K-12 Schools

The four K-12 school districts in the Orlando region – Lake County Schools, Orange County Public Schools, Osceola County School District 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.
Orange County // Of the district’s high schools, 17 have been named “Top of the Class” by the Washington Post.

Seminole County // High schools ranked in the top 4 percent by Newsweek based on the number of AP and IB tests taken. Three high schools – Lyman High School, Seminole High School and Crooms Academy of Information Technology – are featured as a "Best High School" by U.S. News & World Report

Lake County // Lake County Schools are leading the way in new approaches to personalized learning methods.

Osceola County // Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee has been named one of America’s top public high schools by Newsweek in conjunction with the Washington Post.

K-12 Alternatives

Private Schools

The Orlando region has an abundance of both parochial and non-denominational, top-rated choices. College preparatory curriculum at private high schools In the region is notable for high graduation rates, challenging AP coursework, a high number of National Merit semi-finalists and graduates who matriculate to many of the most prestigious universities in the nation.

Career Academies

Each school district has numerous career academies offering high school students personalized learning communities. The Lake Nona High School Health Careers Academy is in the heart of Orlando's "Medical City". With the help of Florida Hospital students learn in a Simulation Lab with several state-of-the-art hospital rooms, complete with simulated patients. In Lake County, the Digital Design Academy prepares students for employment in digital publishing positions. These skills are in high demand in Orlando's robust Digital Media Industry.

Charter Schools

This public school alternative provides more tailored programs to diverse groups of students. The United Cerebral Palsy School in Seminole County provides expert support, education and therapy to children with special needs. The Mavericks Charter High School in Osceola County offers students who are challenged by the traditional approach to learning a unique opportunity to earn a state-recognized high school diploma in a smaller, more individualized, self-paced high school environment.

Magnet Schools

The Laser Photonics magnet program was created in partnership with Northrop Grumman Laser Systems and Valencia College. Students can complete the majority of an associates degree by the time they graduate high school. These students have ample career opportunities in Orlando's Optics & Photonics Industry. The Osceola County School for the Arts nourishes academic and artistic excellence. In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Osceola County School for the Arts the 18th best high school in Florida.

Florida Public Virtual School

Founded in 1997 as the country's first, statewide public high school, FLVS is an established leader in developing and providing virtual K-12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the U.S. and around the world. Courses are designed for flexibility and to serve the needs of all achievement levels, ranging from Advanced Placement coursework to self-paced, personalized instruction for students needing supplemental courses or credit recovery.