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Points of Pride

In addition to individual student achievements in academics, arts, activities and athletics, the district is proud to share the following points of pride. Please look for updates in September of each year. 

2021-22 Points of Pride

21-22 Points of Pride

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Proud of Our Students and Staff! Grateful to Our Community.

1 U.S. News Best High Schools

For the third consecutive year, OHS ranked #1 among traditional high schools and #4 overall in Minnesota. The high school has also been named a top STEM high school in previous years.

2 National Merit Scholarship Program

The Class of 2023 has four National Merit Semifinalists: Zara Coakley, Eli Hamer, Rylan Hunt, and Michael Rascher; and five National Merit Commended Scholars: Angus Muldoon, Roxanne Neset, Brock Peyton, Rachel Pusch and Caleb Vaughan. You can review National Merit stats in the OHS Profile.

3 ACT Average

87% of seniors take the ACT (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science) as one measure of college readiness. For the Class of 2022, the average of the Top 100 scores was 29.3. Learn more ACT stats in the OHS Profile.

5 AP Exams with a Score of 3 or Higher

In 2022, 388 students took 772 AP exams. 83% of AP exams taken resulted in a score of 3 or higher. 65% of the Class of 2022 took and passed at least one AP exam. 

5 Sun Readers' Choice Award - Orono High School

In 2021 and 2022, the readers of the Wayzata Sun newspaper selected Orono High School as the Best Public School. In 2021, Dr. Steiner and Ms. Sarah Cole were selected as Best Principal and Best Teacher, respectively.

6 Faculty Master's Degrees

Our faculty and staff make professional development a priority and model the value of lifelong learning.

7 National School of Character

The district is committed to weaving the principles of character into the fabric of student life. Visit the Character webpage to learn more.

8 ASBO Certificate in Financial Reporting

The Association of School Business Officials International has recognized Orono for Excellence in Financial Reporting for several consecutive years.

9 Energy Star Partner

Orono Schools has made it a priority to reduce energy use, manage peak demand, save money, and contribute to the nation’s clean energy future. Commitment to renewable, solar energy has been part of Orono Schools' expense-management plan for years.

Community Survey - Property Values

According to a fall 2021 community survey of our residents, 96% believe Orono Schools increase property values in the community. 

Community Survey - Quality Excellent or Good

According to a fall 2021 community survey of our residents, 94% rate the quality of Orono Schools as excellent or good. 

Community Survey - Value for Investment

According to a fall 2021 community survey of our residents, 94% believe they receive a good value for their investment in our schools.