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As one of the premier arts schools in the nation, the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) embraces and encourages artistic creativity and academic excellence. This innovative public charter school provides a uniquely challenging and nurturing environment focused on
individual growth, opportunity, and diversity. The U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts have recognized the Orange County School of the Arts as a model arts education program. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  

The school currently serves a diverse student body of nearly 2,000 students from more than 100 cities throughout Southern California in grades 7-12. The academic faculty is fully credentialed, and the majority of the 200 arts and academic teachers hold advanced degrees. They are dedicated and supportive professionals who help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in higher education, or a profession in the arts. Guest artists and industry leaders also share their expertise and creativity with students through lectures, presentations, and hands-on training.


 OCSA provides a rigorous academic program aligned with the California State Standards. Students attend approximately five hours of academic classes in addition to three hours of daily arts instruction. Students maintain a school-wide Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.57, with the senior class averaging a 3.62 GPA. More than 25% of the senior class earns a 4.0 GPA or higher. The school offers 14 Advanced Placement (AP) classes. OCSA offers one of the most demanding and intensive academic programs in Southern California. Based on its high Academic Performance Index (API) score, the school ranks as one of the top academic programs in Orange County and is in the top 3% of all high schools in the State of California.

Arts: Established in 1987, the Orange County School of the Arts is the place for aspiring young artists to refine their skills and flourish in one of 15 arts conservatories offered, including:

School of Applied Arts
Culinary Arts & Hospitality

School of Dance
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Commercial Dance
International Dance

School of Fine and 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

Ninety-five percent of the school’s graduates are accepted into institutions of higher education and the remaining pursue a career in the arts industry upon graduation.

Interested applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and satisfactory citizenship. All applicants must audition, and provide transcripts and letters of recommendation. The school is a tuition-free, donation-dependent public charter school; no student is admitted or denied based on financial capacity.

Weekend and summer community arts programs also available. Visit for complete course offerings.


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