Orange Preparatory Academy recognizes and celebrates the success of students with achievements in academics, athletics, social/community service and character development. Orange Preparatory Academy was recognized by the NJDOE for its sustainability of noted improvements in various areas including student achievement and efforts in closing the achievement gap with English Language Learners and Special Education populations.
|White|| 0% |
|Black|| 60% |
|Asian|| 0% |
|Hispanic|| 40% |
|American Indian or Native Alaskan|| 0% |
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander|| 0% |
|Multiracial|| 0% |
|Female|| 45.5% |
|Male|| 54.5% |
|Economically disadvantaged students|| 62% |
|Students with disabilities|| 14% |
|English learners|| 13% |
|Homeless students|| 1% |
|Students in foster care|| 0% |
|Military-connected students|| 0% |
|Migrant students|| 0% |
|Grade||Percent of total students||Students|
|8th Grade|| 53% ||315|
|9th Grade|| 47% ||277|
|Incidents per year|
|Harassment, intimidation, and bullying||1|
|Days absent||Percent of students|
|0 days|| 8% |
|1 to 5 days|| 38% |
|6 to 10 days|| 24% |
|11 to 15 days|| 13% |
|Over 15 days|| 17% |
|English|| 59.5% |
|Spanish|| 27.3% |
|Haitian|| 9.3% |
|Other|| 2.2% |
|Creoles and pidgins, French-based|| 1.7% |
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Orange Preparatory Academy commits to providing academic excellence and social-emotional support to help our students grow and succeed. The faculty will provide a safe, caring environment and encourage all stakeholders to "Come Together." We will inspire students to be community leaders, as well as lifelong learners. We will prepare students for equitable opportunities for their future endeavors and the challenges of the 21st century.
Orange Preparatory Academy is committed to providing students with a comprehensive and engaging curriculum program. Students are offered differentiated and rigorous programs in Mathematics, Language Arts Literacy, Science/S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, Global Studies, World Language, Computer Technology Education, Visual and Performing Arts and Physical Education/Health.
Baseball (Boys), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Cheerleading (Girls), Football (Boys), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys & Girls)
Extracurricular student activities include Chorus, Band, Cyber Cafe, Community Service Club, Diversity Club, Art Club, Library Book Club, Dance, Drama, Robotics, Graphic Animation Club, Newspaper, Junior Debate, STEM Club, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, Girls Who Code, Video-Media Club and Sisterhood.
OPA maintains partnerships with universities and organizations that allow our students opportunities with Essex County College Dual Enrollment Program, NJIT, NJIT Real World Connections, Rutgers Trio, NJ Youth Orchestra and South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Professional learning opportunities are available to all staff at multiple times throughout the year. Professional Development topics address, among others, content enhancement; pedagogy in urban education; technology integration; instructional best practices; social & emotional learning and restorative practices. Staff may also seek professional development from sources outside of the school/district.
The school provides standards based academic programs for students with disabilities and English language learners. There is also an extended day academic program and a Saturday academic and enrichment program for all students. Intervention and referral services are designed to assist struggling students.
Breakfast and lunch programs are available to all students. All students are enrolled in daily physical education and health courses.
Orange Preparatory Academy employs a Student Family Liaison that connects the school with home. The Liaison works in conjunction with Administration to provide targeted workshops, multi levels of support, and an array of community resources for our families. Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) meetings are held monthly and parent representatives play an active role in school decision making with representation on the School Leadership Team.