The School District of Osceola County
Osceola County School District has 24 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 8 high schools, 5 Multi-level Schools, 10 Alternative Schools, and 23 Choice/Charter Schools with a total enrollment of 57,747 as of February 2014. The high school graduation rate is 77.5%.
The School District of Osceola County, led by Debra Pace has received many accolades.
- The Florida Department of Education recognized the Osceola School District as one of only five Florida counties to improve in all seven academic assessment areas on the 2014 FCAT.
- Osceola is the only Central Florida school district with no schools identified on the state’s “Lowest 300 Performing Elementary Schools” list developed by the Florida Department of Education.
- The Osceola County School for the Arts (OCSA) has earned a prestigious place in the Gold Medal category of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools in Florida newest ranking. Out of the 600 high schools in Florida reviewed, OCSA earned the ranking of #19.This ranking made the school the highest ranked school in the tri-county Central Florida area.
- The Osceola School District was awarded a competitive grant of $2.2 million from the Florida DOE to improve STEM teaching and learning in 2014.
- The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth selected the Osceola School District as the sole recipient of the prestigious 2014 Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership for outstanding efforts to provide service to homeless children, youth, and families.
- Superintendent Melba Luciano was named 2014 Superintendent Literacy Leader of the Year for Florida by Just Read, Florida!, the Florida Reading Association, and the Florida Literacy Coaches Association.
- Superintendent Melba Luciano was named as the 2014 Biliteracy Leadership Award winner by the National Association for Bilingual Education in recognition of outstanding leadership in strengthening and providing support for the expansion of bilingual and biliteracy programs that serve the needs of students, staff, and the community.
- Through the hard work of school administrators and staff, the Osceola School District has been in full compliance with the class-size amendment for each school year.This monumental task, which is an unfunded mandate for local school districts, involved ensuring that 16,390 Osceola classes across the district met the requirements.
- The Osceola School District’s School Nutrition Department won the 2014 Innovative Idea Award for the serving line idea at Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies from the Florida School Nutrition Association.
- Thirty-seven Osceola schools have been designated this year as Five Star Schools by the Florida Department of Education in recognition of exemplary family, school, and community involvement.
- The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the Osceola School District this year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States.This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
- Harmony Community School is one of only 92 schools in the world and the first K-8 school ever to be awarded the Lighthouse Milestone Distinction from Franklin Covey.
- The Osceola School District’s Professional Development Department was recognized by the Florida Association for Staff Development as a leader in the state this school year for providing exemplary training opportunities– TeachLivE — to our teachers and staff.
- Koa Elementary School has been named as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School by Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. This prestigious recognition recognizes Principal Virginia Scott and her dedicated team of educators and professional support staff for working so diligently to fulfill the many learning needs of students.
- The U.S. Department of Education has selected Discovery Intermediate in Osceola County as one of only eight Florida schools to participate in a joint STEM initiative with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
- The Osceola School District has once again achieved “Gold Level” status as a Florida Healthy School District as recognized by the Florida Coordinated School Heath Partnership, the Florida Action for Healthy Kids, and the Florida Association of District School Superintendents for the period of May 2015 through April 2017. The Osceola School District is recognized as a leader in the state in meeting the physical, mental, and social health needs of students and staff in order to reduce and eliminate barriers to learning and to support academic achievement. Osceola was one of only five districts in Florida this school year to achieve “Gold Level” status.