Osceola High School (Kissimmee, Florida)
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|Osceola High School|
|Home of the Kowboys|
|School district||Osceola County, Florida|
|Campus size||Half mile in Length|
Osceola High School, "An International School," is located in Kissimmee, Florida, and is one of 79 schools in Osceola School District. It is a public school that serves 2569 students in grades PK, 9-12. It is the Home of the Distinguished “Double AA Scholar’s Program,” and is also known as the Home of the Kowboys.
Osceola High School has 20 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Florida average is 17 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
The school has 4X4 block scheduling. The basic educational program is offered in a school day of four instructional blocks of 90 minutes in length. This means a student will earn 4 credits from August through January and 4 credits from January through May.
 Students by ethnicity
- Hispanic 75%
- White 10%
- Black 10%
- Multiracial 2%
- Asian 2%
- Indian < 1%
 Students by gender
- Male 45%
- Female 55%
 School song: "Alma Mater"
O.H.S. we'll e'er be loyal,
Thine ideals uphold,
Ever true and faithful followers
Of the blue and gold.
Alma Mater, Alma Mater,
Dearest ever known,
Hail, oh hail, we'll never fail thee,
O.H.S. our own.
 Smaller Learning Communities
Osceola High has begun an endeavor of creating Smaller Learning Communities within the school. These Smaller Learning Communities will be made up of teams of teachers who will work together to meet the individual needs and interests of the students they work with. Students in the 9th and 10th grade will choose their team based on the major they select. Major areas will be grouped into Houses that will be made up of loosely related majors. The math and language arts teachers will work with the same group of students for the entire year. Classes will be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the students in their house.
 Osceola High School majors
- AA Program– Dual Enrollment
- Language Arts and Communications
- Social Sciences
- Foreign Language
- Performing and Fine Arts
- Health Science/Physical Education
- Air Force JROTC
- Veterinary Assisting
- Business Technology
- Construction Technology
- Auto Service Technology
- Computer Technology Education
- Criminal Justice
 The AA Scholars program
The AA Scholars program is the only program in the county that allows student to earn 2 years of college credit on the high school campus. The curriculum is a rigorous 4 year plan made up of honors, Dual Enrollment courses which meet graduation requirements for Osceola High School and Associate of Arts Degree requirements for Valencia Community College.
The AA Program offers:
- A balanced, comprehensive educational plan
- Rigorous, competitive coursework in all major academic areas
- A flexible choice of courses to meet individual needs
- The opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts Degree while in high school
- Scholarship opportunities, including Bright Futures
- Monetary savings on college expenses (possible savings of $15,000-$30,000)
 Air Force JROTC
Recently, Osceola High School's JROTC ranked second in the category of Best Overall Air Force JROTC Unit out of 17 high schools representing nine counties in the state. Osceola’s two drill teams, led by first-time commanders Sarah Rios and Jennifer Molina, delivered great team performances. Osceola’s two color guard teams, led by cadet captains Juan Mercado and Mike Danilowski, won the school its No. 2 ranking. Mercado’s color guard was regarded as the most “flawless performance” the judge had ever seen. The JROTC is under the direction of Master Sgt. Fred Kraemer.
- JROTC - In 2008-2009 is now 1st place overall in the state of Florida
- 1915 - Osceola High School plays its first football game, beating Orlando High School 6-0
 Standard graduation requirements
Students graduating from Osceola High School will be required to complete the following course plan:
- English (Language Arts) — 4 credits
- Mathematics — 4 credits (Including Algebra I or equivalent)
- Science — 4 credits
- Social Studies — 3 credits
- World History
- American History
- American Government / Economics
- Fine or Performing Art — 1 credit
- Physical Education / Health — 1 and 1/2 credits
- Health — 1/2 credit
- Personal Fitness — 1/2 credit
- P.E. elective — 1/2 credit
- Electives — 12 and 1/2 credits
- 9th grade writing — 1 credit
- 10th grade Liberal Arts Math
- 10th grade Applied Communications — 1 credit
- Foreign Language required for college admission — 2 credits
 Additional graduation requirements
In addition to the above listed classes, students scoring in level 1 or 2 on the FCAT will be required to take intensive reading courses. All students are required to pass FCAT testing as stated:
- FCAT Reading grade 10 test
Biology EOC Geometry EOC Algebra 1 EOC Students who do not pass the FCAT in 10th grade may retake the test in 11th and 12th grade.
 Notable alumni
- Charles H. Bronson (born 1949) - Politician, commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Nathan Philemon Bryan (1872-1935) - Federal judge and United States Senator.
- William James Bryan (1876-1908) - Lawyer and United States Senator.
- Osceola High School website
- "Charles H. Bronson - Info". Facebook. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
- This listing based upon sibling relationship to known Osceola HS graduate William James Bryan.
- "William James Bryan," National Cyclopedia of American Biography: Volume 14. New York: James T. White and Co., 1910; pp. 236-237.