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School Choice
Educational choice provides parents with a choice of options on how best to educate their children. Parents may choose to send their children to a charter school or to participate in the online Orange County Virtual School. Parents may also choose to home educate their child through provisions in state law that recognize the right of the parent to select this type of educational placement. Another option is to choose magnet schools or request a school transfer based on medical, psychological or other needs-based transfers as allowed by School Board policy.

The Opportunity Scholarship Program

This program offers students attending, or assigned to attend, failing public schools the option to be placed a higher-performing public school or a participating private school. Eligible schools for the Opportunity Scholarship transfer option have been designated as earning a grade of “F” or three consecutive “Ds” based on the state’s accountability system. For additional transfer information, parents may call Student Enrollment at 407.317.3233.

Magnet Programs and Schools

Magnets have been established in many OCPS schools to provide quality options for students. These programs provide rich, educational environments for students to engage in specific and intense areas of study. Magnets allow students to explore areas of interest and develop academic skill sets. Most magnets accept students from across the district, while others only accept students from specific schools. The application window for magnet programs and magnet schools is from Nov. 1 to Feb. 15 of each year. For a complete list of magnets, eligibility information, and application procedures, please visit the School Choice Services website at www.schoolchoice.ocps.net or call 407.317.3484.

Orange County Virtual School

Orange County Virtual School (OCVS) offers full-time and part-time enrollment to students in grades K-12 through an online educational delivery system. Home-educated students in grades 6-12 may enroll as well. OCVS offers equitable access to high quality, individualized education through the internet. Virtual learning provides flexibility of time and location, and promotes development of the skills, attitudes and self-discipline necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

OCVS teachers and guidance counselors live locally and are sensitive to the diverse needs of Orange County students. OCVS teachers have consistently demonstrated successful student course completion. As a public school, OCVS does not charge tuition fees.

To enhance the virtual school experience for students, OCVS offers traditional extracurricular activities to provide students with opportunities to collaborate with their teachers and classmates. OCVS offers the following “face-to face” extracurricular activities:

  • Book Club
  • College planning seminars
  • Community service activities
  • “Do Something” Club
  • Elementary Chess Club
  • Field trips
  • Fitness Club
  • Formal graduation ceremony for seniors
  • International Club
  • Monthly enrichment “work days”
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
  • Open house
  • PTSA/SAC
  • Science Club

Orange County Virtual School is a franchise partner of Florida Virtual School for elementary, middle, and high school curriculums. In addition, OCVS partners with K12 Florida LLC, Fuel Education, and Edgenuity for its elementary and middle school programs.

OCVS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). For information regarding enrollment, please visit the OCVS website at ocvs.ocps.net or call 407.317.3327.

Home Education

The purpose of the Home Education Program is to allow parents to comply with the compulsory school attendance law while teaching their children at home. To begin a Home Education program, a parent must provide written notice to the district school superintendent of intent to establish and maintain a Home Education program for students ages 6 through 18, and up to 21 with an IEP. The parent assumes the responsibility for providing curriculum, educational materials, and evaluations necessary to correspondence courses, or other means to provide the sequentially progressive instruction. Requirements of the Home Education Program can be obtained by calling 407.317.3314 or visiting schoolchoice.ocps.net.

Charter Schools

Charter schools are independent public schools that are sponsored by OCPS and are governed by an independent governing board. Charter schools are not required to adhere to district policies, but must adhere to most state and federal rules and regulations such as accountability and participation in state assessments. They receive state tax dollars to operate. In 2017-2018, 39 charter school sites were in operation and serving students in Orange County.

For additional information on charter schools, contact the School Choice Services office at 407.317.3700, extensions 2022596 or 2022677 or visit schoolchoice.ocps.net.

Teenage Parent Program

The Teenage Parent Program is an educational program that provides support to students who are either pregnant or students who are mothers or fathers. When teenage parents participate in the Teenage Parent Program curriculum, they qualify for funded child care. These students can have consistent, secure child care from a licensed provider of their choice while they attend school and progress toward earning their high school diploma. The Teen Parent Program can occur at the student’s zoned school or a student can be enrolled at the BETA School. At the zoned school, skilled teachers work with the teen parents in a group before or after school, one day each week for an hour. High school students can earn 1/2 credit for the Parenting Skill Course via Orange County Virtual School. This program is offered in every OCPS high school. At OCPS middle schools, charter schools, and alternative education centers, a teacher will be appointed upon request or as needed.