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Osceola County School Of Arts

Public | 6-12 | 892 students

 

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Posted March 4, 2014

I absolutely loved going to this school. The teachers are/were understanding, versatile, and talented. This is a place of acceptance that fosters creativity. Since graduating, I moved to Boston and I am finishing up my Bachelor's Degree in History. The great thing is, I may have been a vocalist at Osceola County School for the Arts but the school did much more for me than train me in my field. I learned how to be well-rounded, explore different interests, and gained confidence. Although I am not planning to work completely in my field, I still have a passion for music and will continue to use the skills that I learned at this wonderful school. I definitely recommend it to any student with a love of the arts or even just an interest in them.


Posted December 25, 2010

this school is great because it offers great oppurtunities for students and most students need those oppurtunities


Posted April 2, 2010

This school has really changed my life. Im actually excited to come everyday and everyone treats each other like equals because we all know we're different
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2010

I love this school... I've been here since 6th grade and still haven't stopped loving it. Sure there are some teachers that are extremely hard when it comes to grading, and I as a band major am out from school a lot because of activities such as All-County and Jazz festivals. So for some teachers turning in makeup work is kinda hard. But the school is otherwise amazing! Getting an hour lunch is great for those who use it. Being in band is pretty tough because we're usually rehearsing for the first half of lunch... So the hour is GREAT! The school has a lot of fun activities like Color Wars (LOVE COLOR WARS!) and lunch time dancing (sometimes).. The enviroment is very homey and there are no cliques. Students here are very open and are who they are with no judgement attached. That's what I love most about this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2010

I graduated from OCSA. It is worth while if you plan on making a career out of your art, but I must say if academics are your focus then steer clear. AP class schedules conflict with major area classes and other AP classes. I was in for a big surprise when I began college, OCSA definitely did not prepare me well enough.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

This school was an amazing experience, it gave be both a better understanding of my passions and a directed and well taught education program. All of the teachers have an arts background and this was a very neat tough. I miss the school and hope everyone else will be able to have the same experience that i did


Posted August 14, 2009

This school is the best school I have seen.This will be my daughter 3rd year in the school and she is loving it.The school has good disciplinary action towards the kids.This is great for kids that has been bullied and there is no peer pressure from kids.The kids learn to respect each other and do not discrimnate.This school also have programs for kids who need help in different subjects,which is great.I do not see other public schools that teach students to respect each other and also maintain their grades.These are students that will be successful in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

Seriousy, parents who complain about the school being a 6-12 environment need to rethink their complaint. OCSA was opened as such, everyone knows that when they apply. There are always issues in any school, but the younger students are closely monitored and have access to mentors and extra help with social-emotional and academic situations. Many parents are looking for an elementary enviornment. We are all about the arts and academics....no playgounds here!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 9, 2009

I am actually a graduate from OCSA and in my third year in college. I didn't attend all four years of highschool at OCSA, which gave me the experience of a regular highschool first, and with that i decided it wasn't for me and attended OCSA. The academics in the honors and ap courses are great, when i graduated we had gotten wonderful new teachers. In response to homosexuality, kids at our school were exposed to the real world, involving our artistic futures and we learned to accept people for who they were. Parents who want to keep their kids from that, and teaching them to discriminate are causing problems in the world, its all about acceptance and thats why students love OCSA because were able to be who we are, with others who are just like us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

Reading the reviews on here, I find myself shaking my head. It seems like many parents are very unaware of how amazing OCSA is. I am currently a student at this school, and I can tell you first hand that this is an incredible place to learn. I am a high school student, and have moved many times in my life, experiencing many different schools. OCSA has to be one of my favorite by far! The students are unlike any I've ever met. I've grown so much since I've started going to OCSA, and I really wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I'm in all honors and ap classes, and I would say our academics are definitely not poor at all...quite the opposite actually! There aren't MANY after school activities, but if there were any more, they would be poorly populated because there is no time for them! I love OCSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

As a parent of a 6th grader I would say that as my daughter starter this school she was happy in the begining but shortly after the school started making lots of changes with out much notice to the students she began to go down hill from there in her moods and in her studies and grades. To me it seems that this school has a lot of instability that really needs to be worked at. Not to mention the mixer of middle school students with high school students, Well lets just say that it's not such a good idea.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

This school is great when it comes to art. They do not focus on any other activities. They do not chanllenge the students when it comes to academic. What I don't like about the school is that it is TOO open to homosexuality, and that is not a good influence to students. As we all know, the environment is what shape kid's minds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

This school really looks at the whole child. The attention the students receive and hte extra help offered is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I could say that tthis school O sceola County School for the Arts that Im a student there is the greatest most priviledged school anybody could ever got to I love my school I know that this school will take me somewhere far I love the arts
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2008

I was part of the OCSA Class of 2007. I can proudly call this a five star school. In the few years I spent there I was able to gain a better understanding of my craft as well as develope different skills and techniques! I have spoken to several of teh alumni and we all agree that this school greatly prepared us fo rthe college life!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2007

I actually relocated to Kissimmee just to attend OCSA for my senior year in 06/07. At first the environment seemed different, more welcoming, with a strong air of open mindedness. But soon that all faded away and the more I got to know the students and the faculty the more I realized they were just as unwilling to accept as any other public school. As I did only attend one year, I can't speak for all the teachers but I will certainly say that the ones I was trained under had no right to be teaching. Truely the only pleasant people I encountered while attending was Mrs. Hill the guidance secretary and Mr. V the founder and (now ex)principal, and the only worthy reason why one would want to attend
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 19, 2007

Osceola county school for the arts has to be one of the best schools I have ever gone to. As long as your child is well behaved and focused on their major than they will have a blast!! I am a vocal major at OCSA, as students who attend the school fondly call it, and the vocal teacher is one of the best. If you are worried about cliques,then stop!!LOL there is no need to worry about that. All the students are very welcoming and very friendly. I find myself smiling all the time. There are no sports available at the school itself but you can enroll your child other places. For the vocal students there is gospel choir. If you are in band or vocal there is all county and all state. The parents that are involved are very involved. We do need a little more support from the parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2006

Teachers really help the studends, great school, my daughter likes the school a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Great school. Would reccommend it to anyone who has a child that is focused and learns through art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

This school is one of the best school I have attended. I have been going to OCSA since it has opened and I find it to be great for students in high-school because there are many activities within our majors and we can be a part of other activities. Although I do think that we could use sports because it will keep are students active and up beat. Our teachers are exceptional they are hands on and help us understand any thing we may have a problem with. In our schoolwe have very few problematic students and if we do they always put us back in line. We also have drama music dance and art majors which we can choose from. Our principal is very involved in everything and is present at all the after-school shows activities ect. I would have to say that most of our students like our school.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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84%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
99%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 54%
White 29%
Black 8%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 100%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 39%60%61%
Master's degree 61%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JONATHAN RASMUSSEN
Fax number
  • (407) 931-3019

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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3151 North Orange Blossom Trail
Kissimmee, FL 34744
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