In case you missed it, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week suspending the California High School Exit Exam -- and the requirement that students pass it as a graduation requirement -- through the 2017-18 school year. [...]
You may have read about charter schools in the news recently, and perhaps you’ve found yourself wondering, “What exactly are charter schools, and how do they differ from public or private schools?” Well, we’re here to help, with a list of frequently asked questions. [...]
‘The Water Effect,’ kicking off Oct. 10, urges high school students to be part of conservation solutions
Inside the Outdoors and The Ecology Center are launching a new high school program that aims to raise awareness about water conservation and inspire students to develop creative solutions with their peers. [...]
Anaheim district is first to make OCDE’s Inside the Outdoors program available to all students (video)
Marking a first for Orange County, the Anaheim City School District is giving every one of its students the opportunity to receive quality outdoor science education through OCDE’s long-running Inside the Outdoors program. You read that right -- every student at every grade level. For Anaheim City, that means approximately 20,000 kids in transitional kindergarten through grade six will receive hands-on lessons covering science and nature. [...]
In an effort to help aspiring college students pay for school, President Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan have announced a pair of changes designed to streamline the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, process. [...]
The High School Inc. program at Valley High School in Santa Ana may have raised a few eyebrows when it announced that students who entered as sophomores had posted a near-perfect graduation rate of 98.5 percent in 2014. But graduation statistics only tell part of the story. What’s perhaps most unique is this school-within-a-school’s approach to blending college and career readiness. Click through to learn more.
All schools in Orange County will be back in session in September, making it a great time to emphasize the importance of not missing school. It is critical that schools intervene early to identify and address the issues that contribute to chronic absenteeism. [...]
Thousands of students that had been unable to graduate due to the cancellation of the July California High School Exit exam are now exempt from that requirement. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 725. [...]
Perhaps you've been following the story of eight students from Santa Ana who earned the rare opportunity to be interns at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. On the day before they completed the program, we dispatched a video crew to talk about their experiences.
New school registration is underway throughout Orange County, and students and parents may be asked to pay some fees. In an effort to clarify what fees schools can and cannot charge and how schools can be complaint with the law, we consulted with our Orange County Department of Education legal counsel. [...]