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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

January 17, 2019

ORAA 1st Graders Rewarded for Top Math Completion Rate

The 1st grade class of Mrs. Jeannette Fetterhoff at Springs’ Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts (ORAA) was the proud recipient of “JiJi the Penguin,” awarded to them for the month of January for earning the highest ST Math syllabus completion.

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December 17, 2018

Otay Ranch Students Create Wyland-Style Painting

Tamra Santana's class at the Otay Ranch Student Center created an ocean mural using oil pastels as part of their study of artist and activist Robert Wyland and climate change.

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November 16, 2018

Student Artist of the Month for December: Rio Hill

Rio Hill, 11, is a 6th-grade student with Springs’ Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts (ORAA). He is his 4th year at ORAA.

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October 19, 2018

ORAA Students Perform Selections from Hamilton

Seventh and 8th-grade students from the Otay Ranch Student Center held their Fall Art Expo which featured selections from the musical Hamilton, including dancing, songs and theatrical scenes.

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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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My favorite subject is English because my teacher teaches the subject so it is very easy to understand and succeed.

- Katelyn J., Student
High School
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