Ocoee is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 35,579. It is part of the Orlando, Kissimmee, Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In the mid-1850s, Dr. J.D. Starke, stricken with malaria, led a group of slaves, similarly stricken, to the north side of an open pine wooded lake that provided clear and clean water to avoid further malaria outbreaks.
Welcome to Ocoee
The camp built by the group provided a base of operations from which to commute during the day to work the fields near Lake Apopka and rest at night. As the camp grew into a village, it took the name Starke Lake, a name the lake upon which the group settled bears to this day. The city’s population increased further after the American Civil War as confederate soldiers and their families settled into the area, including Captain Bluford Sims and General William Temple Withers who wintered at the location.Captain Sims received a land grant for a 74-acre parcel to the west of Starke Lake in what is now the downtown portion of Ocoee on October 5, 1883. In 1886, Captain Sims, along with a group of original settlers, led an effort to have the town platted and changed the name to Ocoee, after a river near he grew up in Tennessee.
Ocoee elementary school
Dear Ocoee Elementary Families:
I am excited to be the new principal at Ocoee Elementary! I have been working with OCPS since 1990. During my years with the district, I have served as classroom teacher, district resource teacher, assistant principal and principal. This is my eleventh year as a principal. Prior to joining the Ocoee community, I served as principal of Michael McCoy Elementary for six years and Windy Ridge K-8 School for four years.
Ocoee Middle School
To be the top producer of successful students in the nation
To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community
To focus our efforts to accomplish our mission and achieve our vision, the board and superintendent set five broad goals.
Intense Focus on Student Achievement
High-Performing and Dedicated Team
Safe Learning and Working Environment
Sustained Community Engagement
Ocoee High School
Windermere Preparatory School is located on a beautiful 48-acre campus in Southwest Orange County. Windermere Preparatory School’s academic approach is built on complex problem solving and critical thinking, emphasizes intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth, and culminates with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
While academic achievement is Windermere Preparatory School’s highest priority, it is complemented and enriched by a multitude of resources and extracurricular activities, such as fine and performing arts, athletics, clubs and community service. Through personalized learning and cutting-edge curriculum, committed teachers provide instruction that develops and educates the whole child, both inside and outside the classroom.
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