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Mission Statement
We are the leaders of tomorrow, with the skills and competencies to be collaborators, communicators, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. We are risk-takers that learn from experience in order to succeed in an ever-changing world.
In order to accomplish our mission and mold our students become future leaders, there is a lot of work to be done in the present. As such, the OTA curriculum and program is rigorous, is designed to become more rigorous each day, and is replete with high expectations. It is not for everyone, and students who are disinterested in or unwilling to put forth exceptional daily, and often hourly, effort are not encouraged to enroll at OTA. In addition to continuously pushing our students to high academic achievement, OTA embraces an expectation of personal and social responsibility toward oneself and each other.
 Old Town Academy is a K-8th grade charter school, with our charter petition approved by the San Diego Unified School District. We have a maximum number of 270 students, in grades kindergarten through 8th grade, with a maximum number of 30 students in each class. We maintain a statewide ranking of 9 out of 10. Our demographics continue to move towards matching those of the SDUSD district, and we are striving to create a diverse learning environment, promoting equity and excellence for all students. We are a uniform school, with strict adherence to the dress code and high expectations for positive behavior, assuring students are safe, respectful, and responsible. There are 11 Guiding Principles that represent the expected behaviors of each and every OTA stakeholder(students, staff, and parents): communication, collaboration, curiosity, courage, responsibility, reflection, persistence, integrity, compassion, transparency, and accountability.
 At Old Town Academy, we are focused on core knowledge, Project-Based Learning, and Digital Literacy. Our emphasis is on the process of learning and developing high-achieving independent learners, who will be prepared for success in high school, which will enable them to be college and career ready. We offer an extensive after school enrichment program, with offerings in ballet, violin, piano, karate, soccer, tennis, yoga, volleyball, STEM, chess, robotics, and more. Our enrichment program is an extension of classroom learning and leads to further development of well-rounded students who will become active thinkers and lifelong learners.