I was involved with the school, I learned that most of this school's problem is the lack of backbone of the principal. She does not support the teachers and staff, she does whatever a few parents say. She is a puppet that can be controlled, but a small number of parents that have no idea how to run a school. Teachers are great but scared of losing their job if they demand more support. I am really sorry too see that great, talented teachers have to work in this conditions where their voice is not heard. Teachers you deserve better adminstration staff, respect as professionals and suport not demands from parents.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2011
My grandson attends Kindergarten at OCEAA and he loves it. He is learning many new and exciting things and finding a friendly, loving place, which i would say is a perfect combination for K. We are so pleased with his teachers, the atmosphere and the professionalism of all our contacts. The after school program is outstanding because it is full of play, learning, order and staffed by really kind and qualified teachers.

- submitted by a community member
March 14, 2011
My children attended this school for a brief period of time. I found that it not only lacked in academic achievement, but also in nurturing a safe and healthy environment for my children to grow. The school is run not only by the staff but also by a small elite group of parents who have far too much say in the direction of the school. Additionally, this school does not in any way prepare children for the High School of the Arts. Most of the teachers, if not all, have absolutely no training what so ever in any area of art. I found the art work to be cookie cutter art. This school failed my children in every possible way. When I withdrew them from here, my son was two years behind in every subject, however his report cards never demonstrated that. I have spoken to a number of other parents who like wise withdrew their children and found that they too where behind. The principal is patronizing and dismissive. Yes the school has improved, it had too because the state was threatening to take it over it was doing so poorly. If you care about your child's academic achievement Try El Sol instead. It is right across the street from this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
My children absolutely love going to school here. The Principal has shown great leadership in making some unpopular decisions but wise decisions - which paid off. With all the hard work the teachers and staff have put in the last two years, it is really beginning to show. My kids are all enrolled in the dual language program and are all making great strides. I am very proud of their abilities. Parental involvement is okay. It seems like the same parents are always involved. It would be nice to get some fresh faces.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
I love the direction that the school is going in. I think finally we have a strong leader, Ms. Hardman Greene, carrying the school forward instead of backwards. She's gotten a lot of slack for paying too much attention to API but in the end that's what's going to keep our school open and I finally feel like my child is learning something and not just going to school to "play school."

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
Over the last two years, the school has taken a different direction under the current principal's guidance. Unfortunately, they are so focused in improving school's API that they are forgetting about some other matters that are important too. If you have an issue, yes you have to follow the 'protocol' to get a hope instead of an answer and it can take you up to a month to be able to talk to the principal. Then, you get only hopes and no solutions.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating June 29, 2009
I am glad my granson goes to this school. Because it is a charter school, but this school is a very young school. They have only been open 4 years. All of the school teachers are very young and I don't think that they work together. Each teacher has there own plan they don't work as a unit. I think that they put so much on trying to raise extra money with fso and not on teaching. I handle there box tops program and have raised last year alone $1,200.00 in box tops. I get very little help from staff or teachers. There are schools across the U.S. raising$20 to $60 thousands dollors for there school. When ever I go to school I am never greeted with A Hello or how are you. Most of the time staff trun there nose's up at me. I don't know what I ever did

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
It is a great school, both of my kids go to this school. They have great teachers that spend one on one time with their students. My son started when the school opened and it has been exciting seeing the growth of the school. Excelent realtion between parents and teacher and between students. Excelent

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
This school is a great learning place for any student that loves art, music, dance, & language arts. Given that the school is still in it's infancy stage it has shown much improvement since it's first year. Both my kids attend this school and they 'love it'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2008
This school (Staff) took some time to establish itself. Being that the school is less then 4 years old. The staff has improved tremendously. Academics seem to be in good order. Arts and extra curicular were very impressive last year. Can't wait to see what else they will come up with.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
Teachers are quality people, really care about creating a well rounded student.

- submitted by a community member
no rating June 18, 2008
Great school. My son is leaving and will be attending OCHSA in the fall but out daughter will still be attending. We sent her with hopes she will learn spanish and she has. Great afterschool extracurricular arts programs at very low cost if any at all. The teachers are fabulous and want to be there. The school does not telerate bad behavior. The kids become like family with one another.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
This school is making progress but overall there's a lot to improve on. The staff is young and are fairly new to the profession (less than 5 years for most). They are very dedicated but overworked. I know they do it with pleasure but many of them are single and can do it now but eventually will be hard. The principal and VP are great people, smart and knowledgeable. This is the first year for principal but she has experience as a VP and knows much about dual immersion. However, both she and the VP need to improve in their leadership skills. Many of the older students do not respect them and are getting away with a lot. I think here is where they need to work on. Discipline is not great and the problems have lingered for a long time and not much is being done for fear of parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2007
Finally, in year three of this charter school, we have a principal who has the experience and belief in our mission to make this school great. The teachers are young, enthusiastic and willing to work with all types of learners. Most parents are motivated to assist and not bully teachers. Everything is coming together and this school finally is a place I can start recommending to my neighbors. My 4th grader's education has had some bumps as this young school got its bearings, but we are looking forward to the years ahead.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2007
I suppose my first review was too harsh and censored. Speaking strictly of the educational experience at this school. My wife and I were very dissapointed. We have since transfferred to another area school where we learned our daughter was nearly a full year behind her classmates. While mathmatically she was close, in language arts history she was sorely lacking. I hope this review meets the guidelines, because it's important parents know this before enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
This school is not what it is explained to be! There is very little art influence. My daughter got more exposure to the arts in public school. On a more serious note, my daughter's teacher cannot speak English properly. When this was brought to the principal's attention by many parents, we were brushed off. A meeting with the principal and teacher resulted only in the teacher being defended. The teacher's response, 'Well sometimes the childrens says wrong words too!' The principal refused to sit in on a class, or investigate further. Many parents have pulled their kids out of the school because we were told since it was a charter school...we could not go anywhere else for assistance. PLEASE BEWARE!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2006
My child went to this school for kinder, I moved and she will not be able to return. We had a wonderful teacher and I loved the school and envirnment. The school is new and the entire staff appeared to me to be motivated and excited to be there. I was not a stay at home mother but I made myself involved and I had a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
The first year of this start-up charter school is coming to a close. Overall I would say this has been an excellent year. I have a child in the 4th grade dual immersion program and one in kindergarten, dual immersion program. I have spoken to many parents who have their children in the English only program at the school. I love this school, the great parent involvement and the opportunity for my children to gain wide excprience in the arts. The only thing missing is a sports program but I knew that going in since the facilities for sports simply are not available. This is a great school for parents who want to be involved and who want their children to be challenged academically while at the same time being exposed to the arts.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2006
The teacher was outstanding but the principal was to be desired. The school itself is great but beware, if you're not a stay at home mother or one with a car, forget getting any kind of understanding.

- submitted by a parent
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