Ocala Preparatory Academy (OPA) is a K-12 private school (and an OASN Academic Program) located in SW Ocala, Florida (Marion County). We create learning environments characterized by small class sizes, hands-on activities, complemented by creative and critical thinking.
Our Vision Statement
To develop minds for innovative learning and living in the global era.
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.
Faculty and Staff
Our academic standards are very high in all phases of the learning, notwithstanding the hiring of our teaching personnel. We believe that the key to learning is finding the way each student learns best. Our paraprofessional staff is experienced and have at minimum an associate degree or have passed the paraprofessional test and have related experience. As a result, our customized curriculum is encouraged and supported by all faculty and staff members.
Our faculty are diverse in many ways to include degrees, certifications, and years of experience. Within the faculty and administration, we have varying levels of undergraduate and post graduate degrees. Along with being certified, the faculty's combined years of experience in education total of over 100 years!
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 OPA and to actively participate in the teaching/learning process with their peers for two days. Additionally, the student selection process includes a testing component for younger prospective students, while visiting OPA.
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 6-12 take numerous personal choice electives and technology-based subjects to best prepare them to become citizens of a global era and workforce. Each student is provided a curriculum that is customized to their academic needs and interests all the while supported with a school provided computer for all students K-12.
Honor programs are offered in English, mathematics, and science at OPA and the class grades are weighted with an additional .5 added to the grade earned for all honors classes. Students may also take classes online, at the honors level, as well as numerous Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
This website was designed and created by our students.
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.