Ocala Preparatory Academy (OPA) is a K-12 private school (and an OASN Academic Program) located in SW Ocala, FL, founded in 2016. Our learning environments consists of small class sizes, hands-on activities, complemented by creative and critical thinking.
As a result, our students are inspired to learn and excel! Each student is assigned a computer to supplement and to reinforce customized learning.
We believe that physical activity, during the day, assists with the learning process. Consequently, students go outside, either to enjoy learning in a different environment or to participate in various sports, activities, games or physical education.
Our Mission Statement
To create a rich environment where each learner is respected and is given the resources to reach personal, college, and career goals.
Our academic standards are very high in all phases of the learning, notwithstanding the hiring of our academic staff. We believe that the key to learning is finding the way each student learns best.
- Paraprofessional staff must have experience working with children in an inclusion setting, have at minimum an associate degree or have passed the paraprofessional test.
- Teachers must have at minimum a bachelor's degree and two years teaching experience in an inclusion setting.
All staff must pass level two background screening.
Our students thrive in our small classes in which they are actively engaged and seen as a partner in the learning experience. Before students are enrolled, they are given the opportunity to visit and to actively participate in the teaching/learning process with their peers for two (or more) days. Additionally, the student selection process includes a testing component for students at the K-6 grade levels.
Students are offered opportunities to work independently, in peer groups, or on team-based projects. Gifted students excel, without limitations, within traditional, blended, and/or online environments. Student-centered learning is a focal point of the school. Furthermore, we believe in teaching students to be self-directed in their learning and students work on this skill, particularly, by taking online courses.
Our students enjoy rich curriculum taught by our academic instructors online and onsite in our classrooms. We embrace an infusion of technology into our curriculum. Students in grades 9-12 are offered personal choice electives. Each student is provided a curriculum that is customized to their academic needs and interests. Computers are issued to all students for use onsite for academic use only.
Ocala Preparatory Academy is a K-12 private school and academic program offered by OASN, a non profit organization serving the community since May 12, 2011. Choice scholarships accepted.