Located in historic and scenic Orcutt, California, Orcutt Academy High School is home to the Spartans. OAHS is a charter high school with a small student population. Unique in its structure, Orcutt Academy prides itself with 100% graduation rates and national rankings with all high schools in the United States according to the US News and World Report.

Our Educational Program

With the vast majority heading to college after graduation, Spartans take their education very seriously. OA provides a diverse and rigorous curriculum ranging from language arts, math, and sciences to enriching the soul through the arts. One unique aspect that almost every student benefits from is the personalized attention that Orcutt Academy staff dedicates itself to achieve. A student population of just over six hundred creates a very personal atmosphere where students feel safe and respected. The numbers back these claims with some of the highest test results in the nation, but to Orcutt students, this is just a great place to learn.

Our Mission

The mission of the Orcutt Academy is to create a learning community which values the application of academic learning in the “real world” while promoting intercultural understanding and respect for others. The creation of new knowledge is encouraged and expected, thereby equipping graduates for successful academic and workforce experience as life-long learners.

To provide our students with a rigorous academic program, extracurricular opportunities for all, and a tight-knit school culture where students are connected with our teachers and staff.

OAHS Students are College and Career Ready upon graduation.

Our Vision

Orcutt Academy High School will lead students to achieve excellence in a wide range of academics and extracurricular activities in a 21st Century charter high school facility. We will equip students for the demands and opportunities of the future by attracting and maintaining high-quality teachers and staff who challenge students to be focused on college/career readiness through a disciplined and caring environment where conduct, ethics, and high morals are expected.

Our Expectations

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs) are distilled from Core Values developed by staff during the 2016-2017 school year. They are as follows:

Generate strong relationships. OA students will capitalize on a nurturing, inclusive environment to build strong relationships with each other and with staff.

Refine academic and life skills. OA students will develop and apply academic and life skills. OA will provide high academic expectations and rigor while also providing timely interventions to ensure the success of all students.

Exhibit a plan for the future. OA will prepare its students for college and career success. Students will graduate with a plan for postsecondary success that reflects individual goals and interests.

Attitude rooted in responsibility and character. OA students are challenged to make moral and ethical decisions and to give back to their community.

Total connection with school. OA students become affiliated with the school through involvement in a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular activities

Our Recognitions

  • #1 SB County Rank (2020)
  • 8th Percentile Nationally According to US News and World Report
  • 100% Graduation Rate
  • 95% Graduate “a-g” eligible
  • 60% of student population between a 3.5-4.0++ GPA
  • 97% Early Access to College through Concurrent Enrollment and CollegeNow with our community college partner, Allan Hancock College
  • 100% of our Teachers are Highly Qualified

Our History

The Orcutt Academy Charter School (OA) opened its doors on August 20, 2008. In response to public demand on the Central Coast for schools that offer different and innovative educational solutions, the Orcutt Union School District Board of Trustees realized that there was a place for a grades K-12 school that would provide the advantages of a small learning community as well as establish a small local public high school in an area where none previously existed. OA now functions as a dependent charter school, chartered and operated by the Orcutt trustees, and has full access to its school district’s powerful educational resources. OA operates under its own distinct County/District/School (CDS) number and designated Charter number (No. 967). Students take the same state assessments and the school is subject to the same accountability measures as other public schools and school districts. Located on three sites, OA includes classroom-based learning on two separate campuses(Orcutt Academy High School and Orcutt Academy, K-8) and an independent study program in Casmalia (OAIS, K-8).

Home of the Spartans!

  • Best High School National Ranking US News & World Report - September 2023
  • Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • 97% Students who Earn College Credit through Concurrent Enrollment
  • 60% Student Population with a 3.5 - 4.0 Grade Point Average
  • 100% Highly Qualified Teachers
  • 18 CIF Sports Across Divisions
  • 650 Total High School Students
  • 8th Percentile National Ranking among Eligible High Schools in the Country
  • 95% A-G Eligible upon Graduation
  • 2008 Year Orcutt Academy High School was Founded

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