Orange Preparatory Academy

400 Central Ave, Orange, NJ 07050

  • Welcome to Orange Preparatory Academy 



    Ms. Carrie Halstead, Principal

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     Assistant Principals

    Mrs. Samantha Fossella 

    Mr. Tarrell Harp - Interim

    Mrs. Roberta Washington


    Tel:  973-677-4135

    Fax: 973-677-2439


     School Hours 

    Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:00 am 

    School day:  8:20 am - 3:15 pm

    After-School Programs: 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

School News and Information

  • Pre-School Registration

    In-Person and Virtual Preschool Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 5-7, and July 12-14, 2022, from 9 AM - 1 PM, at the Orange Early Childhood Center, 397 Park Avenue. Online registration is available via the preschool registration portal during those times.

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  • Vaccination for Children

    Vaccines are now available for children ages 6 months to 5 years at the Sears Building, Livingston Mall, a new Essex County vaccine and test location. Appointments are required.

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  • District- Wide Summer School Programs

    The Orange Public Schools will be offering a variety of summer programming options in Summer 2022 that serve the purpose of remediation, enrichment, credit recovery, and extended learning opportunities for our students. Programs begin in July in in-person learning formats. Registration closes on May 31, 2022.

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  • Orange Week 2022

    Save the date! June 4 - June 11th, 2022 with a special event on June 11th, 2022. Register for the Heywood Avenue School 5K Color Run.

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  • The Orange Public Schools Parent University

    The Parent University is a series of free and reduced-price workshops running now through June that offers parents a wide range of experiences across various topics, including Study Skills Seminars, parent wellness workshops, and job placement and certification offerings.

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  • COVID 19 Vaccination Letter to Parents

    In order for the school district to have a clear accounting of students that are vaccinated, we are requesting that you scan your child’s Covid-19 vaccination card to their school nurse no later than Monday, December 6, 2021. This is very important as we continue in our quest to keep all staff and students safe.

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  • For Parents - How to Support Your Child with Google Classroom

    If you are unfamiliar with Google Classroom, the platform in which your child is receiving and posting assignments, please visit the link to view these helpful videos.

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  • Download the District APP

    The new Orange Public Schools mobile app for both Apple and Android devices is ready for launch! We invite you to stay connected while you're on the go with this FREE mobile app that will bring you the latest news and information about our schools. Click on the title to view the flyer.

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  • Free Internet from Comcast

    Comcast is offering qualifying families, who are new customers, 60 days of free Internet Essentials service, usually available for $9.95/month.

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  • The Home - School Compact

    School staff, parents/guardians and students must work together to ensure our students' success. Parents, we are requesting that you read the Home - School Compact with your child, then complete and submit to your school. Use the link above.

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  • Take Care of Yourself During this Public Health Emergency

    Coping with a public health emergency can be stressful and worrisome. You may have to deal with uncertainty, concerns about your health and the health of your family and friends, a change in your routine, limited access to needed resources, and more.

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  • Important Announcements


    Register Here 

    Summer Chromebook Access 

    Dear Orange Family,

    As we enter the Summer Break, we would like to remind parents and students of the following Chromebook guidelines. The Chromebook is provided to students for educational purposes only. Only the student assigned to the Chromebook should utilize the device. Playing games, listening to music, and watching movies are considered inappropriate uses of the school device. When using a Chromebook, be sure to keep it in the case, if one was provided. Hold the Chromebook with two hands, and always place it on an even surface to prevent it from falling. Do not eat or drink around the Chromebook, and finally, do not overcharge the device. Any damage incurred to the Chromebook will be the responsibility of the parent or the legal guardian. We encourage you to properly store the device in a secure area when not in use over the summer.  Thank you. 

    Dr. Fitzhugh 

    Superintendent of Schools 

    ***We will use Go Guardian to make all district devices for all Elementary schools have limited access, only allowing use of Reading Plus, IREADY, IREAD and Office 365.  Students at OPA, OHS and STEM will have full, uninterrupted access to their district devices and are reminded that their devices are solely for their individual use for educational purposes only. 

    For all elementary schools only, devices will be accessible from 8 am - 5 pm daily for regular use of district platforms.  After 5 pm and weekends, devices will not be accessible.   

    Additionally, from August 15th - September 2nd, all elementary students will not be able to access their devices.  Full access will be restored on Tuesday, September 6th.  


    School Calendars


    District Revised Calendar

    22-23 District Calendar

    Orange Prep May Calendar

    Orange Prep June Calendar

    The Zone Calendar 

    May Breakfast & Lunch Calendar 

    June Breakfast & Lunch Calendar


    Genesis Parent Portal Registration 

    click on the link above to register

    Genesis Registration  

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