Preparing students at all stages to serve as Orlando’s workforce of tomorrow is a top priority as educators committed to excellence work in partnership with parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders to create innovative curriculum and programs, starting as young as the Pre-Kindergarten level.
The four K-12 school districts in the Orlando region – Lake County Schools, Orange County Public Schools, School District of Osceola County and Seminole County Public Schools – are high-performing and award-winning with numerous accolades received including the Broad Prize for Urban Education (OCPS) and are routinely named to lists like “Most Connected,” “Best High School” and “Top of the Class.” Each district has innovative magnet programs as well as a focus on Advanced Placement and dual enrollment, STEM and robotics (as early as Kindergarten), unique arts schools and personalized learning approaches. A strong private school system is also available.
For higher education, the Orlando region offers more than 35 colleges, universities, technical schools and private institutions as well as continuing education programs that offer on-going opportunities for workers sharpening their skills.
Full Sail University caters to those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry and graduates routinely win prestigious awards including Oscars and GRAMMYs.
Rollins College Crummer Graduate School has been named among the top MBA programs in the nation.
The University of Central Florida, one of the nation’s most innovative schools, is the country’s second largest university, offering 200 degree programs to more than 60,000 students.
Unique colleges in the region include Beacon College, the first higher education institution in the country to award bachelor degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities; Florida Institute of Technology, named one of the nation’s top technological institutions; and Keiser University and Webster University, both with flexible programs and personalized learning approaches.
The region’s state colleges have also earned high marks. Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College (named the best community college in the nation by the Aspen Institute), all offer DirectConnect, a partnership with the University of Central Florida.
Statewide universities operate divisions in the Orlando region including Florida A&M University College of Law, Florida State University College of Medicine, and the University of Florida Research and Academic Center.