The Orme School


HC 63, Box 3040 - Mayer, AZ 86333 USA (928) 632-7601 http://www.ormeschool.org
Boarding School | Day School | Small Boarding School | Summer School | 5-Day Boarding School

Rock climbing on one of the three mesas on Orme's ranch

History

The Orme School-- In 1929, Charles H. Orme, Sr. and Minna Vrang Orme began a personal adventure that has become the history of The Orme School. They left their dairy farm in Phoenix and bought a ranch in the high desert of central Arizona. The Ormes, both graduates of Stanford University, believed in the necessity of a good education. To educate their three children and those of the ranch employees, they opened a one-room school. From those early days, an Orme education has been based on principles that guide the School today. One in particular states: The best education a child can have is one that stresses a solid academic foundation in a family setting where each student is expected to be an important, contributing member of the community.

Charles H. Orme Jr., was a product of this education. After his graduation with honors from Stanford University, where he was a member of the 1940 Rose Bowl team, the commitment to his parents' educational values led him back to become Headmaster of Orme in 1945. Under his loving care and visionary guidance, The Orme School gained a national reputation. To accommodate this growth, the physical plant and the academic program expanded to meet the new dynamics of a vastly increased enrollment. In 1962, the School was incorporated as a not-for-profit institution, and a twenty-eight-member Board of Trustees was established. Mr. Orme served as Headmaster until his retirement in 1987. His tenure of forty-two years as the academic leader of The Orme School has ensured that the values of hard work, community contribution, and personal responsibility have become a permanent part of the Orme tradition.

Overview

Region
Phoenix AZ Area
Program Emphasis
5-Day Boarding School
Boarding School
Day School
Small Boarding School
Summer School
All Grades 8-12, PG
Boarding Grades 8-12, PG
Grade Divisions
Post Graduate
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Rural
Campus Size (Acres) 360
Head of School Dr. Michael Gemma

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.ormeschool.org
Admission Application Apply to The Orme School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50
Application Deadline(s) February 15
Financial Aid Deadline(s) January 31
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 38%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT))
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $20,650.00
Boarding Student Tuition $41,400.00
International Student Tuition $42,750.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 120
Boys 63
Girls 57
% Boys/Girls 50/50
Boarding Students 100
Day Students 20
International
Canada
China
Ecuador
Germany
Kenya
Korea
Mexico
Other (Students come from 13 countries.)
Serbia
Taiwan
UK
United States
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Illinois
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Montana
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Oklahoma
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
Majority of students come from Southwest
% of Students of Color 18
% of International Students 23

Academics

Full Time Faculty 25
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 63
Student/Faculty ratio 5:1
Average Class Size 10
Special Academic Support Programs
ESL
Learning Differences
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Choir
Community Service
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Drama
Ecology
Electives
English
English as a Second Language
English Literature
Equestrian Sports
European History
Fine Arts
French
Geography
Geology
Geometry
Grammar
Health
History
Humanities
Journalism
Mathematics
Music
Outdoor Education
Photography
Physical Education
Physics
Pre-calculus
Science
Sculpture
Spanish
Statistics
World History
Writing
A.P. Courses Offered
Calculus BC
English Language
English Literature
European History
Physics B
Statistics
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 510
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 500
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Arizona State University; ; Columbia University; ; Cornell University; Michigan State University; Syracuse University; The University of Arizona; ; Willamette University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
equestrian
football
other (Rodeo)
softball
tennis
track and field
volleyball
Recreational Sports
4-H
basketball
canoe
cheer and pom
drill team
equestrian
horseback riding
mixed sports
mountain biking
outdoor club/skills
rock climbing
sand volleyball
soccer
swimming
tennis
walking
weight lifting
Extra-Curricular Activities
Choir
Chorus
Community Service Program
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
Honor Council
International Club
Key Club
Math Club
National Honor Society
Peer Tutoring
Photography Club
Recycling Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Yearbook

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  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 38%

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