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Established in 1987, the Orange County School of the Arts provides a creative, challenging and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts.  This premier public charter school currently serves more than 2,100 students in grades 7-12 from more than 115 cities throughout Southern California.

The Orange County School of the Arts offers dual arts and academic programs and is the place for aspiring young artists to flourish in one of fifteen arts conservatories, including:

School of Applied Arts
Culinary Arts and Hospitality

School of Dance
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Commercial Dance
International Dance

School of Fine & Media Arts
Creative Writing
Digital Media
Film & Television
Integrated Arts
Visual Arts

School of Music
Classical Instrumental Music
Classical Voice
Contemporary Music

School of Theatre
Musical Theatre
Production & Design

The Orange County School of the Arts is one of the top scoring academic schools in the State of California. The school’s recent API score exceeded the Governor’s target goal for all schools in California, and the school ranks in the 90th percentile compared to all other schools in California.  The Orange County School of the Arts has also been named one of the top public high school academic programs in Orange County by the Orange County Register.

It is the only specialized arts program of its kind in the region to offer tuition-free academic and arts instruction to students from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.  The non-profit school relies solely on private and corporate donations, totaling $7 million annually, to fund the arts conservatories offered.


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