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New Mission Statement Approved by Orme's Board of Trustees

Established in 1929, The Orme School is a uniquely distinctive, college-preparatory, co-educational boarding school for grades 8 through 12, set on 300 acres in rural Arizona. Our primary mission is to develop sound character, scholastic growth, and intellectual curiosity, so students can succeed at the college of their choice, as well as in life.
Orme’s close community is structured, supportive, and diverse. We emphasize the awakening of untapped potential, development of inner resourcefulness, self-respect, integrity, respect for others, and personal responsibility in our students' everyday lives.
Our challenging curriculum features a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on learning and both environmental and aesthetic awareness.
From the academic program to residential and community life, the guiding principles of Excellence, Tradition, and Character are applied to every facet of an Orme education.

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Orme School traces its roots back to 1929 when, because of the remoteness of their ranch, the Orme Family established a small school for their three children and the children of their ranch employees. Many friends of the Orme Family began to send their children to share in the wholesome outdoor life and academic program. The School gradually expanded and facilities were added and improved, but the sense of family has always been carefully preserved.