OCSA is a public charter school and is part of the Santa Ana Unified School District and is tuition free. However, it is donation-dependent because your child’s art education (conservatory classes) which make OCSA special, are not free and are paid for by parents. Each year the school must raise approximately $5 million to fund the eleven arts conservatories.
Each family is required to complete a Parent Funding Agreement (PFA) that outlines how much you will pay and when. The cost runs between $3,000 and $4,000 per year; it varies by grade and conservatory. You can pay in full, monthly for 10-mos. or on a schedule of your choosing. There are several fundraising opportunities that you and your child can participate in and the money you raise goes toward your PFA. If you buy Scrip (see ‘Lingo’) 75% of the rebate goes toward your PFA.
In addition to funding your students conservatory, there is a ‘Bridge the Gap’ on-time payment that parents are asked (but not required) to contribute each year to help off set the negative effects of recent school budget cuts. Plus there are many school fundraisers and your ticket purchases and/or contributions help to raise funds for the school too. The is also an opportunity for employer matching.
All cash donations to the school are tax deductible
OCSA’s official stance is that “no student is admitted or denied based on financial capacity.”
To see how OCSA breaks down the facts about Parent Giving, click here.