Osceola High School (Kissimmee, Florida)

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Osceola High School
Location
420 South Thacker Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741

USA
Coordinates 28°18′15″N 81°25′21″W / 28.304086°N 81.422404°W / 28.304086; -81.422404Coordinates: 28°18′15″N 81°25′21″W / 28.304086°N 81.422404°W / 28.304086; -81.422404
Information
School type Title I, Public, high school
Established September 5, 1887 (1887-09-05)
Status Currently operational
School district School District of Osceola County
NCES District ID 1201470[1]
Superintendent Melba Luciano
CEEB Code 100860
NCES School ID 120147001469[2]
Principal Edward Jones
Assistant principals Bronsky Bryant and Rita Loeding
Deans Linda Caswell, David Holder, Charlene Lackey, and Stuart Singer
Chief custodian Michael Brown
Teaching staff 119
Grades 9-12
Gender Coed
Enrollment 2,336[3] (2012-2013)
Grade 9 730
Grade 10 589
Grade 11 527
Grade 12 490
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Education system Secondary education
Classes offered Regular, Honors, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment
Language English
Schedule type Standard scheduling
Hours in school day 6
Campus size Mid
Campus type City
Color(s)           Blue and gold
Slogan Home of the Kowboys
Song Alma Mater
Athletics Yes
Athletics conference Orange Belt Conference
Sports Yes
Mascot Kowboy Jake
Rival Celebration High School, Gateway High School, Harmony High School, Liberty High School, Poinciana High School and Saint Cloud High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Average SAT scores 901
Average ACT scores 18[4]
Newspaper The Warrior Record
Yearbook Osceolan
Website

Osceola High School (OHS) is a public high school located in Kissimmee, Florida, USA.[5] The school was established on September 5, 1887 along with 20 other schools in Osceola County. It was referred to as "the Kissimmee school" until it received the name "Osceola High School" in 1889.[6]

OHS enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is part of the School District of Osceola County. The school serves students within Kissimmee and enrolled 2,336 students as of the 2012-2013 school year. It is a minority-majority school in that students who identify as Hispanic outnumber students who identify as other ethnicities.

History[edit]

Campus[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2012-2013 school year, the ethnic makeup of OHS is as follows:[3]

Ethnicity Percentage
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6
Asian/Pacific Islander 3.1
Black/Non-Hispanic 13.7
Hispanic 61.3
Multiracial 1.8
White/Non-Hispanic 19.3

Curriculum[edit]

The school no longer uses 4X4 block scheduling as of 2014-2015. This means a student will earn credits from August through May just as in other high schools in the county.

Smaller Learning Communities[edit]

Osceola High consists of small learning communities within the school, teams of teachers who work together to meet the individual needs and interests of their students. Under the new leadership of Edward Jones, 2014-15 should be a welcome change for students, parents and staff.

The AA Scholars program[edit]

The AA Scholars program is the only program in the county that allows students to earn 2 years of college credit.[citation needed] 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 College.

The AA Program offers:

  • A balanced, comprehensive educational plan[citation needed]
  • 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)[citation needed]

Air Force JROTC[edit]

Osceola High School's JROTC ranked second in the category of Best Overall Unit out of 17 in the state.[citation needed] ROTC is under the leadership of Master Sgt. Fred Kraemer.

  • JROTC - In 2008-2009 was 1st place overall in the state of Florida


Additional graduation requirements 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.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Osceola High School has been rated an "A" school in the grading system that uses the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test as its standard for two consecutive years.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

Former principals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Osceola". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Osceola High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Membership by School by Race/Gender, 2012-13". Florida Department of Education. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Evaluation and Reporting - ACT/SAT/AP Data". Florida Department of Education. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Home School website needs to be updated. Page". Osceola High School. Retrieved 26 Oct 2013. 
  6. ^ C. A. Carson (1 May 1914). "The Public Schools of Osceola County". Kissimmee Valley Gazette 17 (19) (Kissimmee, FL). p. 13. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "School Accountability Reports". Florida Department of Education. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  8. ^ This listing based upon sibling relationship to known Osceola HS graduate William James Bryan.

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