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OCDE has produced a brief video that explains what county ​​offices of education do and how they support school systems, students and families throughout the state.​​​​


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Strategic Plan

OCDE’s vision that Orange County students will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success is outlined, along with eight strategic priorities and key performance indicators.​

Orange County Public Schools Directory

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Fentanyl Dangers
What makes fentanyl exceedingly dangerous is its potency — and the fact that many of its victims don’t know they’re taking the synthetic opioid.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Religious Expression in Public S​chools

​Since 1995, the U.S. Department of Education has published and periodically updated guidance on religious expression in public schools.​

Resources and Supports for Professional Learning

​OCDE supports student achievement through high-quality training opportunities for teachers, administrators and support staff.

​​​Charter Schools

​Educational options in Orange County include high quality charter schools that emphasize rigorous academic standards, innovative programs and responsible business practices.

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Orange County Board of Education Meeting Agenda

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Weekly roundup: Orange County music and arts organization announces awardees, Westminster park dedicated to Mendez family opens, and more

Weekly roundup: Orange County music and arts organization announces awardees, Westminster park dedicated to Mendez family opens, and more

December 2 , 2022

The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators named 73 outstanding arts educators ahead of their 2023 awards ceremony coming up in February. In their 30-year partnership with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the OCDE-led organization plans this annual event to recognize local accomplishments in leadership and arts instruction. The reception will recognize elementary and secondary educators, classroom teachers, administrators and community arts advocates in four categories. Awards will be given to 30 educators next year among 73 nominees from […]

WATCH: Park honoring historic Mendez v. Westminster civil rights case opens to the public

WATCH: Park honoring historic Mendez v. Westminster civil rights case opens to the public

December 1 , 2022

Mendez Tribute Monument Park is officially open to visitors. On Thursday, Dec. 1, the City of Westminster formally debuted a new quarter-acre public space honoring the landmark Mendez v. Westminster case, which put an end to forced segregation in California’s public schools and laid the foundation for the U.S. Supreme Court’s sweeping Brown v. Board decision. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony marked the completion of the five-year project, which represented a collaboration between the city and OCDE. On hand for […]

VIDEO: Influential leaders celebrate Native American Heritage Month with personal stories, historic perspectives

VIDEO: Influential leaders celebrate Native American Heritage Month with personal stories, historic perspectives

November 30 , 2022

In celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, the Orange County Department of Education connected with three influential and distinguished community leaders to share different aspects of their education, lives and work. Hosted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares, the trio of video interviews marked the latest in a series of online events reflecting the theme “Know My Name, Face and Story” — a call to action that’s been increasingly embraced by educators to promote academic engagement and mental […]

#kindness1billion: Here’s a photo collection of schools celebrating the season of giving with food drives

#kindness1billion: Here’s a photo collection of schools celebrating the season of giving with food drives

November 28 , 2022

Many schools and districts across Orange County organized food drives throughout November to help families in need feel a sense of hope during the holiday season. The rapid rate of inflation, from housing to grocery and gas, has left many people across the country in greater need of assistance due to food insecurity. While families continue to turn to local food pantries and organizations for support, food banks are searching for more volunteers and donations to meet the community’s demand. […]