Preparing today’s students

For Jobs of Tomorrow

Preparing students at all stages to serve as Orlando’s workforce of tomorrow is a top priority. Orlando regional educators are committed to excellence and work in partnership with parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders to create innovative curriculum and programs, starting as young as the Pre-Kindergarten level.

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High-Performing & Award-Winning School Districts

The high-performing and award-winning school districts throughout the Orlando region have earned numerous accolades including the Broad Prize for Urban Education (OCPS) and are routinely named to lists like “Most Connected,” “Best High School” and “Top of the Class.” Each district has innovative magnet programs as well as a focus on Advanced Placement and dual enrollment, STEM and robotics (as early as Kindergarten), unique arts schools and personalized learning approaches. A strong private school system is also available.

School District

Osceola County

Located in the heart of the Orlando region, the Osceola County School District provides academic instruction to more than 72,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 60 schools. Proud of its diverse mix of students who represent over 100 different countries and various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, the district offers students the opportunity to hone and nurture their unique talents through an extensive school choice program.

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    One of the top five school districts in the nation for exemplary use of technology

    The Center for Digital Education , 2017

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    One of only 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada included on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll

    The College Board, 2017

Public Schools

Orange County

Now the eighth largest school district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida, Orange County Public Schools serves more than 215,000 students at 199 schools and is one of the largest employers in Central Florida with more than 25,000 team members. The district’s graduation rate in 2017-2018 academic year reached an all-time high of 96.1 percent among our traditional high schools. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the district will provide more than 140,000 devices through its digital learning initiative, LaunchED.

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    91 high school graduates were accepted into the nation’s top 20 colleges and universities

    Super Scholars, 2018

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    Recognized for substantial gains in student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps

    Broad Prize, 2014

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    Nine district schools earned Magnet School of Distinction Awards

    Magnet Schools of America, 2023

Public Schools

Seminole County

The 12th-largest school district in Florida with more than 67,000 students and 10,000 employees, Seminole County Public Schools is ranked No. 1 in the state for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. With 2018 high school SAT scores exceeding the state and national averages for the 41st consecutive year, graduating seniors earned more than 57 million in scholarships. Plus, a variety of virtual, magnet and choice schools and an International Baccalaureate program allows students to excel in ways that best suit their academic strengths.

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    A proud member of the League of Innovative Schools

    Digital Promise, 2016

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    Named the 1st Full Immersion Computer Science Lighthouse District in Florida

    Code to the Future, 2017

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    Named 4th best school district in Florida, 2018

Public Schools

Lake County

The 19th-largest public school district in Florida, Lake County Schools serves approximately 42,000 students with individual opportunities to excel in a dynamic, progressive and collaborative learning community. Through partnerships with several local businesses, the Leesburg High School Construction Academy prepares students for a variety of careers and/or higher education fields of study. The Tavares High School Teaching Academy, in partnership with UCF, and the Finance Academy at Lake Minneola High School, in partnership with Insight Credit Union, provide additional pathways toward success.

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    Named a “District of Distinction”

    District Administration, 2019

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    16 Lake County schools were named Five Star Schools

    Florida Department of Education, 2018-19

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K-12 Alternatives

Private Schools

The Orlando region has an abundance of both parochial and non-denominational, top-rated choices. College preparatory curriculum at private high schools In the region is notable for high graduation rates, challenging AP coursework, a high number of National Merit semi-finalists and graduates who matriculate to many of the most prestigious universities in the nation.

Career Academies

Each school district has numerous career academies offering high school students personalized learning communities. The Lake Nona High School Health Sciences Academy is in the heart of Orlando’s “Medical City”. With the help of Florida Hospital students learn in a Simulation Lab with several state-of-the-art hospital rooms, complete with simulated patients. In Lake County, the Digital Design Academy prepares students for employment in digital publishing positions. These skills are in high demand in Orlando’s robust Digital Media Industry.

Charter Schools

This public school alternative provides more tailored programs to diverse groups of students. The United Cerebral Palsy School in Seminole County provides expert support, education and therapy to children with special needs. The Mavericks Charter High School in Osceola County offers students who are challenged by the traditional approach to learning a unique opportunity to earn a state-recognized high school diploma in a smaller, more individualized, self-paced high school environment.

Magnet Schools

The Laser Photonics magnet program was created in partnership with Northrop Grumman Laser Systems and Valencia College. Students can complete the majority of an associates degree by the time they graduate high school. These students have ample career opportunities in Orlando’s Optics & Photonics Industry. The Osceola County School for the Arts nourishes academic and artistic excellence. In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Osceola County School for the Arts the 18th best high school in Florida.

Florida Public Virtual School

Founded in 1997 as the country’s first, statewide public high school, FLVS is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the U.S. and around the world. Courses are designed for flexibility and to serve the needs of all achievement levels, ranging from Advanced Placement coursework to self-paced, personalized instruction for students needing supplemental courses or credit recovery.

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