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Innovative Programs
     • Our Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) and Adult Learning Center Osceola (ALCO) now are in three campuses – Kissimmee, Poinciana, and St. Cloud. Thanks to outstanding partnerships the district has with both Osceola County and the City of St. Cloud, many adults now have the convenience of attending classes closer to home.

    • Equally as important to economic development is the progress the district has made to expand STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – offerings to our students at all levels across this county. The district received a $1.2 million donation over the next several years from Osceola County government, as well as funding from Walt Disney Resorts and the Education Foundation. As a result, the district will be able to expand STEM feeder patterns across the county.

    • The district is piloting the nation’s first K-12 mobile STEM Lab. The mobile lab is being funded with Title I funds, and visits each of the Title I elementary schools in the district. The purpose of the lab is to provide students with the experience of hands-on, real-world related activities that serves to enhance the curriculum being taught in the traditional classrooms.

    • The Osceola County School Board has articulation agreements with the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of Florida (UF), Polk State College, and the Technical Education Center Osceola. These agreements provide high school students in Osceola County the opportunity to enhance their learning in Dual Enrollment courses that meet educational, career, and personal needs while enrolled in high school. The district also has a Dual Enrollment agreement with Valencia College.

    • The district has successfully launched a district-wide Bring Your Own Device initiative where students can safely access the internet for district educational content while at school, which has increased student engagement in academics.

    • School attendance has been made a priority for students and parents with the implementation of attendance awareness efforts. For example, a new School Board Policy states that five tardies or early releases equal one unexcused absence. Students can’t learn if they are not in school.

    • For the district’s highest achieving and academically-dedicated students, the district has International Baccalaureate accreditation at all levels. A student can go through kindergarten through Grade 12 with the IB curriculum in the Osceola School District. This opens up doors to the leading colleges and universities in the world.

    • The district has also expanded the number of AVID Programs across the district in elementary, middle, and high schools. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. We have seen the tremendous impact AVID has had:
    --It increases enrollment in advanced academic courses (Pre-AP/AP/Honors) and increases the rigor of all courses;
    --It implements instructional best practices for all students in the school; and
    --It creates a college-going culture throughout the school.

    • New high school Career Academies continue to be added to provide rigorous and relevant instruction which focus on preparing students for both the workplace with industry certifications in many cases and college. Some of the newest Academies include:
    --Business Academy at St. Cloud High;
    --Digital Arts and Gaming Academies in partnership with EA Sports;
    --Cambridge International Program;
    --Horticulture ; and
    --Lodging Operations.

    • In conjunction with Celebration Foundation and the Education Foundation, the district has a Medical Pipeline which has expanded to inspire interest, ignite possibilities, and develop skills in our students for the pursuit of pathways to careers in healthcare. As part of the program, students are now offered:
    --Elementary Health Careers Experience: One-day exploration field trips for third graders to Florida Hospital Celebration;
    --Health Careers Experience for Middle and High: One-day exploration field trips to Florida Hospital Celebration; and
    --Health Leaders Summer Academy: Two-week summer academy for 35 rising juniors. Students participate in lectures, hands-on labs, and conduct research

    • The district is also working with The Education Foundation and area business leaders to develop a program similar to the Medical Pipeline but giving students from elementary through high school the opportunity to examine careers in the construction trades. This new Building Osceola Construction Pipeline Program will highlight high-demand/high-wage careers and how students can begin working towards industry certifications and go on to college or technical school training.

    • The district is also working on a Grow Your Own Teacher program to fill the demand of critical-need vacancies in the subjects of math, science, language arts, and elementary education. The district is working closely with Valencia College and UCF, with the end goal of students being able to graduate from UCF right here in Osceola County with a Bachelor’s Degree in education with very little out-of-pocket expenses.


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