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||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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News + Announcements
March 20, 2019
Springs’ Otay Ranch Academy for the Arts (ORAA) held its third-quarter Art Expo to celebrate theater and visual arts. Participants included teacher Tamra Santana’s 6th-grade class, who each chose a favorite song and created a record cover for it. Danica Arimany, ORAA art teacher, said, “The students considered what seeing through their ears and hearing through their eyes would be like. They chose a song that spoke to their hearts and created a record cover through translated sound into line, shape, color, and texture.”
Teachers Joe Daniel and Jennifer Clark’s 7th-grade classes painted a four by eight-foot mural inspired by Rivera’s Allegory of California - Alegoria de California (1930-31). In doing so, they underwent an exploration of community, identity, and muralism by collaboration in small groups to design a mural that expressed their group’s ideas of their chosen San Diego theme. They also dug into the visual language the Mexican artist Diego Rivera used in his murals.
Charles Coomber and Kayla Little’s 8th-grade classes created mixed media masks that answered the questions: Who do I feel I am? Who do others perceive me to be? They explored Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits and their own sense of self. They wondered, like Frida, if the parts of themselves they showed the world were the same as the parts of themselves they understood to be true inside.
Diane Weinberger, ORAA's theater teacher, said that the TK-2nd grades learned many theatre games and had fun trying new things in class. They performed three plays from Dr. Seuss: The Sneetches, Oh! The Places You’ll Go! and Green Eggs and Ham. They were colorful and true expressions of their love for Dr. Seuss’s stories, and his messages of inclusion and individuality.
February 21, 2019
Otay Ranch Academy of the Arts (ORAA) students joined 13,166,854 students in 24,027 schools and 113 countries in the 2019 Great Kindness Challenge week. Students were encouraged to perform acts of kindness during the week.
January 17, 2019
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.
December 17, 2018See All News
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.