We are grateful to Mrs. Kubasek and Mrs. Diaz who identified and nurtured our son's growth in class (after being home schooled for his first four grades) for the two years he was at Orange County Educational Arts Academy (OCEAA). They challenged and supported him to apply to another school even though they would have loved to have kept him as their student. Because of their direction and support, our son was accepted into the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) across the street and is loving the new challenges there.
I can't thank enough all the wonderful people who work at this school. I have to say THANK YOU Mirna Hernandez, your personality , your dedication and your knowledge have help me and many parents. I have to give recognition also to the principal, teachers and other staff members. They make this school a special place that enriched the lives of everyone involved in it.
A huge thank you to Dr. Kimberly Barraza-Lyons for being a tireless advocate for OCEAA. As the President of our Board of Directors, you have been a consistent and shining example of grace and competence and you are appreciated beyond words.
We've been at OCEAA for two years now. My daughter is in the spanish/ english immersion program. She went from knowing little to no spanish to randomly speaking in spanish and not even realizing it. She is thriving. The arts program has some great aspects to it, but I am excited to see how it will continue to grow. The 1st graders are introduced to some incredibly deep concepts concerning art theory and technique. The fact that elementary age students are discussing primary colors, Frida Khalo, and taking apart "Starry Night" by Picasso is enthralling! The diversity in their education is also a breath of fresh air. My kid has talked about more female and people of color icons in history and art than most schools do. This is important. The afterschool program is incredibly organized and let's just say it....fun! You're not getting daycare. These afterschool classes are an extension in the education from the regular school day. For kidd who are spanish learners and parents who aren't spanish speaking, this program is extremely helpful with the immersion homework. I am a proud OCEAA parent. If there is something I see that needs improvement I work with the school and teachers to see how I can help in that area. This school is a rarity in which they encourage parental input.
I've been a parent of OCEAA students for over 4 years. Every school has issues but I have to say that last year and this year's administration almost erased all of those worrisome thoughts that I had about the school. I'm extremely proud of my children's progress at OCEAA and I welcome all families to enlist their children at this school. The staff members attention to their students is extremely noticeable and my children feel this love. You can't put that in a test score or grade, but it is important in the development of a child. Come and do a tour so you can see for yourself the unique and prosperous school this is.
OCEAA is a GREAT SCHOOL! I laugh at the comments regarding 'shuffling' - that is actually students moving from the Computer Lab to the Music Room to the Dance Room etc. throughout the day. This school is rare in that it still has an arts program...and it is integrated into the curriculum! Something to be celebrated!
I love the welcoming family atmosphere. I love the fresh, healthy food prepared daily by the fabulous staff in the full service kitchen on premises. I love the respect I see students give to, and receive from their teachers and the staff.
On top of all that, I love that my child is speaking two languages now!
This is a Charter School. You must make a choice to enroll. You must make a choice to be involved in your child's education. If you don't want to do that, the school may not be for you. It may not be for everyone but I am so glad it was available for us to choose - we could not be happier!
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!