About OCPA

A Member of the Charter School Associates' Family of Schools


Meet Our Leader

Mr. Higgins has twenty years plus of educational experience which includes teaching special education, physical education at all levels, serving as Dean, and Athletic Director.  He earned a Master’s Degree (Curriculum & Instruction) & his Certificate of Advanced Studies (Educational Leadership/Administration) while attending Plattsburgh State University in New York.  Mr. Higgins made the move to Florida in 2013, accepting a position as the Head Football Coach, Boys Weightlifting Coach, Assistant Athletic Director, and Physical Education teacher at Freedom High School in Orange County.  He continued to coach football after being promoted to Administrative Dean/Facilities Administrator.  This led him to pursue his career further in administration.  He was previously an Assistant Principal in Orange County Public Schools at Union Park Elementary and Arbor Ridge K8 School from 2016 until joining the Dolphin family. 

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.