About OCS

Our Community School
Since 2005

Celebrating 12 Years of Excellence!

Mission Statement

Our Community School guides our students to be empowered, ethical, and informed members of our community and, therefore every community. OCS staff members, students and families collaborate in the ongoing process of education. Our diverse and caring community integrates academics with creativity, thereby fostering independent thinkers, problem solvers and leaders. We nurture multiple aspects of a child’s development: physical, emotional, intellectual, artistic and social.

Vision Statement

OCS is a model for student centered TK-8 education and a leading example for educators. We envision sharing our expertise throughout the educational community.

Who We Are: School Non-profit Organization
Our Community School (OCS) is an award winning, tuition-free, public charter school founded in 2005 serving grades K-8. Our diverse and dedicated community of educators balances academics with creativity, thereby fostering independent thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders that are guided to become ethical, empowered, and informed members of our society. The OCS Board of Directors, a group made up of parents, representatives of the OCS faculty and administration and community members has legal and fiduciary responsibility for the school. The Principal and Assistant Principal oversee the day-to-day operations of the school and the Principal answers to the Board of Directors. The school receives its charter approval through the L.A. Unified School District. The school must teach to the California State Standards and students second grade and older take all required state standardized tests, and are funded directly from the State on a per pupil basis. We are proud to announce that our most recent API score is 864. All children in the LAUSD area are eligible to apply. Each year a lottery is held for any available openings for all grade levels. Families applying after the lottery will be placed on a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to siblings of currently enrolled students.

Our school program is based on three main themes:

1. Constructivism: Students learn through connecting new ideas to prior learning. Each experience is an opportunity to construct new meaning through discussion, collaboration, and reflection to integrate new concepts.

2. Responsive Classrooms and Developmental Design: Through a variety of activities, students learn organizational, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills, while developing and improving their creativity, independence, cooperation, responsibility, and self-discipline.

3. Integrated Hands-On Learning: Integrated curriculum enables students to understand concepts at a deeper level and to connect learning across content areas. Students are more engaged and more apt to use critical thinking skills and retain information when content learning is integrated with technology, classroom projects, field trips, service learning the arts, and in our garden program.

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