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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

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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

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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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Los Alamitos High School sophomore sets sail for Olympic dream

Los Alamitos High School sophomore sets sail for Olympic dream

February 22 , 2024

Los Alamitos High School student Stewart McCaleb is flying out to Miami, but he won’t be there for a vacation. Stewart, a sophomore, will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials for sailing, becoming the first student to represent his school in the sport. According to district officials, Stewart will be participating in the Men’s Single Handed Dinghy division, where he will be pushed to his limits. The stakes will be high as he competes for his chance to go […]

10th OC Counselor Symposium awards eight counselors and two counseling advocates

10th OC Counselor Symposium awards eight counselors and two counseling advocates

February 21 , 2024

More than 800 educators counselors, administrators and school staff gathered at the 2024 Orange County Counselor Symposium to learn new approaches toward empowering students.  Organized by the Orange County Department of Education, the Feb. 7 event highlighted the unique contributions made by local school counselors and counseling advocates while inviting education leaders to share their expertise in the academic, social-emotional and career counseling domains.  Held at the Hilton Anaheim amid National School Counseling Week, the conference welcomed its largest amount […]

Artificial intelligence in OC schools: It’s not about the tech, it’s about the approach

Artificial intelligence in OC schools: It’s not about the tech, it’s about the approach

February 21 , 2024

As OCDE’s new administrators of artificial intelligence and innovation, Wes Kriesel and Kunal Dalal stand at the edge of an uncharted educational frontier.  But their work isn’t so much about teaching others to use a new technology as it is helping to advance a cultural shift in how educators perceive and integrate AI into their pedagogy.  In essence, when it comes to AI, the tool isn’t as important as the mindset. “We are in the business of humans,” says Dalal. […]

University High’s legal eagles soar to victory in OC Mock Trial, set sights on state finals

University High’s legal eagles soar to victory in OC Mock Trial, set sights on state finals

February 19 , 2024

There’s no appealing this courtroom ruling. Showcasing their legal acumen and public speaking skills, students from University High School in Irvine have won the Orange County Mock Trial competition and will participate in next month’s California Mock Trial Finals.  The countywide event, which ran from November through February, saw participation from 47 local high school teams and more than 1,000 students. The state finals are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles from March 22 through March 24. This year’s […]