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Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts (K-8)

Please click here to read an important letter from the Superintendent, Dr. Hermsmeyer, regarding the charter approval.

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.

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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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News + AnnouncementsSuperintendent's Blog

September 17, 2018

New Otay Ranch Staff, Patriot’s Day Project

To accommodate its steady growth in the 2018-19 school year, the Otay Ranch Student Center was pleased to add six new teachers and ACEs: Joseph Daniel, April Giuffre, Kayla Little, Andrew Lona, Victoria Vela, and Diane Weinberger. The program is beginning its 5th year, and employs a staff of 35 teachers and administrators who serve 410 students.

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July 20, 2018

ORAA Celebrates a Successful School Year

Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts (ORAA) celebrated the end of its 4th year with theater performances, promotions and “last day of school fun,” reported Tami Foster, site facilitator.

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March 22, 2018

Pacific Springs Charter School

Dear Loyal Otay Ranch Students, Parents, and Staff, I am delighted to announce that our program was unanimously approved by the San Diego County Board of Education (SDBOE) last night!

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March 14, 2018

The Cat in the Hat Visits the Otay Ranch Student Center

Tami Foster, the site facilitator for the Otay Ranch Student Center, reported, "Principal Philip Parks’ good friend, The Cat in the Hat, came to visit Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts.

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1615 Mater Dei Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91913
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Philip Parks

Site Facilitator

Tami Foster

Hours of Operation

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tours are by appt. only. Email Tami to schedule a tour.
Summer hours:
Tuesday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tours will be Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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