Orange County Public Schools is hosting a virtual Magnet Fair to promote its specialized learning programs known as magnets. All parents and students are invited to learn more about the magnet programs offered in elementary, middle and high schools. These focused programs encourage academic excellence in highly specialized areas of study and often pave a road into post-secondary schools and colleges.
Spotlight programs include:
• University High School’s Performing Fine Arts – This program provides students interested in elevating their musicality, dance or theatre skills various opportunities to grow as an individual performer and citizen. The program utilizes an academic integration plan that fosters students’ artistic, academic and personal development through a rigorous, performance-based arts curriculum.
• Robinswood Middle School’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme – The IB MYP curriculum helps students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world. The MYP is internationally recognized and encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers. (College Park, Roberto Clemente, Memorial and Carver middle schools also have MYP.)
• Orange Center Elementary School’s STEM – This magnet program provides an enhanced curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and math knowledge. Students will cultivate their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to be prepared for higher education and 21st Century careers.
See a list of all OCPS magnet programs offered at the elementary, middle and high school level. Students must apply for the magnet program at www.schoolchoice.ocps.net. If there are more applicants than the number of seats available in a specific program, students are selected through a lottery. The application window is open through February 15, 2022.
Students who currently reside in Orange County and who are entering a grade from kindergarten through 10th in the 2022-23 school year may apply for a magnet program seat. Students applying for kindergarten programs must be 5 years old before September 1.
The Office of School Choice Services in Orange County Public Schools works to increase awareness among parents and community members about voluntary public school choice options in Florida. School Choice means providing parents the opportunity to be involved in selecting the school their child will attend. It also means providing services and assistance to help children receive the instruction that best meets their needs.