Orange County Preparatory Academy is located near the University of Central Florida campus, is a tuition-free public charter school, and a proud member of the Charter School Associates' family of schools. OCPA has a STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, focused curriculum for Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School students.
Middle School students can take advantage of the Galileo Program to earn High School credits among many other benefits. Cambridge is for advanced studies however, all OCPA students benefit from the programs approach to develop learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged.
Meet Our Leadership
Mrs. Chentella Graham, Principal
Mrs. Chentella Graham began her teaching career in 2009 at a K-8 charter center. She has taught third through eighth-grade students, has been a Grade-Level Chair, and an Instructional Coach assisting teachers with their classroom success. As OCPA Principal her focus is on building relationships with students and families to empower their overall exploration and journey towards educational success.
Currently, Mrs. Graham holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from South University, Master's degree in Taxation Law from Thomas Jefferson University and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
Mrs. Teresita A. Nieves, Asst. Principal
Mrs. Teresita A. Nieves has been an educator for 18 years. She joined Charter School Associates in 2007, as a Math teacher and Department Head, at The Charter School at Waterstone. In 2009, she earned a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction in Math Education. That same year she also became a Math Coach and implemented the Concrete/Semi-concrete/Abstract approach to teaching Mathematics. This approach increased math scores across the CSA network of schools in its first year instruction. In 2015, she became the Math Curriculum Supervisor for CSA, training other Math Coaches in the CSA Approach and working with principals to improve their Math scores.
Mrs. Nieves has a progressive philosophy of education, “I believe students learn through hands-on exploration and inquiry, and I believe real world application creates more meaningful learning experiences. My goal has always been to help students become confident, independent learners, by instilling in them a love for learning and a drive to solve problems.”
Orange County Preparatory Academy is an Cognia accredited educational institution. Accreditation through Cognia indicates that OCPA has met rigorous, research- based standards of educational excellence to ensure the education program offered at OCPA meets the needs of learners through proficiency in Leadership Capacity, Learning Capacity, and Resource Capacity. Using these standards, OCPA targets areas in each domain for continuous improvement in creating student success.
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.
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.