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, computer lab with 34 computer stations, twenty-three 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 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 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. 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 trip bussing, classroom aide support, and the Readers are Leaders 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, Parent Teacher Association meetings, School Site Council meetings, classroom newsletters and the Ocean View website 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. Our socioeconomic sub-group increased 34% from 2009 to 2010, to a current count of one-hundred thirty-one. Our students include twenty-one English Language Learners,seventy Special Education Students, and fifty-one identified GATE students. Special programs such as Gifted and
Talented identification, resource services, speech, before/after school tutoring, Services Affirming Family Empowerment System of Care, Project Wisdom, and 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, drama club, the Bucketeers, community service club contests, accelerated math instruction, homework club, 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 enhance the educational experience for our students. Ocean View has the support of area businesses, such as Spencer’s Market, Domino’s Pizza and Von’s Grocery Store.
Ocean View Elementary will be celebrating it's 50th Year Anniversary in December 2012!