Q: How can I register?
A: Orange Community Education & Recreation begins accepting registrations at the Registration Fair each season. This is the first opportunity for Orange School District residents to register for programs & activities. Click here for a complete listing of the six ways you can register for a program.
Q: How can I find out about classes and activities being offered by OCE&R?
A: You can use this website and view all the various program area offerings or go directly to the "Activity Brochure" page on this website to learn about offerings for each season. A printed activity brochure is also published each Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer and is mailed to all homes in the greater Orange district. The seasonal activity brochure is also distributed at convenient public and retail locations throughout the community. Press releases and announcements about classes and events are routinely placed in the local newspapers. And, you can always call Orange Community Education & Recreation at 216-831-8601 and talk to any of our staff about programs and opportunities.
Q: Where are classes, activities and events held?
A: The OCE&R department is located on the Orange Schools Campus at 32000 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The majority of classes and activities are held in one of the campus facilities including the Pepper Pike Learning Center, the Orange Senior Adult Center, Orange High School, Moreland Hills School or Brady Middle School. Each activity or class description in the brochure notes the location. Activities may also be held at other locations in surrounding communities.
Click here for location and directions.
Q: What geographical areas does OCE&R serve and how do I know if I am a resident?
A: The department serves residents living in the greater Orange district which includes Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange , Pepper Pike, Woodmere and small portions of Solon, Bedford Hts. and Warrensville Hts. which are part of the Orange School District. You are considered a resident if you live in these communities and you pay property taxes to the Orange School District. Residents of the district enjoy priority registration for all programs the department offers. The department also allows non-residents to register for programs as space is available.
Q: How is OCE&R funded?
A: OCE&R department is funded by a separate, five-year community education and recreation levy and through user fees. This recreation levy, which must be renewed by residents every five years, provides approximately 28% of the revenues needed to operate the department. Almost 72% of the needed revenues come from participant and user fees. The department also is very proactive in seeking grants, sponsorships and partnerships to help underwrite various programs and services.
In November 2005, for the seventh consecutive time, residents once again resoundingly demonstrated their recognition of the extent to which OCE&R enhances the overall quality of life in our community by passing the .95 mill recreation levy to continue community education and recreation programs in the district for the next 5 years.
Q: Who operates OCE&R?
The department operates under the auspices of the Orange Board of Education and is led by community education and recreation professionals with a combined 280 years of professional service in education, recreation or a related field. All members of the Leadership Team hold either a Master's or Bachelor's Degree, in addition to program specific certifications. Teachers in the Orange Early Childhood Preschool program are pre-kindergarten or kindergarten certified teachers through the Ohio Department of Education. All staff participate in regular, on-going professional development training and opportunities. Click here for a staff directory.
Q: I have an idea for a class or activity that your department could offer OR I have a special talent or interest and I could teach a class or direct an activity for your department. Who do I contact?
A: Orange Community Education & Recreation encourages everyone to share their ideas for classes and activities with the department. We also encourage individuals who might wish to lead an activity or teach a class to contact the department by calling 216-831-8601 or by contacting us through this website. One of our program coordinators will contact you to discuss your ideas and suggestions. Click here for a staff directory.
Q: Does the Orange Community Education & Recreation Department offer any financial assistance to individuals who may not be able to pay for a particular class?
A: The department has a program assistance fund designed to provide financial assistance for residents participating in Orange Community Education & Recreation programs based upon financial need criteria and to make the department's programs more accessible to those in need. This fund provides financial aid for selected classes and programs to those individuals meeting specific guidelines. All requests for funds will be subject to fund availability which come from donations and fund-raising efforts. All requests will be confidential. Please contact the department at 216-831-8601 for further information.
Q: What kind of volunteer opportunities are there with the Orange Community Education & Recreation Department?
A: All program areas of the department need volunteer help on a regular basis and for various projects throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with front desk and reception duties, clerical assistance, program aides and helpers and a variety of different support duties. In addition, volunteers are needed to help with the department's many special events including Orange Jubilee, health fairs, registration fairs, Safety Town, beautification projects and more. Volunteers are also recruited to serve on the Orange Community Education & Recreation Commission, on advisory councils and for other task or focus groups. Click for a listing of our volunteer opportunities.
Q: What kind of job opportunities are there with the Orange Community Education & Recreation Department?
Several employment opportunities are available with the department including year-round and seasonal positions. Core staff positions may have occasional vacancies and those will be advertised in the news and/or posted at the department's office sites and website. These include programming staff, early childhood teachers, support and operations staff, supervisory staff and before and after school childcare staff. Lifeguards and swim instructor positions are available year-round and summer camp directors and counselor positions are available during the summer. Class instructor positions are also available throughout the year. Click for a listing of our current employment opportunities.