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Tradition. Excellence. Character.

Welcome from the Head of School

As you and your family begin the process of considering an independent boarding school education, I am excited that you have visited our website. It will introduce you to The Orme School, but I also very much hope you will take an additional step and visit our campus to learn how unique and distinctive we are. I look forward to meeting you personally and talking to you about your hopes, dreams and aspirations.

An Orme education is unlike any other. In its beautiful location, which averages 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix and is only an hour north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, The Orme School is an oasis for those who are drawn to our guiding principles of Excellence, Tradition, and Character. Our 300 acre campus is surrounded by a considerably larger cattle ranch and 1.25 million acres of the Prescott National Forest.

Students take part in traditional academically challenging programs including AP courses, while participating in exceptional outdoor educational opportunities designed to build confidence and a sense of community that reflect the historic roots of the western ranch school. Students round out their classroom learning by participating in cutting edge sustainability practices, competing in a variety of team sports including our recent State Championship football and basketball teams, soccer, rodeo competitions, and learning to ride, swim, climb and hike on our spacious campus and ranch.

Weekends are filled with creating fun activities on campus and exploring unique off-campus attractions including camping, skiing, cultural excursions, community service events, and shopping trips. Multi-day Caravan expeditions throughout the American Southwest and a week-long Fine Arts Festival have, for decades, provided additional transformative experiences making Orme one of the most unique college preparatory boarding schools in the nation.
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The Orme Promise is like no other. Our team’s attention to our students is unique and never wavering. Our goal is to support and challenge students to be ready to face and conquer their dreams and aspirations in this very complex and challenging world. Not only will our Admissions team be here to support you, we have alumni, traveling admissions representatives and current families around the country ready to speak with you about the Orme Promise.

The Orme School provides students an opportunity to live with and to learn from a bright and engaging faculty who have chosen to teach here because of the strong connections and relationships they create with students. Orme will also provide the chance to meet students from a wide variety of backgrounds, races, and cultures. You will be amazed how diverse Orme students are, and how accepting they are of each other.

If you attend Orme, we will push you, extend you, and challenge you in ways you have never experienced. Your teachers and coaches will ask a lot of you; your advisor will encourage you to make deep and enduring commitments to yourself, others, the school, and the world beyond. We are convinced that young men and women develop self-reliance and leadership skills when they explore new challenges and set ambitious goals. If you take on the Orme opportunity, you will embark on a life changing adventure.

We want your family to become a part of ours. We want you, as a student, to join a long list of distinguished leaders who have left the gates of Orme. Let us know when you are ready to saddle-up!

Bruce Sanborn
Head of School

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