The Orme School

5.00 (2 reviews)
1000 Orme School Road, H.C. 63, Box 3040
Mayer, AZ 86333
The Orme School Photo #1 - Three-hundred naturally-beautiful acres in the naturally socially distanced high Sonoran desert of the Southwest. The historic Orme School is an inspiring college preparatory education and life experience.
The Orme School Photo #1 - Three-hundred naturally-beautiful acres in the naturally socially distanced high Sonoran desert of the Southwest. The historic Orme School is an inspiring college preparatory education and life experience.
The Orme School Photo #2 - 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 Photo #3 - Orme's campus has been naturally socially distanced since 1929. All faculty live on campus and day student enrollment is extremely limited. An on-campus nurse ensures that student and faculty health can be monitored daily.
The Orme School Photo #4 - Our graduates are competent, confident and well positioned to meet the challenges of college and the world beyond.
The Orme School Photo #5 - Life at Orme provides positive and healthy choices within a framework and philosophy proven successful since 1929.
The Orme School Photo #6 - 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 #7 - 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 #8 - 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.
Dear Parents and Students - Despite the uncertain times brought on us by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are proud to share that The Orme School is actively providing in-person education in a safe and familiar environment for all our new and returning students. The fall semester begins September 1st and applications are still being accepted for grades 8-12. Financial Assistance is need-based and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The application process is simple and speedy. You can start by: Sending an inquiry through this website
Scheduling an in-person campus tour or a zoom call with our admissions office at

Alumni Reviews
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  • Class of 2019
    5 Stars  
    At orme still
    Well to start off the Orme school is so much different then normal boarding school. I have went to about 4 different boarding schools. When I found Orme, I knew it was going to be. . .

  • Class of 2018
    5 Stars  
    Arizona state
    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. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
The Orme SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered8-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19291907
Campus Size300 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment144 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1280* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Jeans, flannels and t shirts are common. All students observe appropriate and respectful attire.)
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio4:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Books included )
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Our rigorous and secure COVID19 education platform currently allows full-board students only. If you are interested in Orme for the 2021-2022 school year as a day-student, please contact our office at 928.632.7601.)
Tuition international students$49,500$54,500
Summer Program Cost$875
(Per week )
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$25,000
(Financial aid is need-based, and is on a first)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJessica Calmes

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1418
CoursesAP Art History, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry , AP Computer Science A , AP English Language and Composition, AP Englishness Literature and Composition , AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Physics , AP Spanish, AP Spanish Language , AP Spanish Literature , AP Statistics , AP United States Government , AP US History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2116
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Drill Team, Equestrian, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Paddle Tennis, Riding, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1423
ExtracurricularsSki Club

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Equestrian Club, Gardening Club, Girls Empowerment, Mathletes, Outdoor Leadership, Robotics Club, Summer School and Camp, Technology Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Caravan, International Club, Sustainability Club

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

    Established in 1929, The Orme School is a unique, college-preparatory, co-educational boarding and day school for grades 8 through 12 & PG.
  • An hour north of Phoenix, the Orme campus is set on a naturally socially distanced 26,000-acre cattle ranch in the high desert of Arizona set on 300 acres in rural Arizona.
  • Our mission is to develop sound character, scholastic growth, and intellectual curiosity, as well as, to enable students to succeed at the college of their choice, and in life.
  • From the academic program to residential and community life, the guiding principles of Excellence, Tradition, and Character are applied to every facet of an Orme education.
  • Our community is structured, supportive, and diverse. We awaken untapped potential, encourage inner resourcefulness, freedom of expression, integrity, respect, and accountability for self and others.
STUDENT PROFILE  Students are admitted into The Orme School as 8th graders through a Post Graduate year, forming a small, diverse, and global college-bound community. Approximately 145 students from all inhabited continents and religious and cultural backgrounds make up the student body. 17 countries, 4 Native American tribes, and 16 states were represented at Orme last year. The majority of students are United States citizens, and most of them come from the state of Arizona.ADVANCED PLACEMENT  Our challenging AP curriculum features a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and both environmental and aesthetic awareness.AP courses offered at The Orme School in recent years have included Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Physics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Studio Art, United States Government, and United States History. Students took 108 AP Exams in 16 subject areas in 2019, and 104 AP Exams in 12 subject areas in 2020.SIGNATURE PROGRAMS   Many students come for specialty programs such as Horsemanship, Sustainability, and Outdoor Education, while others come seeking a small, interactive, experiential learning environment.
  • Sustainability  Since the school`s founding, sustainability has always been at the core of life at Orme. Our beautiful 300-acre campus supports an incredibly biodiverse community of plants and wildlife, in addition to the vibrant community of people. From taking sustainability-focused courses to spending a chores period in the garden or kitchen for our Farm-to-Table program, or simply sorting food waste into the compost bins in Founders, students participate daily in a variety of opportunities that teach them how to contribute to and positively impact the environment and their community
  • Horsemanship  Students can learn to ride, take care of horses, and trail ride throughout the Orme Ranch and Prescott National Forest. Students work as cowhands on the Orme Ranch during roundups. Our Horsemanship Team participates in English and Western competitions, including Gymkhanas, Hunter/Jumper, Barrel Racing, Roping, and Team Sorting.
  • Caravan  Outdoor adventures, or Caravans, are a core tradition, building confidence, character, and leadership skills. Experiential and outdoor educational goals are achieved throughout the year with the after-school, weekend, and weeklong outdoor adventures including mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, skiing, backpacking, camping, surfing, archeological digs, and horseback riding. 
  • ATHLETICS  All students are welcome to participate in the Canyon Athletic Association (CAA) in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball. Students also enjoy Coffee Houses, recitals, and Debate, and Mathletes Teams.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • The Orme School accreditations: AdvancED 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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