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Orono Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 845 students

 

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Posted October 1, 2012

Orono was a horrible experience. I went for most of my school years, because it was hard to find a close district to open enroll in. I was bullied and the staff did nothing about it except for meet with me and tell me that it would stop. Also, the students and staff believe that Orono offers "academic excellence", but at the school I transferred to, there were much more options for AP and Honors courses. Academically, Orono is a decent school, but with the wealth and the cliques, Orono is not a school where it is easy to have positive social influences. I know that I was not the only victim, and many people who weren't star athletes or tall and thin were bullied as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2011

I believe I am a very well-rounded person thanks to my education at Orono. It is not a private school, but the curriculum helped prepare me for college. Other students at my university often ask me how I do so well even after missing lectures. I know I gained an excellent education at Orono, but I would never send my children there. In all honesty, attending Orono was a miserable experience. The student body is predominantly white, wealthy republicans, and anybody who does not fit that mold is ostracized. I feel that the students at Orono are exceptionally rude. Coming from a family with a slight ethnic background, my siblings and I dealt with many racial slurs from both students and mainly older members on staff at Orono. I know I am a very well-educated person because of Orono High School, but be cautious in choosing this school district.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2010

Great School Good programs for those with learning disabilities and gifted students. Poor facilities (old school) motivated kids (middle to high socioeconomic class) Involved Parents Lots of Extracurricular Options (Sports, Theatre, Math Club, etc) Safe (very little to no violence) Nice area. All the other Orono Schools are on the same street. Great Test Scores The main downside in my experience were there administrators. They liked having things their way and were not open to much creativity in learning or student-led opportunities. In reality, Orono is a great school because of the caliber of the students and the high level of parental involvement.


Posted March 11, 2009

Orono is an amaing school. People have said that it's really clique-y, but it really depends on the grade. The group of people that go to orono high school are creative and for the most part, very friendly. Orono has one of the best student leadership programs in the state, and the character program is exemplary. The community is very tight-knit, and although the upper class is dominant, there is not a lack of middle class. The segregations for money may have existed in the past, but there is little to no segregation for this reason now. The faculty is great, and almost all of the students get involved in the extra curriculars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2008

Those born and raised in the Orono area have found a panacea where wealthy is the norm, and the families have known each other forever. For a newcomer, this school is overwhelmingly difficult. The staff expects everyone to know how things operate, since nearly everyone has lived here their whole lives. things are not explained, and the office staff is quite unfriendly, rude and impatient when you ask questions. Cliques are rampant and it is very difficult to fit in to the many already established groups. So called 'middle class' is considered the lower class here, as most of the student body is very wealthy. ie: my child's friends have private theaters, pools, housekeepers & drive fancy cars. Academically, the school is fine..socially, a major challenge. Safety is also a concern, since in our case, the principal was apathetic at best to our concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2007

Orono is a wonderful school in a tight-knit community that cares about our kids and our neighbors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

I am the parent of a recently graduated student and a current junior at Orono HS. I am most impressed by the quality of the teaching staff (overall, there is always an exception or two) and most of all, the interaction between the students and the faculty. I have been extremely pleased with the education my children have received. If there is one drawback, it is that the small size of the school limits the number of courses that can be offered. The band program, though, is one of the finest I've ever seen...bravissimo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

I am a former student of OHS, and have been in the Orono education system k-12. Although I believe that I have gotten a sound education at Orono, I wish that I had switched schools. Orono does much bragging about its size and how that is indicative of smaller classes and more teacher-pupil interaction. This is not the case. Most of my classes had around 30 students because of the lack of teachers (some are excellent, but not enough AP/IB).My grade did not retain any transfer students because they all hated it here. The reason for this is that Orono, with its small size, is very narrow minded and organized into cliques. The rich kids hang out exclusively with the other rich kids, and all of their parents are on PTO. The first time I ever saw our principal was during graduation rehersal.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

233 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students97%
Female99%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Not migrant97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female82%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Not migrant83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

233 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

218 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students78%
Female74%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students59%
Female59%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant69%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 73%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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795 Old Crystal Bay Rd North
Long Lake, MN 55356
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