Oakland Avenue Charter School was ranked among the top four schools in Orange County at the fifth-grade FCAT Science Sunshine State Standards test for the 2022-23 academic year.
“I am so proud of our (fifth-graders) and their hard work," said Pamela Dwyer, Oakland Avenue Charter School principal. "Their tremendous accomplishment directly results from the quality science education that our teachers, Mrs. Carrie Sikes and Mrs. Mallory Guarino provide and our special relationship with Oakland Nature Preserve.”
OACS students received a score of 91% proficiency. Orlando Gifted Academy placed first with a score of 99%, Dommerich Elementary ranked second with a score of 94% and Whispering Oak Elementary ranked third with a score of 93%.
According to a press release, "The Charter School credits this success to dedicated, explicit, inquiry-based instruction, as well as their longstanding partnership with Oakland Nature Preserve. Students from Oakland Avenue Charter School frequently visit the preserve for hand-on science education."
OACS provides students with the opportunity to pay weekly visits to the Oakland Nature Preserve, allowing them to learn about nature, the environment and Central Florida's ecosystem.