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​​​​​​County Offices of Education Explained

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

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


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​​​Fentanyl Dangers
What makes fentanyl exceedingly dangerous is its potency — and the fact tha​t 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.

Public Notices

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


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.​

County Committee on School District Organization Agenda

With members elected by local boards of education, the County Committee studies and makes recommendations related to the organization and reorganization of school districts, their boundaries, and their trustee elections.​
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Miramontes: OCDE doesn’t have ‘County Office’ in its name. Here’s why.

Miramontes: OCDE doesn’t have ‘County Office’ in its name. Here’s why.

March 4 , 2024

Here’s a question we often hear: Why is our organization known as the Orange County Department of Education when other county offices of education across California are known as, well, county offices of education? The answer takes us back to a strategic decision made under the leadership of Dr. Robert Peterson, who served as county superintendent from 1966 through 1991. Early in his tenure, Dr. Peterson proposed changing the name of the then-Orange County Schools Office to the Orange County […]

Spellbound in OC: County’s new spelling bee champ is headed to Scripps

Spellbound in OC: County’s new spelling bee champ is headed to Scripps

March 2 , 2024

Orange County crowned a new spelling bee champion on Saturday. Katelyn Nguyen, a seventh-grader from Stacey Middle School in the Westminster School District, emerged victorious in the 20th round of the Orange County Spelling Bee by correctly sequencing the letters in “discretionary,” meaning subject to individual judgment. With the win comes a trip to the famed Scripps National Spelling Bee in May, with travel expenses covered by the Orange County Register. Katelyn, who is a veteran of last year’s county […]

Weekly roundup: Los Alamitos Unified campus receives Purple Star Schools Distinction, Fountain Valley hosts robotics competition, and more

Weekly roundup: Los Alamitos Unified campus receives Purple Star Schools Distinction, Fountain Valley hosts robotics competition, and more

March 1 , 2024

McGaugh Elementary in Seal Beach is among 30 campuses in the state to receive the prestigious Purple Star Schools distinction by the California Department of Education. Now in its third year, the California Purple Star School Designation Program publicly recognizes schools committed to meeting the unique needs of military families. This student population often face frequent relocations — changing schools between six and nine times from grades K–12, three times more often than their peers. The Los Alamitos Unified School […]

These 38 OC campuses just became California Distinguished Schools

These 38 OC campuses just became California Distinguished Schools

February 29 , 2024

Add another 38 California Distinguished Schools to Orange County’s long list of educational accolades. On Thursday, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that 293 middle and high schools had earned the distinction, considered the highest level of recognition for schools. With its latest additions, OC has now won 874 awards since the program began in 1985. Overseen by the California Department of Education, the California Distinguished Schools program singles out schools that excel in two key areas: closing the achievement gap […]