Orcutt Academy Charter opened in 2008 to provide students in kindergarten through 12th grades with a brick and mortar school as well as independent study program with a focus on community service.
The school provides a challenging college preparatory program with strong academic programs, AVID classes, planned career technical education, and advanced placement courses, The school also blends visual and performing arts courses with math, engineering, technology, and science. The multi-grade curriculum is one of the best reasons to attend the school as some students commented. Other students are very excited about the opportunity to have classes at home as well as at the school.
Most parents are very pleased with the curriculum and how the teachers are always available to help students. The school offers a variety of sports and clubs, which give students other activities, which is wonderful to give them a break from the challenging curriculum. Most parents stated this is a perfect blend. Some parents stated that the parent involvement at the school is amazing which makes the school feel more like a family instead of a school.
A few parents expressed their concern that their children were not learning very well and their grade point average dropped once they started attending the school. However, most parents said just the opposite.
The Academic Performance Index declined 6 points from the previous to 850. The statewide goal is 800. Parents were not as concerned since the school is still above the statewide goal.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was mixed. Even though there was academic growth some grade levels did not meet the average of the state in some subjects such as 57% of 2nd graders passed the English exam with the state average at 58%, 53% of 3rd graders passed the math exam with the state average at 69%, and 61% of 4th graders passed the math exam with the state average at 71%. Parents are confused about these percentages as the academic growth is above statewide goals.
The California High School Exit Exam tests 10th graders mastering skills in English language arts and mathematics. Students at Orcutt Academy Charter did exceptional with the exit exam with 98% passing the English exam with the state average at 83% and 99% in math with the state at 84%.
With the mixed comments and the mixed percentage of students passing the state standards exams, it would be in your best interest to visit the school and talk with other parents before enrolling your child.
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