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District News

  • Post-Hurricane Recovery

    We created a Post-Hurricane Ian Recovery webpage that lists community agencies and resources for our families.

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  • School District Accreditation

    The School District of Osceola County will be working through a rigorous process of District Accreditation in 2022-2023 through the accreditation agency Cognia™. Cognia is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits districts throughout the United States and internationally.

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  • Student Response Survey

    In order to learn more about student experiences at school, we will be asking for your child’s feedback via an online survey they will be completing at school. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes to complete. For more information and dates, click the link above.

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  • Sales Tax Renewal

    On November 8, 2022, residents of Osceola County will decide whether to renew the current one-cent infrastructure sales surtax split between the Osceola School District, the City of Kissimmee, the City of St. Cloud, and Osceola County.

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  • OHS AP Capstone Diploma

    Diploma program focuses on college-level research, collaboration, and presentation skills crucial for college and career success. Read more here!

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Audie Confesor and Assistant Principal Jacqueline Centeno

    Greetings Challengers!

    And Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!!

    Greetings Challenger Family,  I hope that all our families enjoyed their summer and I know that our students are ready to come back to school.  I am excited to once again lead Deerwood Elementary this year and continue to work with our families to grow our students socially and academically. It has been an honor to serve our community for the past 5 years and I continue to be grateful to be the Principal of Deerwood Elementary.  

    I am proud to announce that due to the challenging work of our students, our teachers, our staff, and our parent support, Deerwood has improved academically and gained a total of 161 points and earned a grade of a “C” from the Florida Department of Education. Deerwood was only 35 points away from earning a “B”. This is amazing, considering if school grades were official for the 2020-2021 school year, Deerwood would have earned a grade of an “F”. I am blessed to have the teachers and staff that have the dedication, perseverance, and resilience every day to meet the needs of each individual child.  

    For 2022-2023, our focus will be on closing the achievement and attitude gap. I am challenging our staff and students to reflect and challenge themselves to show why they believe in themselves and that every student can and will learn. I expect that our staff will continue to build positive relationships with our students and our families.  

    Our students will be working with our teachers to set their academic and personal goals that will be monitored and celebrated. We will be conducting student-led conferences this year where our students will share with their parents how they are meeting their goals and what support can be given at home and at school. Our theme this year is Believe: No excuses! I am ready to have another successful year together as a family.   


    Mr. Confesor and Ms. Centeno
    Principal and Assistant Principal

Welcome Challengers!

  • Mission
    It's our mission here at Deerwood Elementary School to prepare and empower our students to be life-long learners, and to be respectful to others. Our staff is committed to work collaboratively to meet the needs of each individual child in order to reach their highest academic potential. 

    Create a collaborative community that cultivates and empowers future leaders by delivering academic excellence by using Osceola School District curriculum and materials, celebrating diversity, and providing a positive, safe and caring community in which all learners are valued.

    Our philosophy is very simple: We combine a learning-focused culture with outstanding customer service, in order to create a successful and supportive school community.


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