The Orme School

1000 Orme School Road, H.C. 63, Box 3040, Mayer, AZ 86333
Tel: 928-632-7601
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The Orme School Photo #2 - Our graduates are competent, confident and well positioned to meet the challenges of college and the world beyond.
The Orme School Photo #3 - Three-hundred naturally-beautiful acres in the high Sonoran desert of the Southwest. The historic Orme School is an inspiring college preparatory education and life experience.
The Orme School Photo #4 - Life at Orme provides positive and healthy choices within a framework and philosophy proven successful since 1929.
The Orme School Photo #5 - Sustainability is not a catch phrase here at Orme. It is a commitment that is woven into your daily life, from Sustainability Classes to your meals.
The Orme School Photo #6 - Orme athletics boasts three state championships in the past few years - one in football and two in basketball. Orme also has volleyball, tennis, baseball, cross country, track, softball and soccer.
The Orme School Photo #7 - Each spring, nationally-respected artists travel to The Orme School, as is tradition since 1969, and lead week-long workshops in the creative arts for all students. Workshops may include painting, drawing, stained glass, photography, poetry, creative writing, ceramics, glass blowing, metal arts, sculpture, dance, drama, songwriting, and world music.
The Orme School Photo #8 - Whether you are an experienced equestrian or a novice, all Orme students participate in our legendary Horsemanship Program. Orme Horsemanship, recently featured in Western Horseman Magazine, offers our students the full breadth of equestrian opportunities, educating even the most timid non-horse enthusiast into comfort and confidence in the saddle.
  • The Orme School is dedicated to creating the whole student mind, body and spirit.
  • A beautiful 300 acre campus is nestled within a 26,000 acre historic, working cattle ranch and 1.25M acres of National Forest land in Northern Arizona.
  • The Orme School has been offering opportunities to students for over 80 years.
  • In addition to demanding academics, Orme offers athletics, arts, horsemanship, outdoor leadership and a sense of community that is truly unique among boarding schools.
  • With an emphasis in sustainability and Southwest studies, our students gain "real world" experience grappling with the challenges of tomorrow.
  • The experiences gained at Orme last an entire lifetime. An outstanding summer camp, summer school, and specialty ESL programs complete the year-round offerings here at Orme.
  • We also host international as well as other educational and recreational groups seeking outdoor/camping excursions in a Western environment.
  • First and foremost a college preparatory school, we are proud that 100% of our graduating students are accepted to college.
  • Please call Ross Sanner to begin a conversation on how Orme's Greatness may be the best fit for your child.

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
The Orme SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered8-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19291909
Campus Size300 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment130 students300 students
% Students of Color
24%
20%
% International Students
33%
20%
% Students Boarding
95%
69%
Average SAT Score1710* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size8 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:31:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1017
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
69%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$45,900$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$11,900$30,250
Tuition international students$46,900$48,100
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant18000$23,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
70%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJessica Calmes

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1017
CoursesAP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Language and Composition, AP European History, AP Spanish, AP US History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1115
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Football, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1124
ExtracurricularsCaravan, Summer School and Camp

Club or Organization:
4-H, Equestrian Club, International Club, Latin Club, Math Club, Ski Club, Technology Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Outdoor Leadership

School Notes

  • A legacy of Excellence, Tradition and Character Since 1929
  • The Orme School has been steeped in tradition and success. From our rigorous academic program, boasting AP course offerings in all subjects, to 47 years of our amazing Fine Arts Festival, it is no wonder that The Orme School has been named one of the top 20 boarding schools in the United States http://www.thebestschools.org/features/best-boarding-schools-in-us/.
  • Thanks to a 1.5 million dollar grant from the Burpee Foundation, Orme has recently seen the addition of a large garden, a 200 tree fruit orchard, a table grape vineyard and composting operations.  Students take an active role in the cultivation of their food, as well as the preparation. All food served at Orme is grown on site or locally sourced and prepared using all natural, preservative-free ingredients. 
  • The Orme Difference
  • The center of Orme`s marque academic program is the small, intimate class size.  Typical classes do not exceed 10 students, giving each student ample opportunities to learn in an interactive, non-intimidating environment. Class buildings are spread among Orme`s 300 acre campus and include Math, Science, and Humanities buildings along with a Metal Working workshop, Glass Blowing workshop, Music classrooms and an Art Annex. Every day, Orme students also experience the expansion of their classrooms into the outdoors, whether it be Biology class studying the effects of the drought in Ash Creek or English Literature conducting a poetry reading among the shade of the fruit trees.
  • Learning does not stop at the end of the academic day for Orme students. After school students are offered a variety of activities from riding one of the 40 horses, to trying a new sport on one of our all-inclusive sports teams. For students interested in learning more diverse skills, they can take part in preparing meals in our dining facility or experience the thrill of acting on stage in our theatre club. Orme athletic facilities include: a state of the art equestrian facility with a full, lighted rodeo arena, an English arena, numerous paddocks and warm-up pens, a lighted football and soccer field, professional-grade baseball and softball fields, a competition length swimming pool, tennis courts, and an enclosed gymnamsium.
  • Experience the Southwest
  • Campus life at Orme offers unique opportunities for students to bond with one another. Each room features 1-2 beds with a shared bathroom between two rooms. The expansive campus allows for dormitories to be separated by sex, allowing privacy and creating a safe environment for all students. Weekends are filled with amazing opportunities to explore Arizona through our Culture Credit and Outdoor Learning trips. On any given weekend you can find students engaging in activities such as volunteering, skiing, attend a gallery opening, or camping. The temperate climate at Orme allows for a variety of year-round offerings. 
  • Orme is a school where students thrive and diversify, while being carefully coached along the way. Do you see yourself at Orme? Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more at our website, www.ormeschool.org
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: North Cental Accreditation, National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, Western Association of Boarding Schools, Cum Laude Society, National Honors Society
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