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Awards & Recognition

Outstanding Arts Educator - Jim Kolb, Commercial Dance Conservatory Director (Orange County Department of Education), 2013

Jeffrey Lawrence Award - Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D.
(Arts Schools Network), 2012

Community Partnership Award - Camp OCSA
(Arts Schools Network), 2012

Arts Innovation Award - Commercial Music Program (Arts Schools Network), 2012

Outstanding Alum Achievement Award - Brett Egan (Arts Schools Network), 2012

Regional Winner, LA Times 2012 Reader's Choice Awards

Best High Schools In America -
Gold Medal recipient (U.S. News & World Report), 2012

Special Recognition Award -

Non-Profit CFO of the Year - COO/CFO Steven Wagner (Orange County Business Journal), 2011

OCHSA named one of the top two midsize workplaces in Orange County
(Orange County Register), 2011

OCHSA Founder Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D. named one of the top three executives in Orange County
(Orange County Register), 2011

One of California's Top Ten Public Charter Schools
(USC), 2011

Arts Schools Network Exemplary School Award
, 2010-2011

Outstanding Founder - Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D. (National Philanthropy Day Orange County), 2009

America's Top Public High Schools (Newsweek), 2009

California Distinguished School (California Department of Education), 2005, 2009

Best High Schools in America - Silver Medal recipient (U.S. News & World Report), 2008, 2009

Outstanding Individual Artist - Artistic Director Robin Follman (Arts Orange County), 2008

Ranked 6th Best High School in Orange County (Orange County Register), June 2008

California Professor & Music Teachers Association Award, 2008

Artistic Visionary: Cultural Legacy Award, Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D. (Arts Orange County), 2007

Business in the Arts Award (Orange County Business Committee for the Arts, Inc.), 2007

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award - Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D. (Orange County Business Journal), 2007

No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon School, (U.S. Department of Education), 2006

International NETWORK of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education’s Exemplary School Award, 2006

Award of Excellence - Orange County High School of the Arts Cafeteria, (County of Orange Environmental Health Division), 2006

National School of Distinction (Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and the California Alliance for Arts Education), 2004-2005

STAR School Award (International NETWORK of Performing and Visual Arts Schools), 2001

Model Arts Education Program (California Department of Education), 1998

National Blue Ribbon School Award with Special Honors in Arts Education (National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education), 1998

Annual Golden Bell Award (California School Board Association), 1996

McDonnell Douglas Crystal Vision Award, 1996

Disney Community Service Award, 1995


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