Brea Olinda Unified School District

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Brea Olinda Unified School District is the school district serving the City of Brea in Orange County, California, United States. It also serves portions of the nearby cities of Fullerton, Yorba Linda and La Habra.

The school district consists of:


In 1994 the district had the lowest dropout rate of the districts in Orange County: 13 students, making up 0.5% of the district's students, quit school in 1994.[1]

The District has completed design plans for a new elementary school at the corner of Birch and Valencia. However, construction is on hold as the school district waits for developer fees from three major housing projects in Brea. [2]

The District has made a foray into the digital age by upgrading their schools with audio visual technology, including:

  • Hitachi CP-X 2010 Projectors
  • Elmo TT-02 Document Cameras
  • Technology Workstand AV Carts

In doing so, the district hopes to keep students more involved by incorporating interesting and new teaching styles, and save money that would have been otherwise spent on supplying teachers with clear sheets for overhead projectors.

This statement about the av cart and av technology integration was made by Christine Olmstead, the technology director for the school district:

"Security Works company has been outstanding in helping us design a Mobile Technology Workstand to accommodate our 21st Century Classrooms at an affordable price. Our Electronic Document Cameras, Laptops, and Projectors all fit securely on one mobile stand that can move around a classroom or between classrooms to share."

District Leadership[edit]

Board of trustees[edit]

The Brea Olinda Unified School District has a seven-member board. Each member is elected to serve a four-year term of office. The current trustees are:[3]

  • Carrie Flander, President
  • Gail Lyons, Vice-President
  • Paul Ruiz, Clerk
  • Nicole Colon, Member
  • Bill Hall, Member
  • Steve Sewel, Member
  • Rod Todd, Member

The Board of Trustees is responsible for policy making for the school district.

The Superintendent[edit]

The Board of Trustees appoints a professional to oversee the day-to-day operations of the school district. The current Superintendent of Schools is Brad Mason, who acts as the chief executive officer of the school district as well as the Secretary to the Board of Trustees. He has two Assistant Superintendents, Anne Flesher for Personnel and Educational Services and John Fogarty for Business Services.


Brea Olinda Unified consists of nine schools: six elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one continuation high school.

Elementary schools[edit]

Junior High School[edit]

High school[edit]

Continuation High School[edit]

District Achievements[edit]

California Distinguished Schools[edit]

California Gold Ribbon Schools[edit]

  • Arovista Elementary School
  • Laurel Elementary School
  • William E. Fanning Elementary School

Title I Academic Achievement Award (CDE)[edit]

  • Laurel Elementary Schools

National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence[edit]

  • Brea Olinda High School
  • Olinda Elementary School

API Scores[edit]

  • Eight of Brea Olinda's nine schools are now over 800 with their API scores.

Orange County Teachers of the Year[edit]

  • Jeff Sink, Brea Olinda High School (1998)
  • Scott Malloy, Brea Olinda High School (2000)

California Teacher of the Year[edit]

  • Scott Malloy, Brea Olinda High School (2000)

Athletic Achievements[edit]

National Championships[edit]

  • Brea Olinda High School Girls Basketball, 1994 (USA Today), 2009 (MaxPreps)

California State Championships[edit]

  • Brea Olinda High School Girls Basketball, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009

CIF Championships[edit]

  • Brea Olinda High School Football, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 (A-Division)
  • Brea Olinda High School Boys Soccer, 1986, 2001
  • Brea Olinda High School Girls Basketball, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006
  • Brea Olinda High School Cross Country, 2006
  • Brea Olinda High School Girls Swimming, 2001, 2002
  • Brea Olinda High School Boys Swimming 1988

CIF Southern Section Championships[edit]

  • Brea Olinda High School Wildcat Football, 2001
  • Brea Olinda High School Girls Basketball, 2007, 2009

Brea Education Foundation[edit]


The non-profit Brea Education Foundation (BEF), a community of parents, neighbors, and business leaders, was activated in 2005 to support all students in the Brea Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD). In these times of shrinking school budgets, the foundation is focusing on funding three main areas: technology, science and the arts.[4]

Board of Directors[edit]

  • Barbara Paxton, President
  • Bill Higgins, Vice-President
  • Steven Mayberry, Treasurer
  • Andrew Todd, Recording Secretary
  • My-Ngoc Allred, Financial Secretary
  • Ric Clough, Director
  • Holli Kittleson, Director
  • Kari Windes, Director
  • Dr. A.J. "Skip" Roland, Advisor[5]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ko, Mimi. "Countywide : Brea Olinda School District Boasts O.C.'s Lowest Dropout Rate." Los Angeles Times. March 22, 1995. Retrieved on March 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Fletcher, Jaimee Lynn (2007-07-17). "Waiting for funding". The Orange County Register.
  3. ^ Brea Olinda Unified School District. "Brea Olinda USD - Board of Education". Archived from the original on October 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  4. ^ "Brea Education Foundation". Brea Education Foundation. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ Brea Education Foundation. "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2015-02-18.

See also[edit]

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