School Programs

College and Career and STEAM Activities and Electives

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) Innovation Technology Lab

Mayor Sam Liccardo attended the 

awarding of this plaque during the ribbon ceremony

this summer 2019.


Our VILS partnership empowers the OSA staff and students to engage in a state-of-the-art academic experience with the establishment of only 1 of 2 Verizon Innovation Technology labs in the Bay Area. See for yourself.

At the Ocala STEAM Academy, we strive to innovate learning for students in East San Jose.












Official Verizon Logo celebrating the partnership with OSA.

Students studying on the innovation lab design tables.

Students use the green screen to layer in a digital background.


Advancement By Individual Determination "AVID"

College readiness does NOT start in high school. At the Ocala STEAM Academy, teachers across all content areas participate in college going culture ranging from showing college aspirational spirit on college gear Mondays to participating in the AVID elective. During AVID, students have a specific focus on college-going skills and practices to develop readiness in all three grade-levels. The teachers of the AVID elective include Ms. Ruiz at 6th grade, Ms. Lopes at 7th, and Ms. Bustamante as the 8th grade elective teacher. All students are welcome to apply and show their college-aspirations at the beginning and end of each school year.

Math, Science and Engineering Achievement "MESA"

Ms. Balster, OSA's 8th grade math and science department lead stewards the most motivated STEAM scholars in regional mathematics, science, and engineering competitions through the MESA club. In the 2019-2020 school year, OSA will host a MESA Lego Robotics competition.

MESA meets every Friday in Ms. Balster's class. Reach out to her for more information on joining and participation.

The Tech Museum of Innovation Partnership

Each year, cohorts of OSA educators have commited to training with San Jose's very own Tech Museum of Innovation. During the summer, OSA teachers train alongside educators from throughout the Silicon Valley in current STEM/STEAM practices including mechanical engineering, computer engineering, and design thinking.

Intermediate (6-7) and Advanced (7-8) Band

After School: Sports and City Year (Despues de escuela: Deportes y la programa City Year)