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OC Board of Education Approves OC Classical Academy’s Petition to Open Up More Campuses

The Orange County Board of Education recently approved a petition by the Orange County Classical Academy (OCCA), a charter school in the city of Orange, to open up two more campuses amid its surging popularity.  The new charter school, which opened last year, has seen lengthy waiting lists since its inception, due to its style

The Orange County Board of Education recently approved a petition by the Orange County Classical Academy (OCCA), a charter school in the city of Orange, to open up two more campuses amid its surging popularity. 

The new charter school, which opened last year, has seen lengthy waiting lists since its inception, due to its style of classical teaching, which has led to its students scoring higher than the state average on test scores. 

Currently, OCCA has over 1,000 students on its waiting list, over double the school’s current enrollment of 420 students. 

The Board of Education’s approval was good news to the school given the demand of students who want to attend, meaning they will be able to accompany more students once the new facilities open. School officials are looking at Huntington Beach and Placentia as possible sites for the future openings. 

“We are extremely thrilled that the Orange County Board of Education has chosen to approve our petition,” Mark Bucher, co-founder of Orange County Classical Academy, told SoCal Daily Pulse. “Our classical style of teaching has been recognized by many Orange County families as a better fit for their children, given our 1,000 student waiting list. We are now looking for new locations for additional schools to accommodate the incredible demand we’re experiencing.”

While charter schools are public schools that receive public funding, they are allowed to choose their own curriculum and teaching style. Recent studies have shown that charter schools on average perform much higher than traditional public schools, due to the principle of school choice. 

If one charter school falls behind, parents can move their children to a higher performing school. This is not the case with traditional public schools, where students are chosen based on districts, making it much harder to move them away from underperforming schools. 

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