Our Mission and Vision


Established in 1929, The Orme School is a unique, college-preparatory, co-educational boarding school for grades 8 through 12, set on 300 acres in rural Arizona. Orme takes a whole-child approach to our mission, which is to develop sound character, scholastic growth, and intellectual curiosity, as well as enable students to succeed at the college of their choice, and in life. Our community is structured, supportive, and diverse. We awaken untapped potential, encourage inner resourcefulness, integrity, respect and accountability for self and others. Our challenging curriculum features a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and both environmental and aesthetic awareness. From the academic and afterschool programs to residential and community life, the guiding principles of Excellence, Tradition, and Character are applied to every facet of an Orme education.

Vision Statement

The Orme School graduates educated, well-rounded individuals. We believe that education is not only a solitary activity, but also that long-lasting and meaningful learning occurs best within the framework of a supportive family-like environment. At Orme, a student’s roommate and suite mates, faculty adviser, and teachers become immediate family. Orme students are challenged through a demanding academic program, team and individual sports, including horsemanship, and the rigor and fulfillment of living in a small, intimate community. Our graduates are competent, confident and well positioned to meet the challenges of college and the world beyond.

The School is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis of age 40 and over, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law.