The South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) housed at Dana Hills High School, is a visual and performing arts academy for students within the Capistrano Unified School District who have special interests and potential for creativity. Founded in 1996, SOCSA provides students with intensive training in the arts through a diverse art curriculum, offering comprehensive study in the visual arts, dance, musical theatre, acting, directing, television production and script writing, theatre history, art history, graphic and commercial art, vocal and instrumental music, and communications. Students receive individual and group attention from a faculty who have broad artistic competencies and expertise, including guest lecturers, performers, and designers. SOCSA also utilizes the varied and considerable resources of the cities encompassing South Orange County.
A variety of curricular paths within SOCSA are explored within our arts courses to help identify the various career and lifelong learning possibilities for our students.
SOCSA has an enrollment of over 700 students. Dana Hills High School has received two commendations as a State California Distinguished School and a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has recognized SOCSA at Dana Hills High School as a 2016 “Best Community for Music Education”. The excellence of the SOCSA program has greatly contributed toward the success of Dana Hills in receivin