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Winter Park is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida. The population was 27,852 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Within the city are Rollins College, Full Sail University, and the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, which houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Tiffany glass. Winter Park features open park space, residential neighborhoods, golf courses, and a street-side shopping district along Park Avenue.

Welcome to Winter Park

The Winter Park area’s first human residents were migrant Muscogee people who had earlier intermingled with the Choctaw and other indigenous people. In a process of ethnogenesis, the Native Americans formed a new culture which they called “Seminole”, a derivative of the Muskoke (a Creek language) word simano-li, an adaptation of the Spanish cimarrón which means “wild” (in their case, “wild men”), or “runaway” [men]. The site was first inhabited by Europeans in 1858, when David Mizell Jr. bought an 8-acre (32,000 m2) homestead between Lakes Virginia, Mizell, and Berry. A settlement, called Lake View by the inhabitants, grew up around Mizell’s plot. It got a post office and a new name—Osceola—in 1870.

Winter Park was founded as a resort community by northern business magnates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its main street includes civic buildings, retail, art galleries, a private liberal arts college, museums, a park, a train station, a golf course country club, a historic cemetery, and a beach and boat launch.

Winter Park Elementary School

The Winter Park Way

Staff and parents of Winter Park have a very specific philosophy about creating an emotionally safe learning environment with a focus on intrinsic motivation. We encourage students to do the right thing even if no one is looking.

We strongly believe that all children at our school should have access to all the benefits and activities that the school offers. The benefit to the school as a whole is that children feel emotionally comfortable for learning and forming social relationships. Every person in our school community is equally respected and valued. All students and all adults are winners!

Winter Park Elementary School

Glenridge Middle School

OCPS Vision
To be the top producer of successful students in the nation

OCPS Mission
To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community

OCPS Goals
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
Efficient Operations
Sustained Community Engagement

Glenridge Middle School

Winter Park High School

Winter Park High School was constructed at 528 Huntington Avenue in 1923, being one of the first high schools in Orange County. The school remained in this location until construction began in 1969 at the present location (420 Summerfield Rd). The original campus remains in use to this day as the Winter Park High School Ninth Grade Center, a campus exclusively used by ninth-grade students.

In 2008, Winter Park High School was listed at 160 in Newsweek’s 1,200 Top U.S. Schools, with the criteria being which schools have the largest percentage of students taking Honors AP or IB exams.

In 2011, The Washington Post’s annual ranking of American high schools identified WPHS as #156 in the country.

In the novel Paper Towns, written by John Green, Winter Park High School was attended by the main characters of the story. While Green himself did not attend school there, his brother Hank Green (see notable alumni) did.

Winter Park High School

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