Charter Schools That Serve Orange County Students

Our Orange County charter school list includes:

  1. Full-time site-based charter schools

  2. Full-time site-based charter schools whose mission is to serve unique populations

  3. Part-time site-based programs offered by charter schools

  4. Full-time independent study charter schools.

*The following charter school summaries have been copied and pasted from the charter schools' websites.

Please note that this list is not comprehensive or complete. We'll continue to add more resources as we find them. This is a living document that will be updated periodically. If you have any resources to share with us, please email them to us at


1. Full-time Site-Based Charter Schools

Advanced Learning Academy (Santa Ana) - Advanced Learning Academy serves students in grades 3rd through 8th at one campus, and grades 9th-12th at a second campus (both campuses are in Santa Ana). It opened in 2015 as a Santa Ana Unified School District School of Choice. Their focus is to prepare students to be Future Ready, which means learning 21st Century skills such as Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. They are a small school that prides itself on building community within its classrooms. They use a competency-based instructional model, which means their classes are mixed grade levels. Students are grouped depending on their personalized learning needs. Each student is issued a Chromebook.

Community Roots Academy (Laguna Niguel) - A premier project-based K-8th grade public charter school with rigorous academic standards. With project-based learning at the center of this model learning community, an emphasis is placed on the mastery of fundamental academic skills, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, initiative, effective communications, adaptability, evaluating information, and imagination. They also offer a fee-based Reggio-inspired constructivist preschool encouraging children’s curiosity and excitement for learning (the preschool is located in San Clemente).

Edward B. Cole, Sr. Academy, EBC Academy, (Santa Ana) - EBC Academy is a TK-5th grade charter school designed to meet the educational needs of a community consisting predominately of non-English speaking, low income, and Latino families. Their Mission, Vision, and Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs) target a community needing both support and opportunities to make necessary changes that will enable them to become 21st-century learners.

El Rancho Charter School (Anaheim Hills) - El Rancho serves middle school grades of 7th and 8th only. They became a charter school to be a better public school for those who expect academic excellence and seek a school that helps build character. They are a tuition-free, public charter that provides a unique, almost private school experience to the Orange Unified School District and beyond. As a charter, they are organized by teachers, parents, and community leaders. With a rigorous curriculum, unique electives, and dedicated staff, they are equipped to bring the best for your child and your family.

El Sol Science and Arts Academy (Santa Ana) - El Sol’s mission is to provide a rigorous academic environment for students in grades K-8 that prepares them for entrance into a college preparatory track at the high school of their choice. Along with providing a rigorous academic environment, El Sol’s mission includes creating a culture of kindness, creativity, courage, and honesty that will encourage our graduates to assume leadership roles in the 21st Century.

International School for Science and Culture (Costa Mesa) - The founding group’s aim of this TK-8th grade school was to provide educational programming with individualized, differentiated instruction, in smaller class sizes, ensuring personal attention to each student, and challenging students through a World Languages curriculum (Mandarin Chinese and Spanish). The program includes rigorous English literacy content, and experiential STREAM and social-emotional learning.