Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the public school district for Orange County, Florida. It is based in the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center in downtown Orlando.[2] As of the 2018-19 school year, OCPS has an enrollment of 212,605 students, making it the 9th largest school district in the United States and the fourth largest in Florida.[3] The school district also employs over 23,900 instructional and classified employees, which make up more than 95% of the OCPS work force.[3]

Orange County Public Schools
Orange County Public Schools, Orlando.jpg
Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, the district headquarters
445 West Amelia Street[1]
, Florida, 32801-1129
United States
District information
TypePublic school district
SuperintendentBarbara M. Jenkins (since 2012)
Chair of the boardTeresa Jacobs (since 2018)
Other information

School boardEdit

The superintendent of Orange County Public Schools is Barbara Jenkins. The position of superintendent is appointed by the school board. The district is overseen by the Orange County School Board, a body of seven elected officers, each board member sitting for a particular geographic district. School board districts are not analogous in any way with county commission districts. As of 2018, the current school board members, in order of district number, are Angie Gallo, Johanna Lopez, Linda Kobert, Pam Gould, Kathleen "Kat" Gordon, Karen Castor Dentel, and Melissa Byrd.[4]

Board members are elected every four years with no term limits, with Districts 1 through 3 elected during midterm election cycles (next in 2022) and Districts 4 through 7 elected during presidential cycles (next in 2020). School board elections in Orange County are non-partisan.[4]

A county-wide public vote in 2009 created the elected position of school board chairman. Bill Sublette was subsequently elected to this position in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Teresa Jacobs was elected in 2018.[5]


OCPS has used an attendance model of kindergarten through grade 5 for elementary schools, grades 6–8 for middle school and grades 9–12 for high school since July 1987.[6] Before then, grade 6 was part of elementary school and grade 9 was part of middle school ("junior high" in OCPS prior to July 1987). As now required by Florida law, virtually all elementary schools have pre-kindergarten programs.

OCPS has 188 regular-attendance schools as of the 2016–17 school year: 126 elementary, 4 K–8, 35 middle, 20 high, and 4 exceptional education centers. The district also has an adult education system with six dedicated campuses and night classes at most high schools, four dedicated special education schools as well as a hospital/homebound program, and dozens of alternative education centers, including charter schools. Six of the high schools in OCPS have separate ninth-grade centers, three of them off-site of the main campus, built after the shift from K–6/7–9/10–12 to K–5/6–8/9–12. Several new schools are due to open for the 2016–2017 school year.

Some elementary middle and high schools include magnet programs that allow students to specialize in particular subject areas. Students must apply to magnet schools in order to take advantage of this specialization. Some magnet programs offered by OCPS are aviation and aerospace, engineering, foreign languages / dual languages, visual and performing arts, International Baccalaureate, international studies, criminal justice, digital media, hospitality, leadership, photonics, medical sciences, and veterinary animal science.

The schools of OCPS are divided into six areas called learning communities: North, East, West, Southeast, Southwest and School Transformation Office (STO). Southeast and Southwest were split from a larger South Learning Community in 2006. The School Transformation Office Learning Community, which was founded in 2013, includes schools throughout Orange County who have received failing grades and helps provide resources for students at these schools to succeed. Prior to the existence of STO, there was a Central Learning Community, which was known as the "Urban Cohort" until 2005.

The district is in an aggressive expansion and school improvement project being fueled by a 0.5% sales tax option passed by the voters of Orange County in 2002. Skyrocketing land and materials costs, however, have outpaced faster-than-expected sales tax revenue increases and slowed progress. Many projects had been pushed back, and some had been cancelled altogether. An extension of the half-penny sales tax was passed in 2014 for another ten years.

Most paperwork distributed to students and parents by OCPS is available in both English and Spanish. Many such documents are also available in Portuguese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, and Filipino due to the significant populations in Orange County that speak each language.

Elementary schoolsEdit

K-8 SchoolsEdit

  • Arbor Ridge K-8 School
  • Audubon Park K-8 School
  • Blankner K-8 School
  • Lake Como K-8 School
  • OCPS Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)
  • Pershing K-8 School
  • Wedgefield K-8 School
  • Windy Ridge K-8 School

Middle schoolsEdit

High schoolsEdit

Prior to 1952, there were only two high schools in the City of Orlando: Orlando High School and Jones High School, which was a segregation-era Black-only high school until integration was enforced. Other municipalities in the county had high schools: Apopka, Florida; Winter Park, Florida; Ocoee, Florida; Winter Garden, Florida (Lakeview H.S.), and Eatonville, Florida (Hungerford H.S.).

In 1952, Orlando High was split into what became Edgewater High School and William R. Boone High School. Originally to be named "Orlando North" and "Orlando South", respectively, Orlando South took its modern name after its principal, William R. Boone, died before it opened. Orlando North took the name of the road it was built on, Edgewater Drive. The former Orlando High campus became Howard Middle School. Jones High moved to its present location in 1952, which was reconstructed in 2004.

In 1975, Ocoee High School and Lakeview High School were closed (their old campuses then housed Junior High schools of the same names) and their students went to the new West Orange High School. 30 years later, a new Ocoee High School was built and opened in 2005.

Hungerford High School in the historically black community of Eatonville was renamed Wymore Tech and Wymore Career Education Center until it became Hungerford Preparatory School in the 1990s and operated as a Magnet School without a specific geographic attendance zone. OCPS closed Hungerford Prep in 2008.

Ten of the district's high schools have been opened in the last 30 years, not including reconstructed campuses for existing schools.

In parentheses is the nickname of the school's athletics teams.


  1. ^ OCPS. Orange County Public Schools Retrieved 21 February 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Map of OCPS Educational Leadership Center". Google Maps.
  3. ^ a b "Pocket Guide 2017-18" (PDF). OCPS. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "OCPS School Board". Orange County Public Schools. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  5. ^ "OCPS School Board Chair". Orange County Public Schools. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Orange Middle Schools Debuting With New Way Of Life For Students". The Orlando Sentinel.

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