Orange County Public Schools’ has made it their mission to be the top producer of successful students in the nation. The district’s strong academic performance and success in tackling achievement gaps earned it the 2014 national Broad prize of Urban Education, as well as the 2014 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for exceptional operational efficiency. Living in apartments in the Orange County Public School District means that you, as a parent, will be as involved in your child’s education as your child. Provided below is a guide to some of the area’s schools:
Lake George Elementary School
Located in South Orange County, Lake George Elementary School strives to provide a quality education, and it succeeds in doing so; the school has received an “A” rating every year since 2004. There are 643 students in Grades K-5 enrolled at Lake George, and there are 44 full-time teachers, more than half of whom have advanced degrees. Lake George’s comprehensive, integrated curriculum aims to develop the whole child, and students take courses in reading, writing, math, science, technology, social studies, physical fitness, and the arts. Students can also participate in a variety of extracurricular programs, like the fine arts club, a community service club, and student council. The elementary school also offers after-school care. Lake George is home to a very active PTA that sponsors many family and student activities throughout the course of the school year, including a school-wide carnival, a talent show, and movie nights.
Conway Middle School
Just like its feeder elementary school, Lake George, Conway Middle School has received an “A” rating consistently over the past 12 years. There are approximately 1,000 students in Grades 6-8, with a student-teacher ratio of 17:1. The school recently underwent a massive renovation and upgraded many of its facilities, including the cafeteria and auditorium, the gymnasium and locker rooms, the band and choral wing, and the art studio and computer labs. Conway also has an outdoor, landscaped courtyard with a performance amphitheater. There is an emphasis on incorporating technology into the curriculum, and all classrooms are equipped with an interactive white board, a video projector, a state-of-the-art audio system, and several computers. In addition to taking core classes that will prepare students for high school, students can also take advantage of the school’s many extracurricular activities, from sports teams to art-related clubs. Similar to Lake George Elementary, the middle school also has an active PTSA and offers before and after school care through the YMCA.
Boone High School
The student-teacher ratio at Boone High School is 21:1. There are approximately 2,900 students and 137 full-time teachers. High school students have the option of enrolling in an “Academy” where they choose courses that suit their interest area. Because students choose a particular academic route they are interested in, they perform better, are more engaged learners, and have the academic and technical skills necessary for success upon graduating. Boone High School also operates magnet programs for students interested in criminal justice, law and finance, as well Advanced Placement classes. Whatever Academy or program a student enrolls in, they will take a core foundation of classes (math, language, etc.), electives and have the option to participate in the school’s range of extracurricular activities, including a variety of athletics, music programs, and academic clubs.