The Orme School

1000 E. Orme School Road,
Mayer, AZ 86333
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The Orme School Photo #1 - Caravan offers a unique outdoor adventure and academic program for students. Led by faculty, class-sized trips explore Southwest's stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and rich history. Camping in National Parks or wilderness, students gain outdoor skills and delve into the region's natural and human history. Caravan grants academic credits for graduation.
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The Orme School Photo #1 - Caravan offers a unique outdoor adventure and academic program for students. Led by faculty, class-sized trips explore Southwest's stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and rich history. Camping in National Parks or wilderness, students gain outdoor skills and delve into the region's natural and human history. Caravan grants academic credits for graduation.
The Orme School Photo #2 - 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 #3 - Our graduates are competent, confident and well positioned to meet the challenges of college and the world beyond.
The Orme School Photo #4 - Sustainability is not a catchphrase here at Orme. Instead, it is a commitment woven into your daily life, from Sustainability Classes to your meals.
The Orme School Photo #5 - At an elevation of 4,000 feet, The Orme School experiences all four seasons.
The Orme School Photo #6 - 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 #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 - We excel in the AZCAA Conference, winning numerous state championships. Sports options include cross-country, swimming, volleyball, basketball, track, cornhole, soccer, and horsemanship barrel racing. If team sports are not your preference, enjoy weight training, tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding, recreational swimming, and outdoor adventures.
The Orme School Photo #9 - Life at Orme provides positive and healthy choices within a framework and philosophy that has proven successful since 1929.
The Orme School Photo #10 - At The Orme School, we believe that learning extends beyond the four walls of a classroom.
Established in 1929, Arizona's premier co-ed boarding school is nestled in a breathtaking 26,000-acre working cattle ranch. Experience an authentic Western atmosphere, small class sizes, and a vibrant global community.
We prioritize character development, intellectual curiosity, and academic success.
Join us for athletics, horsemanship, arts, rigorous academics (including AP courses), outdoor adventure, and more!

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • 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

Top Rankings

The Orme School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 285 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
The Orme School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
We provide support for mild to moderate learning differences. To ensure we can meet each individual's needs, we review a learning assessment during the admissions process.
n/a
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1929
1906
Campus Size
300 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
95 students
319 students
% Students of Color
37%
25%
% International Students
40%
20%
% Students Boarding
100%
68%
Average SAT Score
1280
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
28
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Collared Shirts, Jeans, Casual
Casual
Average Class Size
9 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
18
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
71%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$2 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$51,500
(Orme School tuition includes boarding, textbooks, additional evening academic support by faculty, and most after-school activities and sports. Tuition also covers Orme’s specialty signature programs, such as Orme Games and Fine Arts Festival.)
$64,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
$35,900
Tuition international students
$51,500
$57,300
Summer Program Cost
$1,500
% Students on Financial Aid
65%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$24,000
(Financial aid is need-based)
$24,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
70%
60%
Director of Admissions
Jara Ruiz Anchia

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
18
Courses
AP 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

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
13
23
Extracurriculars
Ski Club

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

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Caravan, Sustainability Club

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • Established in 1929, The Orme School is a beacon of educational excellence for grades 8-12 and postgraduates. Our co-educational boarding school is nestled within a vast 26,000-acre working cattle ranch and features a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northern Arizona. Located at an elevation of 4,000 feet, we enjoy a temperate climate and are surrounded by iconic destinations like Phoenix, Sedona, Prescott, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon.
  • At Orme, we pride ourselves on our immersive 100% boarding model, fostering collaboration, community, and enduring friendships. We are dedicated to nurturing a diverse global community and actively promoting the development of sound character, intellectual curiosity, and scholastic growth. Our mission is to equip students with essential skills and values, preparing them for a successful journey through college and life.
  • Our Mission and Philosophy: We strive to develop sound character, scholastic growth, and intellectual curiosity, enabling students to succeed at the college of their choice and in life. From experiential academics to sports, arts, sustainability, and horsemanship programs, there's something for every student to explore at Orme. No prior proficiency is required - just a genuine desire to learn and grow.
  • Academic Rigor with Personalized Attention: At Orme, we challenge our students academically while providing personalized attention and support. We offer a range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses for students seeking advanced academic challenges. At the same time, we recognize and celebrate our students' diverse learning styles and needs. We offer comprehensive support services for students with mild to moderate learning differences, ensuring that every student has the resources and accommodations they need to succeed academically.
  • Holistic Education: We understand that education goes beyond the classroom. That's why we offer a holistic approach that encompasses academics, athletics, arts, outdoor education, sustainability, and community service. Our goal is to nurture well-rounded individuals prepared to make meaningful contributions to the world while also finding what is fulfilling for themselves.
  • Small Class Sizes and Supportive Community: With small class sizes and a close-knit community, students at Orme receive individualized support and encouragement. Our campus environment is warm, inclusive, and supportive, fostering meaningful connections between students and faculty. With students from across the globe, Orme offers an international experience where students learn from one another and celebrate cultural diversity. Our supportive community fosters friendships and connections that last a lifetime.
  • Financial Assistance: We understand that the cost of private education can be a concern for many families. That's why we offer financial assistance to help make The Orme School more accessible. 
  • Beautiful Campus and Outdoor Opportunities: Situated on a sprawling 300-acre campus amidst the stunning landscapes of Arizona, Orme offers abundant outdoor exploration and adventure opportunities. From hiking and horseback riding to gardening and sustainability initiatives, our students have the chance to connect with nature and develop a deep appreciation for the environment.
  • College Preparation and Success: Our academic and residential life program prepares students for success in college and beyond. With guidance from our college counseling team, students receive personalized support throughout the college application process, ensuring they find the best-fit institutions to pursue their academic and career goals.
  • LD types supported: We provide support for mild to moderate learning differences. To ensure we can meet each individual's needs, we review a learning assessment during the admissions process.
  • The Orme School accreditations: Cognia, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), The College Board, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Orme School cost?
The Orme School's tuition is approximately $51,500 for boarding students.
What schools are The Orme School often compared to?
The Orme Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Verde Valley School by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of The Orme School?
The acceptance rate of The Orme School is 70%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does The Orme School offer?
The Orme School offers 15 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Equestrian, Riding, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Volleyball and Wrestling.
Does The Orme School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Orme School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is The Orme School's ranking?
The Orme School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of boarding students and Low student:teacher ratio.
When is the application deadline for The Orme School?
The application deadline for The Orme School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Class of 2023
5.00
N/A
The Orme School does a unique way of teaching kids that are struggling with their schoolwork. For instance, if a student Is having a hard time keeping their grades up the school with put them. . .

Class of 2025
5.00
N/A
This school has a lot of unique activities. It truly helps showcase your talents through a lot of unique activities. . .

Class of 2024
5.00
Florida International University
The connection that faculty and students have is truly amazing at the Orme School. Orme community is very close together and super supportive.. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • 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

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