The mission of the School is to offer middle and high school students in Orange County a high quality education, aligned with the Florida Sunshine State Standards, in an intellectually nurturing learning environment. Its purpose is to enable students to reach their maximum potential in all subject areas with special emphasis on mathematics, science, and reading utilizing state-of-the-art curricula such as Connected Mathematics Project (CMP), College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM), Foundational Approaches in Science Teaching (FAST), and Academy of Reading. Research literature on these programs has indicated that these exemplary programs are effective and accessible to all levels of students, not only high performing students1. Results consistently show that students who are engaged in these programs perform as well as or better than other students.
Charter schools provide a choice to the parents within the state's public school system. The vision of Orlando Science Schools will be high standards of student achievement and is committed to provide parents flexibility to choose among diverse educational opportunities within the state's public school system. Orlando Science Schools will give parents and students a choice of rigorous math, science and reading focused program in Orange County. To achieve its objectives, the School will
(1) provide students with innovative curricula that were recognized as exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education in mathematics and science as well as rigorous reading programs such as Language!,
(2) use a variety of student assessment methods and school climate surveys and participate in district and statewide assessment programs on a consistent basis to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning processes and to improve the school environment,
(3) improve students' self-esteem, self-control, and self-regulation skills through group process skills and cooperative learning strategies. The School will have high expectations of its students both academically and socially. In addition, the School will aim at developing student awareness of local and community needs as well as an understanding of national and global issues; reaching academic excellence for all the students while at the same time recognizing individual differences.
The School has the responsibility to construct a program, which engages and motivates students to invest their talents, energy, and enthusiasm in completing their schoolwork in an exemplary manner. In addition, continuous improvement, persistent innovation, positive response to change, and a commitment to incessant growth are characteristics of the School's people and programs.
Finally, the School believes that an educated citizen in the 21st century must have the skills and understanding to participate and work productively in a multicultural, globally-oriented environment, including the skills required to use technology to its full potential in the new millennium.
CMP Website: http://connectedmath.msu.edu/rnd/past.html
CPM Website: http://www.cpm.org/parents/statistics.htm
FAST Website: http://www.hawaii.edu/crdg/reports/