We develop creative, entrepreneurial minds. This college-prep program is designed to provide structure, values, and leadership training in a healthy, collaborative environment.

  • 1-5 days/week custom schedule
  • Dual enrollment – up to 2 years’ college credit simultaneous with high school credit
  • Structured, values-oriented community
  • In-person classes

How it works

OCE Academy is a private learning center, and our students are encouraged to enroll in an accredited public independent study high school. These accredited public schools provide:
  • accredited academic curriculum
  • official high school transcripts
  • trained guidance counselors
  • tutoring and academic help
  • free dual-enrollment community college classes

Safe & structured campus

OCE Academy provides a safe, structured campus in Newport Beach where students may come and complete their work. We support and encourage students to pursue their dreams and start their own small businesses to gain life experience in sales, marketing, finance, initiative, proactivity, planning, taxes, and grit.
We also provide in-person elective classes including:
  • Public Speaking
  • Financial Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product Design

Facilities and Organizations

OCE has a beautiful campus in Newport Beach: 1011 Camelback St. Newport Beach, CA 92660. It borders Irvine, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana and is close to the 55/405 and 73 freeways.




Upon choosing classes, students and families are provided a strict, structured curriculum with specific objectives of each topic covered, including homework assignments.



We infuse our curriculum and culture with old-fashioned values, including kindness, respect, gratitude, humility, hard work, forgiveness, discipline and fortitude.

Nurturing Setting

We provide a physically & emotionally safe, structured, disciplined environment focused on kindness & respect for all.

About Our Founder

Marlene Sheehan Dandler graduated from the Lakeside School in Seattle, WA in 1994 and Dartmouth College in 1998. During her time at Dartmouth, she studied at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany as well as at the Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China.

While at Dartmouth, Marlene worked as a German language instructor for Professor John Rassias, the creator of the Rassias Method, a unique, intensive language immersion technique used by the Peace Corps to learn a foreign language in 10 days’ time.

This revolutionary method of rapid, effective language acquisition impressed Marlene greatly and became the foundation of Seashore Academy’s language immersion philosophy.

When her own three children were ready to start school, Marlene visited over 2 dozen public, and private schools searching for an academically intensive, nurturing school in which her children would be immersed in a foreign language.

She and her husband decided to immerse their three children in Mandarin Chinese to best prepare them for future business and work opportunities. As there were no Mandarin immersion programs in Orange County at the time, Marlene spearheaded a successful effort to launch a public Mandarin immersion district school in Orange, CA, which operates to this day. While building the program, she homeschooled her children with a private Mandarin tutor.

Today, all of the children at the Seashore Mandarin program, including Marlene’s own three children, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in traditional characters. They work in an academically accelerated environment and enjoy plenty of free time to read and play as they have no homework.


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    1011 Camelback St. Newport Beach CA 92660
    United States

    Mailing Address
    1300 Bristol St. N. Suite 100,
    Newport Beach CA 92660