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Charter Schools

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. 

​COVID-19 Modifications

​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.​

​Submission of Materials

​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.

In-Person Meetings

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.

Public Hearings

Instructions for observing or attending Orange County Board of Education meetings and making public comments are delineated on each board meeting agenda.


Charter Schools Unit (714) 966-4381

Aracely Chastain, Director (714) 966-4377

Anna Day, Administrator, Fiscal Oversight (714) 966-4387

Teresa Johnson,​ Administrator, Operations (714) 966-4071

Felipe Vasquez, Coordinator (714) 966-4370

Maureen Cox, Coordinator (714) 966-4252

​Jessica Williams​, Financial Analyst (714) 966-4388

Ana Torres, Executive Assistant (714) 966-4381