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Chancellor Alvarado's Welcome Message (2021-22)

Dear OPA Families and Community, 

As Chancellor of Oxford Preparatory Academy - South Orange County, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2021-2022 school year. We are all excited to have our Champions back in the classrooms and throughout campus filling it with energy and enthusiasm for learning. I feel honored to work with our highly qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful Champions, and our highly engaged and supportive OPA families. 

My Mission and vision is the following: 
*Create and implement a vision that leads to high academic achievement and social growth
*Develop shared vision of rigor and high expectations 
*Ensure vision and mission drive school decisions 
*Develop strong and meaningful relationships with our OPA community. 
I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and I completed a Master of Science and Administrative Services Credential at California State University of Fullerton.  

I have been in the field of education for eighteen years and I have served in three Orange County Districts, four high schools and one TK-8th grade school. I began my career in education as a high school Mathematics teacher and taught for seven years. I served as a Dean of Academics for three years, Assistant Principal for six years and the last two years as a Principal at OPA. 

I am honored to begin my third year as your Chancellor. It is a true privilege to be part of a community where OPA families, Champions and Professors care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support students’ academic and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at 949-305-6111 or at denise.alvarado@oxfordchampions.com

Please take care of yourself, each other and OPA! 

Denise Alvarado

News & Announcements

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May 16, 2022

Dear OPA Families,
The Orange County Department of Education is hosting an important webinar on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022. This webinar comes to us at a perfect time. I have received some reports about several Instagram accounts that have been created with the OPA logo. OPA does not monitor social media accounts. OPA parents can help by monitoring their child/children's use of technology, by attending the workshop this Tuesday and by reporting fake accounts.
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OPA-Middle School Public Hearing

Saddleback Valley USD held a Public Hearing on May 12, 2022, to solicit comments regarding our charter petition. OPA professors, students, parents, and our Board Secretary spoke out regarding their support for the petition.
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May 8, 2022

Wishing all the amazing OPA moms a Happy Mother’s Day! This week we celebrated staff appreciation week. Thank you to our awesome Honour Society and all of our wonderful OPA families for your thoughtfulness. On Monday the staff lounge was fully stocked with snacks for the week. On Tuesday we had a popcorn bar. On Wednesday we had a barista come to our campus and all staff had their coffee drinks delivered to their class. On Thursday we had the Kona Ice truck and car wash for staff and on Friday we had Burger & Grill Italian Food Truck for lunch.
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May 1, 2022

We are excited to announce that Oxford Preparatory Academy, South Orange County is a 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program winner. It truly takes a team of passionate, dedicated, and hardworking educators to provide unique opportunities and strategies to support our students. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced yesterday the winners of the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program. This award was given to only 727 California schools.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Postponed

I hope you all had a wonderful week and an amazing Spring Break! As some of you may have heard, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a statement today regarding the timeline for COVID-19 vaccination requirements in schools. Because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet fully approved COVID-19 vaccines for individuals of all ages within the 7-12 grade span, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required for the 2022-2023 school year. Therefore, the CDPH will not initiate the process to make the COVID-19 vaccination part of the vaccinations required for in-person attendance until full FDA approval and no sooner than July 1, 2023.
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Exciting OPA News

I am very excited to announce that both OPA - Saddleback Valley and OPA - South Orange County were selected to receive the 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award. Yesterday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced the recipients of the Award, which was given to only 727 California schools. “I’m incredibly proud of these schools and districts for their creativity, dedication, and innovation in the face of adversity,” Thurmond said. “These schools led incredible efforts to engage students, distribute technology, provide meals, and support the social and emotional well-being of students during an incredibly difficult time for schools and families.”
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April 24, 2022

Dear OPA Families,
I hope you had a great weekend with your loved ones! This weekend OPA students, parents and staff made a difference in our community at OPA’s 3rd Annual Day of Service. We collaborated with the city of Mission Viejo’s Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration. Volunteering improves mental health for all. It reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, and increases happiness.
Volunteering isn’t only good for your child’s mental wellbeing. It is an enriching educational activity that helps them grow in 4 key areas: social skills, empathy, self-efficacy, and civic engagement and responsibility.
April 18, 2022 Featured Photo

April 18, 2022

Dear OPA Families,
We hope you are enjoying your weekend with your loved ones! Please join us tomorrow, Monday, April 18th for our S.T.E.A.M. Showcase. We will begin our event at 4pm in Honour Hall with a warm welcome and a special presentation to learn more about our Champion Profile.
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April 11, 2022

Dear OPA Families,
We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break! On Monday, April 11th, we will have Antigen Rapid COVID tests available to any OPA family who would like to test their student(s) before school. Please join us on Tuesday and Wednesday to view the Trimester 2 Awards Ceremony on Zoom. We are also excited to announce and invite all of our awesome OPA families to our S.T.E.A.M. Showcase on Monday April 18th 4:00-6:30pm.
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April 5, 2022

We hope you have a wonderful Spring Break! There will be no school and our offices will be closed Monday, April 4th - April 8th. Our professors will also be on their much needed break and will not be available during this time, but we will be back on Monday, April 11th.

Upcoming Events

8th Student Alumni Panel

Time: 9 AM – 9:50 AM
Location: https://oxfordchampions.zoom.us/j/89846080457?pwd=TjJaNjlSdFFSVmtBNXlXUENzdlozdz09

8th Grade Family Alumni Panel

Time: 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
Location: https://oxfordchampions.zoom.us/j/82886664067?pwd=TktBL1Y1eTg4RVhWcUVrUzdNZTNYUT09