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. 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.