The O'Farrell Charter School

Winner of the National Excellence in Urban Education Award

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To our students: We will provide and implement the best educational experience possible to every student here at The O'Farrell Charter Schools.

To our parents: We will strive to provide the best educational and social.emotional support for your child, understanding that the decisions we make correlate with the same decisions we would want for our own children.

To our staff: We will provide a rewarding career where your voices are heard and appreciated; an environment where it is understood that you are the backbone to the schools' success.

Dr. Jonathan Dean

I began my adulthood with joining the U.S. Army in 1983 where I was assigned to the 82nd airborne division. After three years in the army, I purchased the business, Dean’s North Fork Marina, where I had worked during my high school years. Several years later, I became involved in other entrepreneurial enterprises. While in private business, I was humbled, yet honored, when awarded a "Recognition" Award from the Kern County Board of Supervisors for community involvement.


This year, I am starting my 23rd year in public education. I began teaching in the Lake Isabella area where I was a history and language arts teacher. I moved to Bakersfield, Ca. and taught with the Panama Buena Vista School District for two years before becoming a vice principal. I spent five years with the Panama-Buena Vista School District as principal of Fred L. Thompson Jr. High. In 2009, through the dedication and commitment of the Thompson staff, Fred L. Thompson was identified as the first and only A.V.I.D. National Demonstration School for the county of Kern. Several years ago, The O'Farrell Charter School was also designated an AVID National Demonstration School  - the second charter school in the nation! The O'Farrell Charter School received national recognition when it received the silver medal for the National Center for Urban Transformation School (NCUST) Award. Last year The O'Farrell Charter School was recognized by "U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 1000 high schools in the nation. This year will be my tenth year as the Superintendent of The O'Farrell Charter Schools.


My education degrees began with a B.A. in Political Science from California State University of Bakersfield. I also earned my teaching credential at C.S.U.B. I have a Masters degree in Educational Management and an Administrative Credential, both received from the University of La Verne, California. I obtained my Doctorate of Education Degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University, Maryland. I am married and have two wonderful children. My wife Tera is a dental hygienist here in San Diego County. My eldest daughter, Brittany, is working towards her school psychology certificate. My youngest daughter, Riley, is in the tenth grade. I enjoy boating, scuba, exercise, and spending time with my family. We are all very happy to be here in San Diego, especially here at The O’Farrell Charter Schools.