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Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts (K-8)

lia-flores-palacios-web Name: Lia Flores Palacios
Age: 13 Grade: 8
I chose: Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts
Why? ORAA’s freedom and independence
work very well for me.
Lia says: “I tell all my friends about what
an amazing school ORAA is”. Lia loves to
dance and ride her bike, she also loves math!
Her advice to new students is to work hard
and learn to do things by themselves.

At Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts, music echoes in the halls, student art covers the walls, and performances of theater and dance take place in front of applauding families and community members. Through skills-based instruction as well as arts integration in the classrooms, students have the opportunity to explore art-making and to use art as a language to express their thoughts and ideas. Through these experiences, our students achieve:

  •  High levels of critical, analytic, and creative thinking skills
  •  Deep content knowledge in all subject areas
  •  Excellent communication and self-expression skills, and
  •  A strong sense of possibility and aspiration for achievement
DIRECTIONS TO OUR LOCATION ON MATER DEI HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS:  The mailing address for Otay Ranch Student Center is 1615 Mater Dei Drive, Chula Vista, CA.  We are located within the Mater Dei Catholic High School Campus.  If coming from the 125 tollway, please continue on Birch road past 1615 to the corner light which is Magdalena Avenue.  Please turn right and go 3 blocks to Santa Venetia Road. Otay Ranch Student Center is located at the corner of Magdalena Avenue & Santa Venetia Road.  We are kitty-corner from Veteran’s Elementary School. Park in the lot on the right corner and walk up the hill to Seton Hall.  If you need help with directions please call 951-225-7690.

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March 10, 2017

Otay Ranch Students Interact with Seniors

The Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts has partnered with St. Paul’s Plaza in Chula Vista to create intergenerational events and activities for students and the elderly who participate in seniors programs at St. Paul’s.

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July 22, 2016

Kindergarten - 8th Grade Orientation

Meet ORAA teachers, staff, administration along with other students and families. Visit classrooms and see what is in store for the new school year. Parents and guardians, as well as incoming KN-8th grade students, are welcome to attend.

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May 25, 2016

ORAA Student Loves “Freedom and Independence” of Springs

Lia Flores, 13, an 8th grade student beginning her 2nd year at the Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts (ORAA), loves the “freedom and independence” she has at Springs. 

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January 27, 2016

Looking For Before and After School Care?

We have partnered with Boys and Girls Club to offer after school care. We need a minimum of 10 paid participants to begin.

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1615 Mater Dei Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91913
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Tami Foster

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Office Hours:
Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tours are by appt. only. Email Tami to schedule a tour.

March  2017
  • FAFSA / Cal Grant Window Closes
    March 2, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • River Springs Board Meeting
    March 9, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Mobile Science Lab, Rancho Cucamonga
    March 9, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Harbor Springs Board Meeting
    March 9, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Empire Springs Board Meeting
    March 9, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Mobile Science Lab, Riverside
    March 13, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Mobile Science Lab, Murrieta
    March 15, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Mobile Science Lab, Orange County
    March 16, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Mobiles Science Lab, Temecula
    March 17, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • CHSPE Spring Administration
    March 18, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Last Day for Priority Program Transfers for Next School Year
    March 22, 2017 - (All Day Event)
  • Milestone #3 Window Opens - All High School Students
    March 27, 2017 - (All Day Event)

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