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Curriculum (9-12)

Orono offers a rigorous comprehensive curriculum, with departmental requirements that provide students with a firm foundation as they move on to college or career.  Orono requires students to earn 24 credits in four years to graduate.

Orono offers 21 AP courses (including the AP Capstone Diploma Program), 13 honors/enriched/accelerated courses and 7 College in the Schools courses. In 2021, 450 students took 899 AP exams, achieving the overall pass rate of 79 percent. The total number of AP Scholars (all four levels) at the end of 2020 was 172.

Enriched Courses, Advanced Placement and Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

OHS has a vibrant advanced learning program for students seeking a challenge. OHS offers 13 enriched courses and more than 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including Seminar and Research, the two courses required to earn the AP Capstone Diploma. More than 70 percent of OHS students complete an AP course and pass the exam as part of their high school journey. 

Four Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses give students the chance to explore engineering topics and hands-on projects with the potential to earn college credit. 

Options within Core Courses

English, math, science and social studies are not “one size fits all” in Orono. The Course Catalog outlines a myriad of choices and rigor as students move through grades 9-12.

Blended Course Offerings

OHS is proud to offer a selection of courses that offer a blend of structured class time and flexible learning time. Students will work closely with their instructor, independently and collaboratively in small groups. Students help set the path, place and pace of their learning to build the self-discipline, resilience and independence required for college and career settings.

Media Center

Students may come to the media center before, during, and after school to check out books, work on class projects, or receive assistance from Media Center staff. We invite you to learn more about the OHS Media Center Remodel that resulted in more collaborative learning spaces, flexible classroom space, and space-saving book storage.

Visit the OHS Media Center Website

Senior Spartan Experience 

This culminating career-development project gives seniors an interactive learning experience that connects high school learning to post-secondary aspirations.

Contact

Dr. Amy Steiner
Principal
952-449-8400
amy.steiner@orono.k12.mn.us

Dr. Aaron Ruhland
Executive Director of Learning & Accountability
952-449-8329
aaron.ruhland@orono.k12.mn.us

High School Curriculum

All middle school curriculum, assignments, etc. are available on classroom teachers' Schoology pages and fully accessible to parents. Please contact technology@orono.k12.mn.us if you need assistance logging in. The district honors parent choice. If you have questions about curriculum, please contact your child's classroom teacher.


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Course Catalog

You can learn more about all the courses offered at Orono High School through the Course Catalog and Registration Guide.

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School Counselors

Orono High School's School Counselors assist students with course planning to explore interests and stay on track for graduation.