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​Mendez Tribute Monument Park virtual groundbreaking

The Orange County Department of Education has partnered with the City of Westminster to present this virtual groundbreaking of a new park and monument honoring the legacy of the historic Mendez v. Westminster case, which famously led to the desegregation of California’s public schools.


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Strategic Plan 2016-19

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

View the online version, or contact Media Services for a printed version.​


​Orange County Together

​Representatives from OCDE and school districts across the county have developed a comprehensive guide with recommendations for reopening more than 600 local schools.​​​

Understanding Health Education in California

​The California B​oard of Education recently approved a new Health Education Framework for public schools, providing optional guidance for K-12 teachers based on the state’s health education standards.

2020 Census Count

​Recognizing the importance of an accurate population count for schools and communities, OCDE is among a number of organizations working to raise awareness in advance of the 2020 census.​​

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.

Public Notices

​The following public notices are posted for informational purposes for Orange County community members.​​


Calendar icon Calendar of Events

​Check out the latest events, workshops, trainings and activities coming up at OCDE.

Orange County Board of Education Meeting Agenda

Agendas for upcoming Orange County Board of Education meetings are posted at least 72 hours before each session.​


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