Set on a 26,000 acre cattle ranch in the high desert of Arizona, The Orme School has been a leader in independent Boarding School education since 1929.
Orme's rigorous college-prepartory curriculum features 13 Advanced Placement courses and is rounded out by a variety of unique electives such as engineering, sustainability and horsemanship.
In addition, through a new partnership with Arizona State University, upper level students have the option of taking college-credit bearing Environmental Science courses as well.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked AZ School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $51,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Orme School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Arizona for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
1929

Student Body

Total Students
n/a
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 39%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
25 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
71%
Average Class Size
9 students
Number of AP Courses
14 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US Government, AP US History, AP World History
Average SAT score
1240
Average ACT score
28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
55%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$25,000
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jara Ruiz-Anchia

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Blacksmithing, Choir, Dance, Gardening, Glassblowing, Horsemanship, International Club, Orme Student Council, Photography, Piano, Theater

Club or Organization:
Math Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art

School Notes

  • A legacy of Excellence, Tradition and Character Since 1929
  • The Orme School has been steeped in tradition and success. From our rigorous academic program, boasting AP course offerings in all subjects, to 47 years of our amazing Fine Arts Festival, it is no wonder that The Orme School has been named one of the top 20 boarding schools in the United States http://www.thebestschools.org/features/best-boarding-schools-in-us/.
  • Orme life is rooted in Sustainability.  The campus is home to a large garden, a 200 tree fruit orchard, a table grape vineyard, and composting operations.  Students take an active role in the cultivation of their food, as well as the preparation. All food served at Orme is grown on-site or locally sourced and prepared using all natural, preservative-free ingredients
  • The center of Orme`s marque academic program is the small, intimate class size.  Typical classes do not exceed 10 students, giving each student ample learning opportunities in an interactive, non-intimidating environment. Class buildings are spread among Orme`s 300 acre campus and include Math, Science, and Humanities buildings along with a Metal Working workshop, Glass Blowing workshop, Music classrooms and an Art Annex. Every day, Orme students also experience the expansion of their classrooms into the outdoors, whether it be Biology class studying the effects of the drought in Ash Creek or English Literature conducting a poetry reading among the shade of the fruit trees.
  • Learning does not stop at the end of the academic day for Orme students. After school, students are offered a variety of activities, from riding one of the 40 horses, to trying a new sport on one of our all-inclusive sports teams. For students interested in learning more diverse skills, they can take part in preparing meals in our dining facility or experience the thrill of acting on stage in our theatre club. Orme athletic facilities include: a state of the art equestrian facility with a full, lighted rodeo arena, an English arena, numerous paddocks, and warm-up pens, a lighted football and soccer field, professional-grade baseball and softball fields, a competition length swimming pool, tennis courts, and an enclosed gymnasium.
  • Life at Orme offers unique opportunities for students to bond with one another. Each room features 1-2 beds with a shared bathroom between two rooms. The expansive campus allows for dormitories to be separated by sex, allowing privacy and creating a safe environment for all students. Weekends are filled with amazing opportunities to explore Arizona through our Culture Credit and Outdoor Learning trips. On any given weekend, you can find students engaging in activities such as volunteering, skiing, attend a gallery opening, or camping. The temperate climate at Orme allows for a variety of year-round offerings. 
  • Orme is a school where students thrive and diversify while being carefully coached along the way. Do you see yourself at Orme Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more at our website, www.ormeschool.org
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Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Orme School cost?

The Orme School's tuition is approximately $51,500 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of The Orme School?

The acceptance rate of The Orme School is 75%, which is lower than the national average of 89%. The Orme School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Arizona with low acceptance rates.

What sports does The Orme School offer?

The Orme School offers 16 interscholastic sports: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Weightlifting. The Orme School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Arizona for most sports offered.

What is The Orme School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for The Orme School?

The application deadline for The Orme School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked AZ School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Yearly Tuition: $51,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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