OCPS Pocket Guide 2022-23

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VISION: To ensure every student has a promising and successful future.

MISSION: With the support of families and the community, we create enriching and diverse pathways to lead our students to success.


EIGHTH-LARGEST school district in the nation

FOURTH-LARGEST school district in Florida

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OCPS is led by an eight-member school board. Seven are elected from singlemember districts; the chair is elected countywide. All board members serve staggered, four-year terms.

THE superintendent is appointed by the School Board.

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Teresa Jacobs Chair Angie Gallo Vice Chair | District 1 Maria Salamanca District 2 Vicki-Elaine Felder District 5 Dr. Karen C. Dentel District 6 Melissa Byrd District 7 Alicia Farrant District 3 Pam Gould District 4


IN 2022, 130 graduating seniors from 19 of our traditional high schools were accepted into top-20-ranked universities, liberal arts colleges or U.S. service academies ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

IN 2021-22, Orange County Public Schools was rated a “B” school district by the Florida Department of Education. OCPS received 60.7% of the possibe points – the cutoff for an “A” was 62%. The district’s results maintained or improved in 10 of the 11 components or areas reported. FOR the 2022-23 school year, more than 203,137 digital devices have been distributed.

THIRTY seniors from 11 high schools were chosen as winners in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. The organization also selected 22 semi-finalists from nine high schools.

MORE than 16,736 students took at least one AP test and scored 3, 4, or 5.

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90.1% Stateof Florida All District Schools Traditional District Schools 90.4% 98.4% 2022-2023 Pocket Guide | 5 OCPScontinuestooutperformthestateaverageforgraduatingseniors. 2020–21 GRADUATION


6 | Orange County Public Schools Elementary* 131 78,662 Middle 40 40,062 High 22 61,025 K–8 10 9,040 Exceptional 7 483 Alternative 2,319 Charter 17,197 TOTAL** 210 208,788 *Includes Pre-K **As of Oct. 17, 2022

WE proudlyserveadiverse populationofstudentswhocome from209countriesandspeak168 languagesanddialects.Thetop threeareEnglish,Spanishand

Hispanic43.9% White 24.3% Black 23.9% Asian 4.7% Multiracial 2.7% Native Hawaiian 0.3% American Indian / Native Alaskan 0.2%

In November 2022, 76% of studentsqualifiedforfree orreduced-pricemeals.


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*Includesdistrict-levelinstructional, noninstructional and school-level administrators


TheOrangeCountyschoolsystemisoneofCentralFlorida’slargest employers. Teachers makeup 59% of the OCPS workforce.

35% of OCPS teachers have advanceddegrees: 33% have master’sdegrees,and 2% havespecialistanddoctorate degrees.Approximately 71% of the generalfund(operating budget)isusedfor salaries and benefits.

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Instructional 14,349 SupportStaff 5,937 TeachingAssistants 2,125 Administrators* 775 Other Professional Staff 613 Part-Time 495 TOTAL 24,294**

Beginningteachersearna$48,400 basesalary. TheaveragepayforOCPSteachersis$54,830.

Theschoolboardcontributesanaverageadditional $21,513 perteacherforbenefits:$6,530 for retirement, $4,194 for FICA,$9,289 for health insurance,$1,461 for other benefits and $39 for life insurance. Advanced degreesupplements(addedtobasesalary):


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Specialist –$5,224 Doctorate
– $3,405



Middle Academy of Arts | Howard

OUR 46 magnet programs provide a challenging and stimulating environment for learning that enables students with special talents and interests to gain knowledge and skills in their areas of interest.

Advanced Curriculum Academy | Hungerford

Aviation and Aerospace | Sally Ride

Foreign Language | Hillcrest

Orlando Gifted Academy

STEAM Career Academy | Bay Meadows

STEM Magnet | Orange Center

Two-Way Dual Language | Hunter’s Creek, Tildenville, Union Park

Visual and Performing Arts | Maxey

Arbor Ridge 6-8 Option

Cambridge Middle School Academy | Liberty

Center for the Advancement of Science and Engineering | Lockhart

Middle Years International Baccalaureate | Carver, College Park, Roberto Clemente, Memorial, Robinswood

Two-Way Dual Language | Hunter’s Creek

World Language Academy | Lakeview

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3DE by Junior Achievement | Oak Ridge

Academy of Culinary Arts | Wekiva

Advanced Engineering Applications | Apopka

AgriScience Academy | Wekiva

Aviation and Aerospace Engineering | Oak Ridge

Cambridge Program | Colonial

Center for Future Educators | Edgewater

Center for International Studies | Dr. Phillips

Criminal Justice, Law & Finance | Boone

Digital Media and Gaming | Oak Ridge Engineering, Science, and Technology | Edgewater

Entertainment Production and Management Academy | Evans

First Responders Academy | East River

Hospitality Management | Oak Ridge

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Programme | Cypress Creek, Evans, Jones, University

Laser Photonics Academy | Wekiva

Medical | Jones

Medical Careers | Apopka

NAF Information Technology | Colonial

Performing Fine Arts | University

Veterinary Animal Science and Service | Colonial

Visual and Performing Arts | Dr. Phillips

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ORANGE Technical College is one of Central Florida’s leading providers of comprehensive secondary and postsecondary technical education, serving more than 55,491 students a year at the district’s technical college campuses, 22 high schools, 40 middle schools and various community learning sites.


60 programs

GRADUATES also can earn future college credits in most CTE programs, as well as valuable work experience for immediate employment in various technical fields.

1,761 graduates

9,577 industry certificates earned by secondary students

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Through dual enrollment, 3,732 high school juniors and seniors are taking postsecondary coursework with their academic studies. Students simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and industry certification in their field of study. In 2021-22, OCPS high school juniors and seniors enrolled in at least one dual enrollment course earned 9,577 industry certifications.


During the 2021-22 school year, 154 students earned the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma and 42 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

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SERVING more than 55,000 students, OCPS operates the largest public transportation system in Central Florida. In compliance with Florida Administrative Rule 6A.3, transportation is provided to students who live two miles or more from their zoned school.

OCPS operates one of the largest food systems in Central Florida, serving more than 39 million meals a year, which exceeds 213,000 meals per day. In response to COVID-19, meals were made available to all students.

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STATE: 50%

LOCAL: 50%

Operating costs per student


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2022-23 BUDGET General Fund | $2,464,570,651 Usedforsalariesandbenefits;utilitycosts;maintenanceexpenses; suppliesandequipment;includescarry-forwards Special Revenue Fund | $285,694,898 Usedforfoodservice,federalandothergrantprojects Debt Service Fund | $238,173,675 Usedfortherepaymentofbondsandloandebts Capital Projects Fund | $2,596,615,714 Usedfornewconstruction,land,renovationandremodeling Internal Service Fund | $385,173,621 Usedfortheaccountingofmoneyheldbytheschoolboardforself-insured healthcosts,property/casualtyclaimsandprintingservicesoperations 2022-2023 Pocket Guide | 17

OF thisyear’s$2.01billion operatingbudget,excluding carry-forwards,$1.56billion (76%)isearmarkedforschools, centers that serve students withspecialneedsand schoolsmanagedbydistrict instructionaldepartmentsor learningcommunities.

79 cents is spent on teaching, transporting, supervising andcounseling students.

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10 cents goesacquiring,toward operating andmaintaining school facilities.

7 cents is used forlibrary materials, stafftrainingand curriculum development.

4 cents goes toward central and fiscal services, general administration and district technology.

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2022-23 MILLAGE

A mill = $1 of taxes for every $1,000 of the taxable value of a property.

Required Local Effort: Set by the Florida Legislature. School districts must levy this amount in order to receive state funding.

Basic Discretionary: Maximum set by the state and school district’s decision to levy.

Additional Voted: Approved by Orange County voters in August 2022 and in effect through June 2027.

Capital Improvement: Used to build and renovate schools. The maximum levy is set by the state.

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Required Local Effort . . . . 3 . 214 Basic Discretionary . . 0 .748 Additional Voted . . . . . . . . . 1 .000 Capital Improvement . . 1 . 500 Total . . . . . . . . . 6 . 462

WHAT the owner of a $265,100 home with a $25,000 homestead exemption will pay in school taxes this year (compared to last year):

ASSESSED Value: $265,100

HOMESTEAD Exemption: $25,000

TAXABLE Value: $240,100


6.462 (Mill rate) x $240,100 $1,552


6.737 (Mill rate) x $240,100 $1,618

Total change in taxes (assuming no change in assessed value of home)

Decrease of $66


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One Mill

A one mill property tax was approved by voters in 2010, re-approved in 2014, 2018 and 2022, and expires in 2027. It pays for essential operating expenses, including compensating teachers and support staff, preserving academic programs, arts, athletics, and student activities; and also supports charter schools. In fiscal year 2022, $162.9 million was generated to support the district’s needs.

Sales Tax

A half-penny sales tax capital campaign was passed by voters in 2002, re-approved in 2014 and is funded through 2025. The monies pay to renovate or replace aging schools and site acquisition, build new schools to accommodate growth, new digital technology in classrooms, and capital renewal. From January 2003 through June 2022, sales tax collections totaled over $3.9 billion.

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APPROXIMATELY $742 million in budgeted Capital Improvement school projects were, are or will be in construction during Fiscal Year 2023. This includes more than $446 million for new relief projects and nearly $296 million for the replacement or renovation of existing schools. Though the full value of project budgets is accounted for, some projects may be in the construction phase for more than a single year.

Grant Funding

OCPS monitored compliance for more than $887 million in grant funding during the 2021-22 school year in support of 268 special projects. The funding represents local, state, federal and foundation grant awards generated through the efforts of OCPS teachers and district leaders in collaboration with numerous community partners.

SINCE 2003, the district has opened 64 new schools. Another 132 schools have been renovated or replaced. Over the next five years, the district plans to open seven new schools, including four elementary, two middle and one high school.

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FLORIDA voters approved the lottery in 1986 on the premise that its revenues would be used to enhance education . Proceeds distributed to Orange County are used as required by law .

SCHOOL Recognition Awards, at a rate of $185.45 per student, go to A-rated schools or those that improve by one letter grade or more . The money is used for teacher and staff bonuses, nonrecurring expenses or temporary instructional support . Remaining funds, if any, are distributed to every school at a rate of up to $5 per student for the School Advisory Committee to implement school improvement programs . In 2022-23, $15 million was allocated to OCPS for the School Recognition Lottery Program .

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THE Foundation for OCPS invests in our children today to strengthen our community tomorrow. In 2021-22, FOCPS raised or managed $4.8 million to build educational equity. In addition, invested funds held by the Foundation to benefit OCPS students, teachers and programs grew to $5 million.

volunteering opportunities, family and community members work with their chosen school(s) to meet needs in ways that match their interests. In 2021-22, 42,290 school volunteers contributed more than 262,813 hours.

in Education businesses and organizations strengthen schools by providing expertise, volunteer hours, financial resources and products.

OCPS had 2,661 business community partners in 202122, whose support equated to more than $5 million in additional school resources.

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