A California Distinguished School
Welcome to Ocean View Elementary School, Leaders in STEAM Education! Our mission is to empower students to become productive global citizens who exemplify compassion, perseverance and innovation.
Ocean View is a neighborhood school located between Grand Avenue and Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande, California. Our 62 staff members, both certificated and classified, serve approximately 630 students. We have a wide range of programs to meet the needs and interests of our wide-range of students. Some of the experiences offered for students include: GATE, RSP, SDC, Project Wisdom, DestiNation Imagination, Social Skills groups, Homework Club, Accelerated 6th grade Math, Dance Troupe, 4th/5th Music, 6th grade Band, STEAM education, and Bully Prevention activities. Our active and supportive PTA not only plan a range of annual events including: the Dinner Auction, Spirit Nights, Spring Carnival, assemblies, field trips for our students, and a yearly talent show but also support our educational endeavors as well. We emphasize scholarly attributes and expect each student to do his/her academic best in a challenging, engaging, inspiring, and safe learning environment.
Opened in 1962, Ocean View School is located on a hilltop in a residential neighborhood, with a serene view of the Oceano Dunes and the Pacific Ocean. Single-family homes dominate the housing surrounding the school site. Adjacent to the playground is a steep hill with a view of the Coastal Range. Students within our boundaries include those in the quaint Village of Arroyo Grande, the Rancho Grande Housing Development, and developments surrounding Paulding Middle School. The facilities include a large library, two computer labs, twenty-six classrooms, a multi-purpose room, and a picnic area. A large field and lower-level basketball court/handball area provide students an expansive play area. The cinderblock main buildings are equipped with a window wall and sliding doors that lead to colorful classroom gardens maintained by students and parent volunteers.
The school serves 650 students and a community where parent expectations are high. Parents are consistently involved in the education of their children. Staff and parental support for our school is exceptional. An active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) supports the school through fundraising events that are critical components in funding student field trips, instructional, and incentive programs. Annual cultural events support tradition and embrace the community. The Ocean View School Site Council also gives parents the opportunity to participate in decision-making on campus. PTA and School Site Council provide expanded learning opportunities for all students, such as: cultural assemblies, family educational nights, field trips. bussing, classroom aide support, and the Reading Counts Program. Our volunteers work in classrooms, work on PTA and School Site Council Boards, help with school beautification, act as room parents and publish the monthly newsletter, the Cougar Chronicle. More than 200 parents and community member volunteers log approximately 5,000 hours per year. The student handbook, parent survey, the Cougar Chronicle, PTA meetings, School Site Council meetings, classroom newsletters, and the Ocean View website and Facebook page are tools used to inform parents and community groups of current events.
Ocean View serves all of its students in a positive learning environment. State test scores are above the state average with a consistent API ranking of 9 (2012). Common Core and Next Generation Science (NGSS) standards are taught through unique and creative units utilizing Project Based Learning, S.T.E.A.M., Thinking Maps, and Depth & Complexity Icons.
Special programs such as Gifted and Talented identification, Bully Prevention, resource services, speech, before/after school tutoring, Services Affirming Family Empowerment System of Care, Project Wisdom, 1st - 5th grade music programs, 6th grade band, and an accelerated math class are some of the avenues utilized to meet student needs. Students are challenged to achieve and excel in various activities throughout the year. Activities include the Writing Celebration, Destination ImagiNation Teams, Reflections Art, the Bucketeers, Dance Troupe, community service club contests, art classes and additional programs. The City of Arroyo Grande provides on campus before and after-school care for Ocean View Students. Partnerships between the school and community are strong. Cal Poly State University, PG&E, and ECOSLO, to name a few, enhance the educational experience for our students. In addition, Ocean View has the support of many area businesses.
Ocean View Elementary celebrated its 50th Year Anniversary in December 2012.