The Orme School - Review #7

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The Orme School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
I have done the horsemanship program, put on the first pep rally, was apart of a team that put together our holiday party, and am currently helping put together their big fine arts festival.
College Enrolled:
Arizona state
Home Town, State:
Visalia, CA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Orme is an amazing place to meet students from not only different states but different countries as well. In the short year I have attended Orme I have met so many amazing people staff and students alike.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I love the sports and clubs the most. The sports are a great place to support the athletic department. It’s also a great place to support the clubs because often times they sell concessions for students to enjoy during the games.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wouldn't have changed a thing. It was an easy transition for me. All the students were really helpful whether it was meal times, unpacking, or getting from class to class.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I love the diverse, family-style community. Orme students, staff, and faculty all have a family sense. The students are like the nieces and nephews, the staff is everything from grandparents to parents and aunts and uncles. It’s a great place to be.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I definitely would encourage students to take some of the classes/activities outside of their comfort zone because it’s a great way to experience new things.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I love the teachers that I have. They are very kind, devoted, and all around great teachers. They all care for their students tremendously and help in whatever was they can.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletics at Orme are a big deal for the students, as well as staff. Most students attend the games and show support for whatever sport/s is in season. Our athletic director does a great job keeping all students, player or not, involved in the games.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I took 2D art in the first semester and loved it. Our art teacher gave us projects and let us experience different kinds of 2D art. We did everything from putting out face into a copy machine to make charcoal drawings, to craving on linoleum tablets for one form of print making, to drawing backwards for another kind of print making. We also get to do 3D art on the weekends if we aren't in the 3D art class. Our art teacher does a great job at helping each student and using their strengths and also strengthening their weaknesses.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
All seniors at Orme have a class period for getting in their college applications in before big deadlines. Our college guidance councilor does a great job with each student. She is very patient and knowledgeable with the whole college process. The junior and seniors also have a chores period to help keep Orme the beautiful way it is. I personally enjoyed the chores period, students could do everything from tutoring to working in the dining hall, to general grounds-keeping. The chores period gives students a chance to do something other sit in a classroom. It also teaches responsibility, cooking skills, (if you work in the kitchen,) and hard work.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms are nice, each dorm is 1-2 students with a bathroom connected by another room. There is tons of storage in the dorms, a desk, a chair, either a large closet, or a smaller closet with shelves, and a vanity with storage. The bathroom has a nice shower, shelves, hooks, a toilet, and a set of cabinets. I personally get along with both my roommate and my suitmate which is nice. The awesome thing about Orme is that the diversity from global students is continued into the dorms. Students will hangout in each other’s dorms, some are learning languages, some are singing, some are practing religion, studying, or even just talking. The only thing I would change about the dorms are that we don’t get to have refrigerators. We do have one in our girls commons however we aren’t allowed in there after 10 on school nights, and 11 on weekends.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall is actually a really cool place. When the board members come students get the opportunity to sit and talk with them. On a normal day we have a decent variety to choose from. My favorite thing about the dining/dining hall, is the staff behind the counter. They always make it a fun experience when we go to a meal.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
We are in the middle of nowhere. There is no town around us. However we do get to go to town to get things we need, almost every weekend there is at least one trip.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The social life at Orme varies from student to student. A majority of the students are social, we all have classes together, see each other multiple times a day, and interact at least once a day. Most students if they have a problem with another student talk it out amongst themselves in a mature way, ask for an adults help in resolving the issue, or let it go. Which teaches us that a level of maturity which is needed in an environment like Orme.
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Alumni Reviews Review School

The Orme School Alumni #1
Class of 2016
5.00 7/29/2023
University of Arizona
This school is a diverse and welcoming community full of support from all students and faculty. When I would fall behind on classes, my advisor and fellow students would never hesitate to offer a. . .
The Orme School Alumni #2
Class of 1980
5.00 7/6/2023
High school
I would say that Caravan is a really unique experience at our school, that other schools usually don’t participate in. Students get put into groups depending on your likes, and with at least two teachers. . .
The Orme School Alumni #3
Class of 2023
5.00 7/5/2023
One aspect that stands out about The Orme School is its unique approach to learning. Unlike traditional schools, here you are not confined to a single classroom. Instead, you have the freedom to explore and. . .
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Enrollment: 95 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $51,500
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update