About OCPA

A Member of the Charter School Associates' Family of Schools


Meet Our Leader

Mr. Jeff Higgins joined Orange County Preparatory Academy as principal in August 2018. “I am so proud to be a part of the Dolphin family”, said Mr. Higgins. “This is a beautiful campus, with great students and a terrific faculty and staff”. Mr. Higgins visits classrooms on a regular basis and provides necessary feedback to teachers to insure that student needs are being met.

Mr. Higgins earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Ithaca College and continued his educational pursuits to earn a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, he received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership while attending Plattsburgh State University in New York.  Mr. Higgins holds Florida certifications for School Principal, Educational Leadership, Physical Education and Athletic Coaching.

Mr. Higgins has over twenty years of educational experience which includes classroom teacher for exceptional education students, physical education teacher for all levels including elementary, middle and high school. He has also served as Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal. 

Prior to accepting his position as Principal of Orange County Preparatory Academy, Mr. Higgins served as Assistant Principal at Union Park Elementary and Arbor Ridge K-8 School. 

Our Mission

The mission of Orange County Preparatory Academy is to provide students with a challenging program which emphasizes scientific inquiry, critical thinking, understanding of mathematical concepts and effective communication using innovative, reform-based instructional methods in a stimulating and nurturing environment that fosters maximum student achievement.

Our Belief

Orange County Preparatory Academy recognizes that all children are unique; that each learns in a different style and at a different pace. We strive to meet the individual needs of every student through a variety of programs and differentiated instructional techniques designed to prepare the child for success.

OCPA offers a safe, secure, private school environment with a program that provides a quality and challenging academic education that includes:

  • parental involvement
  • school-wide disciplinary expectations
  • standards designed to foster academic, social and emotional growth.

We offer a balanced and flexible curriculum that provides a firm foundation in the core disciplines with enrichment in Math and Science and the infusion of technology throughout the school day.


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Orange County Prep is an AdvancED accredited educational institution. Accreditation through AdvancED indicates that Orange County Prep has met rigorous, research- based standards of  educational excellence to ensure the education program offered at Orange County Prep meets the needs of learners through proficiency in Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity. Using these standards, Orange County Prep targets areas in each domain for continuous improvement in creating student success.