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Points of Pride

2022-23 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 fall of each year.

Orono Schools Points of Pride

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 2024 has three National Merit Semifinalists: Jack Eugster, Emily Middleton, and Walter Royal; and five National Merit Commended Scholars: Leah Barry, Dexter Benson, Spencer Bowe, Alexander Engle, and Joseph Mariani. 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.

4 AP School Honor Roll

Orono High School has earned a place on the Advanced Placement (AP) School Honor Roll at the Platinum (highest) level based on student achievement during the 2022-23 school year. The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools that have done outstanding work to welcome more students into AP courses and support them on their path to college success.

5 AP Exams with a Score of 3 or Higher

In 2023, 421 students took 810 AP exams. 79% of AP exams taken resulted in a score of 3 or higher. 86% of the Class of 2023 completed at least one AP course with 66% taking and passing at least one AP exam. 

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.

99 Faculty Master's Degrees

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

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.

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.