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Department of Education
The Orange County Department of Education is dedicated to ensuring that all students are equipped with the competencies they need to thrive in the 21st century and beyond. Included in the educational options, are high-quality charter schools that emphasize rigorous academic standards, innovative programs and responsible business practices.
The Orange County Department of Education's Charter Schools Unit accepts new charter petitions and appeals on behalf of the Orange County Board of Education, and they are responsible for facilitating the petition review process. The Charter Schools Unit coordinates the monitoring and oversight of charter schools authorized by the Orange County Board of Education and provides general information and technical assistance to school district authorizers and charter schools.
During times of restricted public access to the Orange County Department of Education offices, and in observance of social distancing requirements, the following modifications to charter school petition submissions, appeals, renewals and material revisions will be observed.
Appointments are required to submit materials to the Charter Schools Unit. Appointments are scheduled during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (714) 966-4381 to schedule an appointment.
To comply with social distancing requirements, meetings with Charter Schools Unit staff may be conducted via teleconference. Call (714) 966-4381 to schedule an appointment. Individuals with disabilities in need of reasonable modification or accommodation consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may request assistance by contacting the Charter Schools Unit at (714) 966-4381.
Instructions for observing or attending Orange County Board of Education meetings and making public comments are delineated on each board meeting
Charter Schools Unit (714) 966-4381
Aracely Chastain, Director (714) 966-4377
Anna Day, Administrator, Fiscal Oversight (714) 966-4387Teresa Johnson, Administrator, Operations (714) 966-4071
Felipe Vasquez, Coordinator (714) 966-4370Maureen Cox, Coordinator (714) 966-4252Jessica Williams, Financial Analyst (714) 966-4388
Ana Torres, Executive Assistant (714) 966-4381