Current E-News from Orange County Public Schools
OCPS an “A” for second year in a row
The Florida Department of Education gave Orange County its second consecutive A district grade, accompanying the release of individual school grades. More schools than ever in the history of FCAT testing were graded A or B in Orange County Public Schools.
OCPS has 114 As and 27 Bs that comprise 82 percent of schools in the district. On average, only 78 percent of schools statewide were graded A or B for 2008-09.
For the first time ever, Orange has no F-rated schools at any level (excluding one independently run alternative school that closed). Mollie Ray Elementary School soared to a grade of A from F in just one year. In a Florida Department of Education news release today, Governor Charlie Crist said, “As these grades show, our students and their teachers have done an incredible job this year, particularly in Central Florida.”
Mollie Ray Principal Kathryn Shuler said, “A school goes from F to an A in one year with teamwork. Our teachers, staff, students, parents and volunteers all contributed to this eventful day. In addition, during the school year, we learned that many of our students had vision problems and needed glasses. Once we tested students and they received glasses they were much more eager to learn and obviously did very well on FCAT.”
2009 School Grades: A – 114. B - 27, C – 21, D – 9, F - 0 (exclusive of charter and alternative centers).
Three high schools jumped from a D to a B. All three are on Newsweek’s list of the most academically rigorous high schools in the country. They are Cypress Creek, University and Freedom high schools.
More than 10 percent of Orange County schools (18 of 171) jumped two or more letter grades.
For 11 straight years – since the beginning of FCAT - Bay Meadows, Shenandoah and Palm Lake elementary schools have scored and kept an A grade.
Orange was one of four A districts among the seven largest in the state.
- Palm Beach, 557 – A
- Broward, 542 – A
- Orange, 533 – A
- Hillsborough, 532 – A
- Pinellas, 523 – B
- Dade, 521 – B
- Duval, 512 – B
Central Florida Public School Information
170 Orlando Public Schools broken down for these grades
o Grades K-5 – 80 schools
o Grades 6-8 – 21 schools
o Grades 9-12 – 13 schools
93 Central Florida Private Schools broken down for these grades
o Grades Pre-K-5 – 87 schools
o Grades 6-8 – 71 schools
o Grades 9-12 – 38 schools
Central Florida Private Schools
County School Board
Central Florida Post-secondary/Technical Schools
o College/Technical - 59
o Culinary – 1
o All Post-secondary - 194
State and Community Colleges
Educational Opportunities in Orlando, Central Florida
Potential Orlando home owners, relocating to the area
with children, have plenty of educational offerings to choose from within 3 public school districts. In the Orlando, Central Florida area there are also several private schools and further educational institutions to choose from.