Orange Preparatory Academy

400 Central Avenue, Orange, NJ 07050


400 Central Avenue Orange, New Jersey 07050
Tel: (973) 677-4135 Fax: (973) 677-2439
 School Hours:  8:20 - 2:25
Darrell Medley
, Principal
Noel Cruz, Assistant Principal
Samantha Sica Fossella, Assistant Principal
Carrie Halstead, Assistant Principal

OPA's News and Events:   
            Important    time  
               2:25 dismissal  

OPA Bell Schedule 2013 – 2014

Adjusted for the remainder of the school year - 2:25 PM dismissal 

 Regular Day

Block 1             8:20 a.m. -   9:41 a.m.                                   

Block 2             9:44 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.                                  

Block 3           11:08 a.m. – 1:01 p.m.

 A Lunch          11:08 a.m.  -  11:38 a.m.
(Class   11:41 a.m.  – 1:01 p.m.)              
 B Lunch          11:50 a.m.  – 12:20 p.m.
(Class   11:08 a.m.   - 11:48 a.m/12:22 p.m.  -   1:01 p.m.)
 C Lunch          12:31 p.m.  - 1:01 p.m.  
(Class   11:08 a.m. - 12:28 p.m. )
Block 4           1:04 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.                         
All students should leave the premises and go home when school is dismissed unless they have a scheduled after school activity.       
Read the parent letter for more information: Schedule Adjustment 

 AM Tutoring at Orange Prep 
7:30 - 8:15  
English Language Arts
Tuesday and Thursday Morning
Ms. Haqq - English grade 9 room 214
Ms. Staats - ELA grade 8 room 203
 Wednesday and Friday Morning
Ms. Sutton - Algebra grade 9 room 126
Mr. Valdez - Math grade 8 room 202
 A days
Mr. Aguirre – ESL Math grade 8 Room 228
Tuesday and Thursday Morning
Mr. Pohling – Physics grade 9 room 223
Ms. Brown - Science grade 8 room 222
Social Studies
Wednesday and Friday Morning
Mr. Binns - Global Studies grade 9 room 315
Ms. Mongelli – Social Studies grade 8 room 112
Click here for the AM Tutoring Application

Orange Preparatory Academy Saturday Programs
9 am - 12 am
November 16 - April 12
8th grade students eligible on a first come first served basis
November 16 - May 18
8th and 9th grade gifted and advanced level students are eligible
January 4 - May 17
9th grad students in need of course and credit recovery
* click on the blue titles to open the applications
Planned Saturdays at OPA
(pending inclement weather)
November 16, 23
December 7, 14
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12
May 3, 10, 17 


 OPA's School Uniform is as follows:  

8th grade students
Khaki pants or skirt with a white collared shirt 
9th grade students
Black pants or skirt with an orange or white collared shirt  


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Our students and teachers will embrace the Small Learning Community’s Educational Model. The four SLC’s (Health Science, Business Technology, Law and Arts) will function as high performing collaborative teams. We will implement instructional strategies that are designed to enable all students to master the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and to enjoy and celebrate learning. The teachers of each SLC will strive to present interdisciplinary thematic instruction and project based learning in a nurturing environment that inspires students to engage in many of the challenges of the 21st Century.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The administration, staff and community of Orange Preparatory Academy believe that all children can learn. We accept the responsibility of providing an environment whereby each student will be able to acquire the knowledge and social skills, necessary to participate independently in a democratic society. Social, educated and literate people contribute toward the preservation of democracy and the elimination of poverty, prejudice, and inequality. We will remain persistent in building students self-esteem while fostering academic achievement. The administration, faculty and support staff is committed to:

  • Implementing a rigorous curriculum that addresses the wide range of individual differences among students.
  • Encouraging learning challenges, taking into account students’ maturity, interest and learning style.
  • Exposing students to various enrichment activities and experiences.
  • Promoting the physical well being of each student through a comprehensive health and physical education program that involves students in physical activities.
  • Developing in each student an appreciation for the fine and performing arts.
  • Providing students with a code of conduct that encourages the development of self-discipline, civic and social responsibility.
  • Teaching students respect and value for themselves and others.
  • Promoting an environment of cultural awareness, respect and appreciation.
  • Embracing the research of Lauren B. Resnick and Megan Williams Hall in their article “Principles of Learning for Effort-Based Education.” We believe an environment, which is rich in strategic problem solving, can foster and heighten student intellect.
  • More specifically, because we believe that intelligence is learnable; we are committed to designing classrooms that employ problem solving skills and one that encourages students to ask questions.