Orlando Gifted Academy is the first magnet school for gifted students in OCPS. It currently serves 2nd through 5th grade students and will be adding 6th grade for the 2019-20 school year. We strive every day to make OGA a place where scholars are inspired to be their best self in a challenging, joyful learning environment. To help create that joy, our “OGA Owls” are challenged daily through differentiated learning that addresses the needs of all students. We accomplish this goal with a variety of programs. Our scholars explore topics that interest them through Enrichment Clusters. One marking period they may explore, research, and create a project involving robots and coding and the next marking period, they dive into the world of installation art. If you walk through classrooms on campus on any given day, you might watch a class reading and discussing their favorite books through the Schoolwide Enrichment Model Reading Framework (SEM-R) while another class is diving into a topic of interest through Project Based Learning (PBL). One class might be having a SEM Type 1 experience by listening to a guest speaker discuss their life running a farm while yet another class is conducting a piece of classical music that they will experience on a field trip to see the Orlando Philharmonic. Engaged students are much more likely to invest in their learning and we gladly accept the responsibility to help expose them to as many topics and information as we can during the school year.
Principal Patrice Knowles started her teaching career at Bay Meadows Elementary in 1995. Her 23 year tenure with OCPS has afforded her a vast variety of diverse experiences in many areas including: being a classroom teacher for 10 years, a School Based Behavior Specialist, Administrative Dean and Assistant Principal.
Principal Knowles prides herself on understanding the needs of students across the board, based on her ability to build positive relationships with her staff, parents and students. Her current tenure at Orlando Gifted Academy provides her the opportunity to service the unique population of OCPS students and their families. Mrs. Knowles uses her experiences as a parent of gifted children, her experiences in the classroom, as well as the other roles that she has had to ensure that Orlando Gifted Academy is a place of JOYful learning each day.