Osceola School District
The Osceola School District is located in the heart of Central Florida, and provides academic instruction, rigor, and support each school day to more than 72,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 60 schools.
• The Osceola School District is in the heart of Central Florida, with 53 schools in Celebration, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Poinciana, Harmony, and Kenansville.
• The district has 25 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, 10 high schools, 7 multi-level schools, 2 adult education schools, and 26 charter schools.
• The Osceola School District is a fast-growing district, with over 69,000 students currently enrolled.
• Osceola students represent over 100 different countries and speak over 100 different languages. Student demographics can be found here.
• Osceola School District’s 2018-2019 high school graduation rate rose to an all-time high of 90%, an increase of 0.7% points over last year. The district's graduation rate remains above the state average of 86.9%, and ranks 14th out of 67 counties, second highest in the Central Florida region behind Seminole County. In addition, graduation rates for Hispanic students, English Language Learners, Exceptional Education students, student with disabilities, Families in Transition students, and free and reduced lunch students all increased, evidence of the district's commitment to giving every child, every chance, every day.
• Osceola continues to be in compliance with Florida’s class-size amendment with the maximum number of students in core classes being at:
o 18 students in prekindergarten through Grade 3;
o 22 students in Grades 4 through 8; and
o 25 students in Grades 9 through 12.
· The Osceola School District continues to rank 67 out of 67 counties in Florida in the amount spent on administrative cost per student, ensuring the most dollars as possible go towards the classroom.
· 96% of Osceola’s district-managed schools improved or maintained their school letter grade in 2019.
· 98% of Osceola’s district-managed schools earned a letter grade of “C” or higher, with 55% earning an “A” or “B” letter grade.
· Osceola’s district letter grade remains a “B.” By the 2021-2022 school year, we have set a goal to be an “A” district. An “A” is well within our reach.
· Over the last four years the district has improved performance in 10 of the 11 elements of the state’s accountability formula, English/Language Arts and Math learning gains have improved by 3%, and College and Career Readiness has improved by 5%.
· Over the last three years, Social Studies performance has increased by 6%, English/Language Arts learning gains for students in the lowest 25% has improved by 4%, and Middle School Acceleration, students taking high school courses, has improved by 21%.
· The number of students completing their AA degrees while in high school rose dramatically from 10 students in 2016 to 77 students in 2018, doubling from 2017.
· The number of Top 100 College or University acceptances for the class of 2019 reached an all-time high of 450.
· The new Osceola Business Academy @ Poinciana High School will open in the 2020-2021 school year. It will provide an authentic entrepreneurship experience as students will work to build an actual business. Students will create their own product or service start-up to gain investment capital in shark-tank style pitch events. Ready for the best part . . . real entrepreneurs and industry experts will support students as coaches and mentors in guiding teams through the process of developing business concepts, testing those concepts, and adapting and improving.
· The district has entered into an important partnership with The New Teacher Center thereby providing 291 first and second year teachers with instructional mentors at 19 high-need schools. These mentors work side-by-side with our new teachers in the schools to refine use of teaching strategies and modeling of highly-effective instructional practices. This year, we also added professional development training on high-leverage, research-based best practices and strategies for 35 instructional coaches at the schools so that they can best help and support 211 teachers at high-need schools who have been in the professional from three to five years.
· The Osceola County School Board is extremely fortunate to have the support of Osceola County voters with the approval of the half-penny sales tax in 2016, of which the primary purpose is to renovate older schools to make them safer, healthier, and to provide all students the same high-quality learning environment. To date, the district has completed nearly $80 million in sales tax projects.
· Over $1.4 million in sales tax revenue to date has been spent in upgrading our technology infrastructure throughout the district so our students can learn with 21st century resources.
· Every Osceola school has a School Resource Officer on campus, and the Osceola County School Board and our law enforcement partners have implemented zero tolerance policies for threats of violence, real or made in gest, as they cause disruption and concern for school communities.
The Osceola School District will work in partnership with families and the community to ensure all learners develop the essential knowledge and skills to strengthen our thriving community.
Inspiring all learners to reach their highest potential as responsible, productive citizens.