At Orlando Apartments, we understand the importance of education in today's
society. Parents want nothing more than to place their children in schools where
they know their children will be in good hands. Especially when moving to a new
area, parents want to make sure that there are appropriate schools nearby.
Researching specific needs and wants for their children's education is the first
step that any moving parent should take. A simple phone call to the school's
district will answer most of your questions, but not all. Some cases may require
a visit to a counselor who is more than willing to help a parent find the right
education and school for their kids. The internet is also a very useful source
for information regarding ANYTHING related to your child's education. Here is a
link to the Orange County Public Schools website.
Does the district provide transportation to and from schools?
Students are assigned to schools based on their home address. In accordance with Florida law, bus transportation is provided for all students who live two miles or more from the schools they attend. Transportation in special buses is provided for physically impaired students, regardless of distance.
OCPS has operated under a desegregation court order since 1971. Of the 63,000 students who ride buses, 5,000 are bused for desegregation.
Do high schools offer advanced placement or honors courses?
All high schools offer some advanced placement and honors courses.
What exceptional education support services are offered in the district?
Orange County's exceptional education support services are among the most comprehensive in the country. Services are provided for students who are mentally handicapped, emotionally handicapped, specific learning disabled, sensory impaired, speech and language impaired, physically impaired, hospital/homebound, autistic, gifted, and developmentally delayed. Services such as occupational/ physical therapy, assistive technology, and assistance for ESE bilingual students are also available. For more information, contact the ESE and Multilingual Services office at (407) 317-3229. Resources and additional information can also be obtained at http://www.ese.ocps.net.
Does OCPS provide any prekindergarten classes?
Currently Orange County Public Schools has prekindergarten classes for 4-year-old children in 41 Title I elementary schools, including: Apopka, Azalea Park, Catalina, Cheney, Chickasaw, Eccleston, Engelwood, Fern Creek, Grand Avenue, Hiawassee, Hungerford, Ivey Lane, Lake Gem, Lake Weston, Lancaster, Little River, Lovell, Maxey, McCoy, Mollie Ray, Nap Ford Charter School, Orange Center, Orlo Vista, Palmetto, Pine Hills, Pineloch, Richmond Heights, Ridgewood Park, Rio Grande Charter School, Rock Lake, Rolling Hills, Rosemont, Sadler, Shingle Creek, Tangelo Park, Tildenville, Ventura, Washington Shores, Wheatley, Winegard, and Zellwood. These classes offer eligible children an opportunity to participate in experiences designed to foster growth in language development and early literacy, social skills, motor development, music, creativity and other important skills for future academic success.
What is the Head Start program?
Head Start is a program operated by the government of Orange County, not the school system. This program serves 3- and 4-year-old children whose families meet certain income criteria. If you're interested in learning more about this program, please call the Head Start office at 407.836.6590.
Do any of the schools offer before and after school activities?
The Extended Day Enrichment Program operates in most elementary schools. Some schools offer both before and after school activities.
This program is an extension of the regular school day and provides safe supervision for children. Students enroll in the program at the schools they attend. In addition to operating during regular school days, the program also serves children during the summer.
What extracurricular activities are available for students?
At the middle and high school levels, schools offer a variety of activities including clubs, music groups, sports and more. Some elementary schools offer after-school activities as well. More information is available from individual schools.
How can parents get involved?
Orange County believes strongly in the importance of parent and community involvement in the schools and has received national recognition for its community involvement programs.
Parents and others may choose from among many avenues of involvement. They can take part in PTAs, School Advisory Councils, the ADDitions School Volunteers program, booster clubs and much more.
Both Partners in Education and The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Inc. provide a way for businesses and community organizations to get involved.
Source from Orlando Public Schools
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