Art Charter School Partners With Duarte Unified
The Duarte Unified School District board voted unanimously to approve a partnership with Orange County School of the Arts. This will bring the highly successful public charter school to the San Gabriel Valley starting the 2017-18 school year.
“This is the culmination of a year of discussions both within our school board, and between our administration and the OCSA leadership,” said Dr. Allan Mucerino, Superintendent of DUSD.
The Northview Intermediate School campus will be the site for OCSA for five years. The California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley will be a public charter high school for 9-12 grade students consisting of five different schools: School of Dance, School of Fine & Media Arts, School of Music, School of Theatre, and School of Applied Arts.
The School of Applied Arts focuses on culinary arts and hospitality and will be offered through Duarte High School in a unique branding arrangement as part of the partnership. The partnership developed between DUSD and OCSA is the first of its kind between a charter and public school district with measures taken by the district to ensure the students of Duarte Unified and community of Duarte benefit from the venture
The CSArts-SGV will operate in collaboration with Duarte High School, not in isolation as many charter schools are known to do. The leadership teams of both schools have been collaborating all year and are in the process of developing plans to provide classes on both campuses that will be taken by CSArts-SGV and DHS students together. The faculties of both schools will work closely to offer all students an opportunity to participate in an arts-rich environment and comprehensive high school experience.
OCSA’s current campus operates under a charter authorized by the Santa Ana Unified School District and draws students from 121 cities throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. Approximately 4,000 students apply annually for its 400 openings. The charter from Duarte USD is expected to have similar widespread appeal.
“Our team is very excited to partner with DUSD,” said OCSA Founder, President, and Executive Director, Dr. Ralph Opacic. “I can assure you that our team will work in collaboration with the entire district to create a meaningful partnership and experience for the students of Duarte and the greater Duarte community.”
With a projected enrollment of 1,000-1,600 students, CSArts-SGV expects to create more than a 100 new jobs within the city of Duarte and an increase in patronage of local businesses by the many families whose students will be either commuting or moving to the area to attend the new school.
“I am happy for the children of Duarte. They deserve it,” said Superintendent Mucerino, “It’s a great time to be a kid in Duarte.”
For more information about the partnership between the Duarte Unified School District and the Orange County School of the Arts or the launch of the California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley charter school, please call (626) 599-5037 or visit the district website at www.duarteusd.org.