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Orange County Educational Arts Academy

 SANTA ANA , CA 92701
[P] (714) 619-2962
[F] (714) 558-2775
[email protected]
Mike Limon
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Organization DBA OCEAA
Orange County Educational Arts Academy
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 55-0874759 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the OCEAA community is to nurture all learners to become creative, critical thinkers by providing high quality standards-based instruction through the arts, technology, language and culture.

Mission Statement

The mission of the OCEAA community is to nurture all learners to become creative, critical thinkers by providing high quality standards-based instruction through the arts, technology, language and culture.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $7,171,685.00
Projected Revenue $7,210,120.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • OCEAA Junior Conservatory (AKA KEDS program)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

The mission of the OCEAA community is to nurture all learners to become creative, critical thinkers by providing high quality standards-based instruction through the arts, technology, language and culture.

Background Statement

OCEAA was founded in 2005 by a group of dedicated educators, parents and community partners to provide a well-rounded education to the students of Orange County. As a public charter school serving approximately 580 students grades TK-8, OCEAA is funded directly from the state, based on student attendance and is subject to the same accountability measures as other public schools. We continue to proactively refine our curriculum and instruction to ensure students are challenged with rigorous studies, leading to continued achievement and growth.
Knowing that students do better when their families are involved, we strive to create a school culture where teachers and parents are partners in the educational process. We not only encourage parent participation at OCEAA, but it is part of the community that we foster.

Impact Statement

  • OCEAA has demonstrated significant student achievement standards, exceeding Santa Ana Unified District test scores, even under new testing methods. This is of course the most important metric of our success.
  • OCEAA has strengthened our Pathways to Bi-Literacy program. The Seal of Bi-literacy is an award given to students who have studied and attained proficiency in two languages.
  • OCEAA has incorporated arts into its curriculum, and as such, has established partnerships with community organizations such as The California Arts Project, Orange County Performing Arts Center, House of Blues of Anaheim and Orange County Museum of Art.
  • Everyday, students receive a fresh fruit snack for free and are offered fresh, low-fat, low-sugar food, that is cooked onsite. For some of our students, this is the healthiest and maybe the only meal they receive during the day.
  • The facility also offers free healthy food to anyone under 18 during our Kids Expanded Day School program, our after school enrichment program.

Needs Statement

OCEAA's student population are TK-8th graders that are 70% new English learners, majority low-income and 20% homeless students. Although School Funding pays for their education at OCEAA, it doesn't pay for before school programs, after-school programs, tuutoring and enrichment. These programs are needed for working families and students disadvataged by language, living situation or special needs. To best prepare them for the world and aid working parents, OCEAA requires scholarship funding to allow these students to participate in our KEDS program. KEDS is before/after-school care, summer camps, tutoring and enrichment programs outside of school hours. 

CEO Statement

OCEAA is more than a school, it’s a vibrant, engaged community that is committed to cross-cultural communication and understanding.

To meet ambitious goals for student achievement in the Common Core era, OCEAA seeks to grow in several areas: 1) deepen our Professional Learning partnership with EL Education, a nationally recognized school reform network; 2) expand access to our high quality afterschool program to all students; and 3) provide a full-service summer school program to accelerate academic and artistic growth.  

Current events remind us that cross-cultural communication is now a basic requirement for college and career success. Your time and resources in support of OCEAA’s growth ensure that our graduates are ready for a bright future.

Board Chair Statement

Every child has the right to an education. Yet, for many children access to a rigorous, high-quality education can be difficult to come by. And for some, access to a rigorous, high-quality education in a community that nurtures their creativity, affirms their individuality, and empowers them to think critically is a near impossibility. At OCEAA, we are working every day to make it a reality.

When I first joined the Board of Directors nearly ten years ago, OCEAA was the lowest performing school in Orange County, had experienced annual administrative turnover, and was facing unprecedented budget cuts brought on by our nationwide recession. We were forced to freeze employee salaries, ask families already struggling financially to donate copy paper and pencils, and use personal credit cards to purchase instructional materials; we struggled to keep the lights on. But, through hard work, perseverance, and passion, we experienced the highest single-year test-score growth of any elementary school in the state, expanded our core and extracurricular offerings, and not only purchased our own building, but grew into a second due to increased enrollment.

To help us get there, we asked our staff to make personal and professional sacrifices; believing in the mission of our school and the potential of our students, they did. We asked our families to support us and to support each other; believing in the possibility of their community and their children, they did. All of our stakeholders work tirelessly to ensure that our students have access not just to the best education available, but to the best education possible. This means a school-wide commitment to educating the whole child, physically, emotionally, and mentally. The result is a rigorous Spanish-English dual-immersion program that allows children to strengthen their home language while acquiring a second. It is an appreciation of the arts and an integration of it across our curricula. It is a respect for individuality, a love of learning, a belief that who we are and what we do matters.

César Chávez said, "The end of all education should surely be service to others”. At OCEAA, we are developing the hearts and minds of children who will leave our school informed, prepared, and committed to making the world a better place. This is why I continue my work with OCEAA. We are not simply building a unique, high-caliber dual-immersion and arts-centered community school, we are building a model for excellence in education. There is no other school I would rather work with, there is no other school I would rather support, there is no other school I would rather send my own children to. I am honored to be a part of OCEAA; you will be, too.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Write checks payable to:Orange County Educational Arts Academy or OCEAA 825 N. Broadway Santa Ana, CA 92701

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
Most of our students come from Santa Ana and communities adjacent in Anaheim, Orange, Tustin and Costa Mesa.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Charter Schools
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts Schools
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools



OCEAA Junior Conservatory (AKA KEDS program)

We know, that arts instruction engages students and increases learning and achievement, a reason we are offering the junior conservatory in vocal arts and theater is to increase the opportunity of high quality instruction as early as 3rd grade, but we also want to provide more skills for those that may be interested in a career in the arts. 

The conservatories are taught by professional artists including Donald Amerson who teaches at the South Coast Repertory, for a very low cost of up to $40 per month. Currently music and dance classes for one child can cost a household up to $200 per month, making these type of extra-curricular activities out of reach for most parents living in Santa Ana where 14% of households earn between $20-$30,000.

Budget  $65,126.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Children's Theater Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  To provide students with more hours of high quality instruction in the arts and prepare them for potential auditions.Students performed a showcase and they are gaining more confidence in their skills.
Program Long-Term Success  To provide students  high quality arts instruction who otherwise would not have access to it. To instill confidence and provide them higher opportunities in the arts in high school and beyond. 
Program Success Monitored By  Erica Vicario, Arts Coordinator 
Examples of Program Success  We can improve the program by having more scholarships to provide for students who can't afford the classes. We can also improve the program by have a proper rehearsal space for vocal and theatre.


CEO/Executive Director Mike Limon
CEO Term Start July 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Vanessa Besack Director of Operations --
Kristin Collins School Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
Arts OC 2018
Orange County Funders Roundtable 2014
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2007

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


South Coast Rep 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 57
Number of Part Time Staff 31
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 11
Staff Retention Rate % 77%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 85
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 85
Male: 9
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Dr Kimberly Barraza-Lyons
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term 2007 - May 2019
Board Co-Chair Dr. Alfonso Bustamante
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term 2007 - Sept 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr Kimberly Barraza Lyons President Voting
Dr Alfonso Bustamante Vice Chair Voting
Janine McFarlin Committee Chair Voting
Scott Overpeck Chair Voting
Ben Stanphill Secretary Voting
Valerie Sullivan Vice Chair Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Campus Planning and Development
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $7,210,120.00
Projected Expenses $7,171,685.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 OCEAA Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $7,223,134 $7,054,220 $6,326,930
Total Expenses $7,687,860 $7,112,774 $6,459,809

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$201,087 $181,925 $222,850
Government Contributions $6,709,847 $6,503,540 $5,791,069
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $6,709,847 $6,503,540 $5,791,069
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $301,641 $355,223 $302,110
Investment Income, Net of Losses $10,559 $7,451 $4,708
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other -- $6,081 $6,193

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $6,116,762 $6,026,980 $5,588,825
Administration Expense $1,516,796 $1,024,876 $795,381
Fundraising Expense $54,302 $60,918 $75,603
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.94 0.99 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 85% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $11,197,841 $11,796,370 $11,051,718
Current Assets $3,257,723 $3,164,587 $3,050,486
Long-Term Liabilities $10,414,932 $10,637,169 $9,770,739
Current Liabilities $441,807 $353,373 $416,597
Total Net Assets $341,102 $805,828 $864,382

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 7.37 8.96 7.32

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 93% 90% 88%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.