OCEAA has been a fantastic environment for our kids for over 10 years. Thanks to the instruction of our talented teachers, both of my children are bilingual and bi-literate and are more responsible citizens in their community and the world. OCEAA's philosophy nurtures students to be more conscious of social issues and the environment plus guides them to explore and experience all facets of the arts. Their teachers and administration truly care about their students, heartfelt and genuine. This year (and years ago with my son,) Ms. Diaz continues to inspire and love her students. Her dedication and commitment truly surpasses anything we could ever ask for. We are so grateful for OCEAA and all that they have done for our kids.
If you want your kids to be part of a loving and rigorous academic community send them to OCEAA. The school implements best research based practices such as readers workshop, writers workshop, and cognitively guided instruction for math. Students learn how to read, write and speak in Spanish. There's also an amazing arts program and wellness policy that gets kids on healthy eating habits from an early age (love the garden grill!). This year they also added a TK-K building which has allowed them to cater to the younger childrens' needs. Great school! Rigorous and joyful.
We'd like to thank and acknowledge our son's kindergarten teacher Mayra Aguilera. Our first encounter with Maestra Aguilera was at the Meet and Greet. She introduced herself to each student, crouched down to their eye level and asked if she may give them a hug. She immediately created a safe & welcoming learning environment for our son. This continued all throughout the school year and Maestra Aguilera met our son's needs with kindness, patience, creativity and compassion. Every time I volunteered the students were actively engaged at their centers that provided them with ample opportunitites to not only learn the grade level standards but also use hands-on manipulatives, which is imperative for 5 to 6 year olds. The students also had multiple daily opportunities to participate in kinesthetic activities to develop their gross motor skills that provided an outlet for the students who need to get up and move their bodies after doing a sitting activity. Overall, we are very appreciative for the kind, creative and compassionate learning environment that Ma. Aguilera inculcated through out the school year. She is an asset to the OCEAA staff and a true gem of a teacher. We are so grateful our son's first experience in school was a positive one.
OCEAA has an amazing first grade team. They truly do a great job building academic foundational skills that will definitely help my son in the future. They are also using some of the best curriculum out their (i.e. Lucy Calkins and Cognitive Guided Instruction). My son was an English only student when he started at OCEAA and now he can speak, read and write in Spanish after two years. It's amazing how much he has grown this year. I am very thankful for the teachers he has had, Ms. Gaytan and Mrs. Jimenez!
Our experience with OCEAA has been wonderful. The staff and teachers are very professional, caring and dedicated. We have had the best teachers for our children. They have helped them grow not just academically, but also emotionally. A shout out to the best teachers, thus far, (two who are no longer with the school) Mrs. Novoa, Mrs. Nuñes, and Ms. Gaytan. I also love their after school program, KEDS - It's literally the best program ever!! I am so happy that we are part of this school. We have a strong sense of family/ community. Nothing but praises for this school - We Love OCEAA!!
I am very impressed with the professionalism of the staff of the KEDS program. The feeling is that the kids come first. The teachers show care and creativity towards the children and provide a safe place. The director does a terrific job in managing the numerous tasks in running this successful program. In addition, the children receive healthy snacks and an early supper. I highly recommend this after school program as a value-added bonus to this wonderful school.
Our oldest child began TK in the fall and we've been extremely happy with the school experience. The combination of us being new to the school and the opening of the new TK/Kinder Annex led to some rough times the first couple of weeks--it was kind of a learn as you go experience for both parents and school staff. But everyone, from the director on down, worked hard to work out the kinks and get things rolling in the new Annex building.
We are excited that our child will be learning Spanish in their immersion program. He has already learned so much and is so proud when he can use his new Spanish language skills with others.
The after school program--KEDS--is amazing. It is like a continuation of the school day with the KEDS teachers coordinating with the school teachers so that what is learned during the day is reinforced after school.
The school lunch program is outstanding. The Chef works hard to provide complete, nutritious, tasty meals that are prepared on site. We intended on our child bringing lunch and maybe taking advantage of the school lunch on occasion. But instead, we review the menu with him every day and he decides whether or not to bring his lunch. He raves about the new things he's been trying.