OCPS Pocket Guide 2023-24

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School Board of Orange County

Teresa Jacobs Chair

Angie Gallo District 1

Maria Salamanca District 2

Alicia Farrant District 3

Pam Gould District 4

Vicki-Elaine Felder District 5

Karen Castor Dentel District 6

Melissa Byrd District 7


About Orange County Public Schools OCPS is led by an eight-member school board. Seven are elected from single-member districts. The chair is elected countywide. All board members serve staggered, four-year terms. The superintendent is appointed by the School Board.

Maria F. Vazquez, Ed. D. Superintendent

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 3

GOALS: High Expectations for Student Learning Support of Student Resiliency Dedicated and High-Quality Team Positive Climate and Safe Environment Efficient Operations Engaged and Invested Community

8th largest school district in the nation

4th largest district in Florida


Awards 2022 Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award

Eleven OCPS magnet programs were honored with Merit Awards by Magnet Schools of America.

With the University of Central Florida, OCPS jointly received the 2022 Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award from the Council of the Great City Schools for the Comprehensive Teacher Pipeline.

Three schools were named 2023 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.


The district was named to the 2023 Best Communities for Music Education list by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

Achievements For the 2023-24 school year, more than 203,000 digital devices have been distributed. In 2023, 132 graduating seniors from 21 of our traditional high schools were accepted into U.S. News and World Report’s top-20-ranked universities or liberal arts colleges or received appointments to a U.S. service academy. Five seniors from four high schools were chosen as winners in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. The organization also selected 27 semi-finalists from 11 high schools.


Graduation Rates OCPS traditional high schools continue to outperform the state average for graduating seniors. 2021-22 Graduation Rates


Traditional District Schools


All District Schools*


State of Florida


* Includes charter, alternative and traditional high schools

Student Enrollment Number of Schools





















210 #

207,993** * Includes Pre-K ** As of Oct. 16, 2023 # Total does not include charters

We proudly serve a diverse student population from 199 countries who speak 174 languages or dialects. The top five languages are English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole and Creole. 8

Student Demographics Hispanic










Native Hawaiian


American Indian / Native Alaskan



Employees The Orange County school system is one of Central Florida’s largest employers. Teachers make up 58% of the OCPS workforce. 34.6% of OCPS teachers have advanced degrees: 32.3% have master’s degrees, and 2.3% have specialist or doctorate degrees. Approximately 72% of the general fund (operating budget) is used for salaries and benefits. Instructional


Support Staff


Teaching Assistants




Other Professional Staff






* Includes district-level instructional, noninstructional and school-level administrators ** As of Oct. 16, 2023


Teacher Salaries Beginning teachers earn a $48,400 base salary The average pay for OCPS teachers is $54,381.* The school board contributes an average additional $22,489 per teacher for benefits: $7,380 for retirement, $4,160 for FICA, $9,289 for health insurance, $1,622 for other benefits and $38 for life insurance. Advanced degree supplements (added to base salary): Master’s $3,405 Specialist $5,224 Doctorate $6,888 *The 2023-24 agreement between OCPS and the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association had not been ratified at press time. These figures do not include proposed pay increases for 2023-24.


Magnet Programs Our 41 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.

STEM Magnet Orange Center Two-Way Dual Language Hunter’s Creek, Tildenville, Union Park

Middle Years International Baccalaureate Roberto Clemente Two-Way Dual Language Hunter’s Creek

Visual and Performing Arts Maxey

World Language Academy Lakeview

Advanced Curriculum Academy Hungerford



Aviation and Aerospace Sally Ride

6-8 Option Arbor Ridge

Academy of Culinary Arts Wekiva

Foreign Language Academy Hillcrest

Cambridge Middle School Academy Liberty

Advanced Engineering Applications Apopka

Center for the Advancement of Science and Engineering Lockhart

Agriscience Academy Wekiva


Orlando Gifted Academy Grades 2-8 STEAM Career Academy Bay Meadows

Academy of Arts Howard


3DE by Junior Achievement Oak Ridge

Aviation and Aerospace Engineering Oak Ridge

Cambridge Program Colonial

Hospitality Management Oak Ridge

Center for Future Educators Edgewater

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Cypress Creek, Evans, Jones, University

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

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 13

AP Achievements During the 2022-23 school year, 190 students earned the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma and 38 students earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. A total of 4,121 students were designated as AP Scholars for passing at least three AP courses with a score of 3 or above.

Arts Enrollment OCPS had the highest percentage of students enrolled in performing and visual arts among the five-largest school districts in the state of Florida. Fine arts: 69% (of all students are enrolled in the arts) Music: 53% (of all students are enrolled in Music) Visual art: 53% (of all students are enrolled in Art) Dance: 6% (of all students are enrolled in Dance) Theatre: 6% (of all students are enrolled in Theatre) 14

Career and Technical Education Orange Technical College is one of Central Florida’s leading providers of comprehensive secondary and postsecondary technical education, serving more than 56,742 students a year at the district’s 5 technical college campuses, 22 high schools, 38 middle schools and various community learning sites. Graduates can also earn future college credits in most CTE programs, as well as valuable work experience for immediate employment in various technical fields. 2022-23 • 60 programs • 1,621 graduates • 6,835 industry certificates earned by secondary students

Dual Enrollment Through dual enrollment, high school juniors and seniors take postsecondary coursework with their academic studies. Students simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and industry certification in their field of study. The Class of 2023 included 225 graduating seniors who received their diploma and earned their associate degree from Valencia College. 15

OCPS Operations Food & Nutrition Services OCPS operates one of the largest food systems in Central Florida, serving more than 35 million meals a year, or more than 195,000 meals per day. Beginning in 2023-24, all meals are provided to all students at no cost under the Community Eligibility Provision. During 2022-23, more than 78,000 pounds of food were recovered or composted – three times greater than the previous year. In total, 49 schools participated in the program, which included the Food & Nutrition Services Share Table initiative, school kitchens, and composted school food scraps.


Transportation Serving more than 56,000 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 542 buses. These buses traveled 13 million miles throughout the year. OCPS was the first school district in Florida to introduce electric buses to transport students in 2022-23.


Sustainability Solar Energy In 2023, the equivalent of 68 schools were receiving 100% of their electric needs from a renewable energy source, as part of a community solar program, with the equivalent of 114 schools expected to be part of the program by June 2024. Green Schools Recognition Program Since the start of the Green Schools Recognition Program in 2014, 72 schools have competed for awards and recognitions by participating in sustainable activities and programs. More than $175,000 has been distributed to support and recognize OCPS Green Schools programs.


Facilities Since 2003, the district has opened 65 new schools. Another 132 schools have been renovated or replaced. Over the next five years, the district plans to open seven new schools, including five elementary, one middle and one high school. Additionally, renovations and replacements of four technical colleges will be completed over the next several years. Approximately $947 million in budgeted Capital Improvement school projects were, are or will be in construction during the Fiscal Year 2024. This includes nearly $451 million for new relief projects and nearly $497 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.


Total Operating Revenue Sources STATE 48%


Operating revenues per student:



2023-24 Budget General Fund $2,723,984,930

Used for salaries and benefits; utility costs; maintenance expenses; supplies and equipment; includes carry-forwards

Special Revenue Fund $325,285,696 Used for food service, federal and other grant projects Debt Service Fund $242,796,524

Used for the repayment of bonds and loan debts

Capital Projects Fund $3,097,205,514 Used for new construction, land, renovation and remodeling Internal Service Fund $359,479,829 Used for the accounting of money held by the school board for self-insured health costs, property/casualty claims and printing services operations


Of this year’s $2.26 billion operating budget, excluding carry-forwards, $1.7 billion (75.3%) is earmarked for schools, centers that serve students with special needs and schools managed by district instructional departments.


Where Your Dollar Goes 78¢

is spent on teaching, transporting, supervising and counseling students

7¢ is spent on library materials, staff training and curriculum development

11¢ is spent on acquiring, operating and maintaining school facilities

4¢ is spent on central and fiscal services, general administration and district technology


2023-24 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. Required Local Effort Basic Discretionary Additional Voted Capital Improvement Total

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3.173 0.748 1.000 1.500 6.421

School Taxes What the owner of a $319,500 home with a $25,000 homestead exemption will pay in school taxes this year (compared to last year): Assessed Value: Homestead Exemption: Taxable Value: 2023-24 6.421 (Mill rate) x $294,500 $1,891

$319,500 - $25,000 $294,500 2022-23 6.462 (Mill rate) x $294,500 $1,903

Total change in taxes (assuming no change in assessed value of home) Decrease of $12

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Your Tax Dollars at Work Orange County voter-approved tax-dollar programs benefit our students. One Mill: A one-mill property tax was approved by voters in 2010, continued by voters in 2014, 2018 and 2022, and expires in June 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 2023, $198.1 million was generated to support the district’s needs. Sales Tax: A half-penny sales tax capital campaign was passed by voters in 2002, continued by voters 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 September 2023, sales tax collections totaled over $4.3 billion. 26

The Florida Lottery Florida voters approved the lottery in 1986 on the premise that its revenues would be used to enhance education. Although the Florida Lottery continues to provide resources to education, the portion going to public schools has diminished over the years. During its early years, 60-70% of lottery dollars going to education was for public schools. That number is now only 43%, none of which is for educational enhancement. Of the money going to public education, 89% is part of general per-pupil funding and 11% is for post-secondary programs.


Grant Funding

OCPS monitored compliance for more than $760 million in grant funding during the 2022-23 school year in support of 248 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.


Parent Academy/Community Engagement The OCPS Parent Academy offers district-wide, face-to-face Parent Academies, Learn Where You Live events, and virtual Lunch & Learn events on Facebook Live. During the 2022-23 school year, the district held in-person and virtual sessions for 3,754 parents/caregivers. Five full-day conferences, 12 Lunch & Learn events and 47 virtual mini-academies are being offered during 2023-24. OCPS also employs 83 school-based Parent Engagement Liaisons to improve the ties between parents, schools and the community.


Foundation for OCPS The Foundation for OCPS invests in our children today to strengthen our community tomorrow. The Foundation raised or managed approximately $4.3 million for the benefit of OCPS students, teachers, staff, schools and programs in 2022-23. The value of its invested funds as of June 30, 2023 was $5.3 million. Through ADDitions volunteering opportunities, family and community members work with their chosen school(s) to meet needs in ways that match their interests. In 2022-23, 65,817 school volunteers contributed more than 344,238 hours. Partners in Education businesses and organizations strengthen schools by providing expertise, volunteer hours, financial resources and products. OCPS had 2,763 business community partners in 2022-23, whose support in volunteer hours, financial resources and in-kind gifts equated to more than $5.4 million in additional school resources.




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The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 West Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer & Title IX Coordinator: Keshara Cowans; ADA Coordinator: Jay Cardinali; Section 504 Coordinator: Tajuana Lee-Wenze. (407.317.3200)


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