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495 East Scripps Road
Orion Township, MI 48360

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3 stars
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July 30, 2012
i went to this high school. best atmosphere, teachers care about students. the new program that helps bring things out in the open. it help show what others think and helps us work together. I just graduated and this school will help your student succeed. the school is outstanding, and cracks down hard on those who dont follow the ruls. i felt safe in the school 24/7. very talented teachers and students. thy ar trying to stop the suicide rates. and little by little thy ar working.

- submitted by a student
June 06, 2012
Lake Orion High School has surprising reviews, though a number are from parents, so obviously they wouldn't expect there to be negative things. As a current student, I can tell you that the school is insensitive and horrible. Students have no clue about anything outside their own little bubble-- especially other cultures-- and constantly try to cause issues with one another. Staff tries to push a no-bullying, anti-suicide agenda(since Lake Orion has the highest suicide rate in the area), but they seem to utterly fail. Students will report being bullied, only to see the bullies get a mere warning; teachers will completely ignore someone being out-and-out harassed in their class; assemblies will be held about suicide then will be completely forgotten about within a week-- even if staff claims they won't let the point of the assembly "slip under the rug." There really isn't any learning, just teachers having students regurgitate what they've been told onto tests-- half the teachers don't even understand the subject they teach, it appears. If you're considering sending your child here, I'd just forget about it. LOHS is horrible.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2011
My daughter attended this school from 2004 - 2007 and she did well with the block system (I think that's what it was called), where the different classes have same subjects that are applied to math, english, science so it seems to reinforce the topic. The teachers were easily accessed by email so if she had questions after the school day she could get it answered that afternoon/evening instead of calling her friends to possibly end up with the wrong directions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2010
Large, beautiful building, excellent teachers. It's a very diverse community and kids can express who they are. If you have a child who wants to be academically successful, they have tons of AP classes and anything is possible, from academics, to state of the art sports facilities, and arts and music programs. Love this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Because of the family oriented, caring community atmosphere.

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February 24, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 03, 2009
What a beautiful school! From the the fantastic staff, teachers, students and parents, could couldn't ask for a more supportive community. Even though the school is very large, it has a small town feel about it. Everyone knows everyone else. A+!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Huge supportive community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 13, 2009
I resently graduated from Lake Orion Option High school. I also went to Lake Orion High school. I went to Option the last two turms of my senior year, and I went to the high school from freshman year on. I do believe that Lake Orion is a good place to learn. From my experience at Lake Orion, they have many good teachers. They try to make the classes fun so that the kids enjoy the classes. The teacher interact with there kids. I do think if you have to chose what school to send them to it is lake orion because I no for a fast they will get a good education.

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March 16, 2009
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September 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
I transferred to LOHS in my junior year and graduated 2 years ago. I was happy with the education and the friendliness of my counselor and my teachers but the school is far from perfect. Here's a few things that I believe the school could improve on: First, this school is extremely culturally un-diverse. Students seriously lack any understanding of other cultures and fail to appreciate diversity. While I was there, the school did a few things to promote diversity but just on a very superficial level. Second, don't expect your kids go to Ivies graduating from this high school. The school had fewer AP programs than its counterparts in surrounding districts. I did find out about their dual-enrollment program

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January 15, 2008
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December 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2007
I had an incident with my youngest daughter at LOHS that was somewhat concerning, and not one-sided. I believe the principal, Mr. Todd Dunckley, and his staff handled the situation with unexpected professionalism. I was especially impressed with the principal's leadership, neutrality, ability to assess the situation, and offer positive recommendations and next steps for both sides. His personal attention to the matter quickly and successfully resolved what could have potentially turned into a very negative situation.

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September 15, 2007
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July 25, 2007
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May 29, 2007
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March 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 04, 2007
i am a current student of LOHS. i am here to say that i love the HS, i do not agree with some of the programs offered but nothings perfect. i beleive that no other school can prepare their students any better than LOHS can, its real. It can be cold and stress full like no other but what do you think the real world is like? its not all about fuzzy bunnies and coloring.not all people are nice.kids need to know how to take care of themselves. anyways lake orion really puts it out there to make their students get the best education and help with their/my future. and no teachers 'stalk' students or girls. i know i go out into the world next year with my head up, i know i am prepared, thanks to LOHS.

- submitted by a student
May 10, 2006
Lake Orion is one of the best schools in the area. Many of the teachers are highly educated, several have masters degrees. There is a very high focus on college prep here. Students are prepared and classes geared toward their college golas. There is a great learning program available after sophmore year where students can learn a career such as pharmacy tech, chef, electronics and many others to get them on their feet running. Great support from staff. Clean, safe environment. Wonderful small town atmosphere. If you are moving to the area, you can't do better than Lake Orion Schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
I must say that I was very surprised when I read the reviews about LOHS. I recently graduated, and I enjoyed every year of high school. I am now a student at MSU and if there is one thing I have learned, its that I attended an excellent high school. Many other students here I feel do not have the education I have. LOHS provided excellent extracurricular activities, and the teachers were wonderful. My coaches and instructers were very understanding, allowing me to participate in multiple activities and still maintain a high GPA. I found help whenever I needed it, and felt safe at school. The school is large, but it only takes a few days to learn the pattern and figure out how to get around. Some of the front office staff is unfriendly, but others are highly cooperative. In the future I would want my children to attend.

- submitted by a former student
March 22, 2006
I'm really suprised by the comments that were left about Lake Orion. I'm a senior at the high school and I have enjoyed all four years there. I haven't seen a majority of the things that others were complaining about occur in the school. The teachers and office staff are great, and those of you that talked about the school size are obviously just looking for reasons to complain. It needs to be big considering the amount of students that are attending the school. The extracurricular activities are great, and I love having a wide variety of classes to choose from. LOHS has been a great school for me, and I would love have my kids attend it someday.

- submitted by a student
March 06, 2006
I was very surprised to read the responses about the High School. My daughter graduated in 1999 and I currently have a nineth grader. I have been very happy with the school. The block scheduling is a big plus. The teachers are very responsive, even when ed-line is being replaced. It is the districts responcibility to make sure our children are offered every advantage educationally and I think that the school does a fine job. The extra curricular activities my children have participated in have been relatively fair. There are a lot of children to accomodate and they each excel in different things. I think the school is one to be proud of.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2005
LOHS really isn't that great. Some of the academic programs are ok but not the best. The principal is really out of touch with the students. Football players sadly get special treatment and the head football coach is an assistant principal who really doesn't know anything at all. Yes, it is easy to sneak in too even with the cameras they added it's sad that LOHS is like this when it has so much potential but this school is really bad, I really wish that LOHS could live up to its potential but it really doesn't.

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December 11, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 10, 2005
Our family is relocating to Northern Oakland. Rochester, Clarkston, and Lake Orion are the school districts selected. After several visits, LOHS failed in providing us with a warm and friendly welcome. The front office is located at the other end of the entrance which could be a safety concern. Receptionist didn t smile. The second visit we were able to walk by the security. There were no friendly good mornings. Went to the career center she was on the phone and sensed we caught her on a bad day. We left without getting answers. The counseling office greeted us with a hello how I can help you. The purpose of our visit was to see the day to day operations and the environment for our children. The comparison of the MEAP along with other data and parent/student comments have lead us to purchase a home in the Rochester Adams school district.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
Warning to parents, LOHS is not a caring and nurturing environment for your children. We have decided to give up and move to Clarkston Schools! The high school is out of control. Kids who have broken into the school have not been prosecuted (this would be a black mark against LOHS). The principal makes you feel as if you are the only one with a complaint. His reaction is like this is the first he has heard of it. He does nothing to get at the truth. Now I understand why other parents don't come forth. Football player and the coach get away with being bullies. If you don't go along with the program (their way) your OUT! I worry about the safety of our children. My husband had enough of the lies so we will be leaving. The service learning program is lost along with my sons hours.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2005
The quality of academic programs at LOHS are considered good. Students have too many choices the school is too big and does not offer you a sense you feel welcomed. The extracurricular activities are available but not needed at the high school should be focused at the lower levels. I agree with the others who say Football players have different rules. This is well known in Lake Orion after all Football brings in money and thats what its all about in Lake Orion schools the money not the kids. Parent involvement could be improved if they would have friendly people working in the career center. I agree with the others on this posting the person who handles the internships and service learning was rude to my children. She wears another face when I go in to talk. This all goes along with the lack of leadership at LOHS.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
I have one son at Waldon and one at the HS. We've been in this district for 10 years. Although I was greatly dissatisfied with the redistricting that took place several years ago sending my children into an assortment of changes we weren't prepared for, we've been happy at the elementary and MS level. However, something needs to be done at the HS. I worked as a sub teacher at the HS on many occasions-sometimes for 3-4 weeks at a time for 3 years. NEVER met the principle. Didn't even know if it was male or female. Strange isn't it? Also was sickened by several male teachers that 'stalk' anything in a skirt. Would be a little concerned for daughters attending here. Teachers turn a blind eye to suspicious behavior. Many seem to do this out of fear of retaliation from students. Discipline for very minor infractions but not the biggies.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
I'm concerned about the behavior at the HS. There alot of good students that have become discouraged and lost among the many more 'difficult' (at least by the parent's and some staff members opinion)ones who 'run' the school with there bullying, arrogance, and ruthless behavior. Teachers, staff, and most importantly the principle do nothing to stop it. Probably because those causing the problem for most students are the the 'successful' athletes. They've become a huge problem to the rest of the students. I know of several good students who have had to have counceling and therapy as they were fearful each day they had to go to school. Alot of angry students here. Much animosity and tension as well. This should not be the environment at a HS. My children just basically struggle to get by here but hate it for its lack of discipline toward threatening students.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2005
As a past graduate and Football player at LOHS I would agree there's been incidents that were over looked and we were not called on. That is just the way it is at LOHS. It's all about Football. Get use to it. Teachers are cool. The principal leadership is thumbs down. Discipline is different for us. You can go anywhere in the building most of the day and night there is no safety.

- submitted by a former student
October 30, 2005
Lake Orion has a variety of academic programs offered to our children. My son likes his teachers and classes. The high school has extracurricular activities to offer but most of the students will not stay at the high school any longer then needed. Parents are not happy in the way the leadership favors the football players. It is common knowledge you get extra privledges if you are in football. The front office staff gives you an unwelcomed feeling. Next you try and offer some help in the career center (I previously worked at a college)and your blown away by the 'I don't really care attitude'. You would think they would have friendly people working at the front desk and career center.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2005
I've had three children attending the high school under the current principal. My children don't even know him. If there is a problem he tells you what you want to hear and doesn't follow up! no results. No leadership at lake orion high school! there is not a quality leader to mentor the teachers. There are extracurricular activities but my kids are too busy with sports. Parent involvement is not encouraged. Parent input has not happened under the current administration. There is a perception that it is his way or no way. We have a full time officer there that does nothing for the students. No involvement. He is there just to protect the football players from getting in trouble. The safety and discipline needs an overhall. Teachers are great! i agree with the others the school is too big and not a friendly visit.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
My experience with LO high school so far has not been pleasant. I find the school very large and the atmosphere is cold.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
My daughter has just started going to Lake Orion High School, and she is already having problems. It isn't with her teachers, it is with the principals, and councelors. She needs her schedule changed and no one is ever there to help her. None of the principals will help her. I do not like this school already- just because of this. I mean the Staff must not have very good leadership skills.

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May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 23, 2004
I am a graduate of L.O., Class of 2002, and I must agree 100% that this school is far overcrowded and not culturally diverse. I relocated with my family, and I did not enjoy the education I recieved at Lake Orion whatsoever. It is appalling that in such an affluent school district, the students acted more like one would percieve a student to act in the heart of Detroit, I have been taught more efficiently and properly elsewhere, and I am thoroughly enraged at how discipline is rendered. If a student in an elementary school can have the county sherrifs called to take him home for standing up to a bully, I find that pathetic. Also, a school this affluent should have no reason to employ campus police. Why do they? To keep up the appearance of their 'Blue-Ribbon' prize-winning school, rewarded for its archetecture and lack of student intelligence.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
This school has great facilities and is an athletes paradise, but lacks in diversity and space. 2,000+ students is way too many for one building.

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Lake Orion Community High School
495 East Scripps Road, Orion Township, MI  48360
(248) 693-5420
Last modified Lake Orion Community High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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