Frequently Asked Questions
What are the school's hours?
Monday - Thursday:
8:05 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Grades 7-8)
8:05 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. (Grades 9-12)
8:05 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (All Grades)
What is the admissions process?
Please visit the Admissions section to learn more about our admissions process.
Are there any tuition requirements?
The Orange County School of the Arts is a tuition-free, donation-dependent, public charter school. No student is admitted or denied based upon financial capacity. However, each school year we must raise approximately $7.5 million to fund the thirteen arts conservatories and we rely on parents and the community-at-large to help us reach this goal. For more information, please click here.
Is the school "accredited" like other public schools?
Yes, OCSA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is recognized as one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.
Do we have to live in the Santa Ana area?
No, residency in the city of Santa Ana is not a requirement of attendance or admittance. We currently serve students from more than 100 cities throughout California. Bus, train, and carpool transportation options are available to assist with your commute.
Is on/off campus housing available?
We do not offer campus housing at this time.
May I attend part-time/after-school only?
We are a full-time school offering dual arts and academic programs. For part-time learning opportunities, we encourage you to consider participating in our summer and community arts programs.
My children are home-schooled. May they attend your school?
Yes. Home-schooled students follow the same application procedures as any other student.
Are you a year-round school? What about school holidays?
We follow a traditional two-semester school year which is August thru January and January thru June. We also honor traditional school holidays, including a one-week Spring, and a two-week Winter break. See Important School Dates for more information.
My child needs to "make-up" a class, do you offer a traditional "Summer School" as do most public schools?
No, we do not offer summer school; however, to make up a class, students may attend summer school at any accredited high school or community college and have those credits apply towards OCSA graduation requirements. Also, students are free to attend their home school's summer school sessions as desired or needed. During the summer, we present a variety of fee-based, non-accredited summer Arts & Academics enrichment workshops/classes. Summer classes are open to the general public for students in grades 1 through 12 and above. To learn more about our summer and community programs, click here.