Academics & Curriculum

Orange County Public Schools is committed to educating all students so they can be college and career ready and become responsible, contributing members to society. To address our district’s goal of intense focus on student achievement, it is critical to provide a district wide curriculum for consistency and equity. The curriculum for OCPS is based on state-mandated standards in all grade levels and subject areas, including English, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language, art, drama, music, physical education and health. The state-mandated standards outline what students should know and be able to do in each grade level and subject area. To prepare students for success, educators align these standards, assessments and effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students, whether they are high academic achievers or need additional help to perform at grade level.


The new Florida Standards are challenging standards that will help students gain the knowledge and skills to think and work at deeper levels to prepare them for college and career. They build students’ ability to think critically about math concepts and what they read, help them apply and connect what they learn to the real world, expose them to creative problem solving and allow them to communicate their ideas and arguments through speaking and writing.


In order to assess students and to determine how well schools are meeting the academic needs of students, the state has mandated tests including the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments.