Excellent education is a staple in the Orange community. Everything from both public and private early childhood centers and primary schools to secondary facilities and institutions of higher learning are right at area students’ fingertips.
Orange Unified School District The Orange Unified School District (OUSD) celebrates learning through a personalized approach for each individual child. This commitment to excellence by all staff provides quality education for all students. OUSD serves approximately 30,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12th, and encompasses all or part of the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana and Villa Park. In 1953, the citizens of the area voted to form a unified school district, combining five elementary districts with the high school district into one unified district, now known as the Orange Unified School District. The District has a long history of excellence that continues to grow and be enriched by the accomplishments of its students, teachers, staff and community.
The award-winning district is composed of 27 elementary schools; five middle schools; a K-8 magnet school; four 9-12 comprehensive high schools and a continuation high school. Accompanying these facilities are several additional learning environments, including two schools for students with special needs, a Community Day School, a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and a Home School and Independent Study program.
Since 1987, 23 OUSD schools have been awarded the honor of being named a California Distinguished School, with three of these schools receiving the award more than once. California Elementary received the Title I Academic Achievement Award for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years.
Alternatives to the area’s excellent public system are widely available through area private and parochial institutions. Parents and students seeking a college preparatory environment and/or religious-infused education are afforded plenty of options in the Orange County area. The following is a list of Chamber member institutions and represents some of the many options for private education in Orange County:
• Covenant Christian School – Orange
• Holy Family Cathedral School – Orange
• St. John’s Lutheran School – Orange
Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Chapman University’s programs encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world. For more information, visit www.chapman.edu.
Argosy University, Orange County, offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in the field of Psychology, with specialized programs ranging from Marriage & Family Therapy to Sport-Exercise Psychology. Argosy University, Orange County also offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Business programs range from certificate programs to degree programs and include education for the fields of Marketing, Accounting, Information Systems, and more. Many programs are available in flexible learning formats – such as evening and weekend classes and online courses. They provide a variety of student services to help support your academic, career and personal needs.
Concordia University Irvine is a U.S. News & World Report Top Tier Regional University that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among Christian universities in the region because of the University’s innovative and engaging Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out “Grace Alone. Faith Alone.” Accreditation: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Santiago Canyon College (SCC)
In 1980, Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) purchased 30 acres from The Irvine Company to build a college campus in East Orange that would meet the current and future educational needs of this rapidly growing community. In the fall of 1985, the RSCCD Orange Campus began its first semester, offering a variety of general education, transfer and vocational education courses to more than 2,500 students. Today, Santiago Canyon College (SCC), Orange’s premier community college preparing students for university transfer, and careers. The college offers courses for professional development and awards professional certificates in career technical training programs. Many associate degrees are available online. Classes are offered in the early morning (before the traditional workday) and during the day, evening, weekends and online to provide maximum flexibility for working professionals. SCC also offers a wide range of short-term, fee-based Community Service courses ranging from business plan development to marketing your small business. Customized job-related training, which can be brought on-site to your place of business, is available from the Orange Education Center (OEC), a Continuing Education facility located on Batavia in Orange. Free job-related training courses are also available at the OEC campus. Whether you are interested in retooling your on-the-job skills or need to enhance your skill set for job security or career advancement, SCC and OEC have a wide range of programs to ensure your continued marketability. Visit www.sccollege.edu for information.