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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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