Olga L. Reed School is a rural, K-8 school with 197 students as of this writing. The school is a centerpiece of the small community of Los Alamos. Most parents work on the farms, ranches, and vineyards of Los Alamos, the nearby Santa Ynez Valley, and the Santa Maria Valley. The school plays a prominent role in community events such as the annual Old Days Celebration in late September and community initiatives such as the current effort to establish a community library on the Olga Reed campus.
From its inception until July 2011, Olga Reed was the lone school in the Los Alamos School District. In July 2011, the school and district were assimilated into the larger Orcutt Union School District. The 2013-2014 school year is Olga Reed's third with its new district. Since its absorption by Orcutt, Olga Reed has added some employees from elsewhere in the district; these employees include the principal, three classroom teachers, the Special Education Resource Specialist, and the speech therapist. These new employees, in turn, have profited from the expertise and experience of longstanding Olga Reed staff.
Meanwhile, the school's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) also is entering its third year. The PTSA has made expanding parent/family involvement its goal for 2013-2014.
As for student achievement, Olga Reed’s Academic Performance Index (API) from Spring 2013 stayed level from Spring 2012 (795), but what is important is that the school continues to outperform schools with similar demographics. Olga Reed earned a “10” on the state’s Similar Schools rankings for Spring 2012, and because its Spring 2013 API of 795 is dramatically higher than the median API for similar schools (721) it figures to have a high ranking once again.