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Orono High School

Established: 1900

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Homestay Accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Spring Semester, Spring Year, Fall Semester, Fall Year

School Description

Orono High School is an elite public school located in Central Maine. The school offers all graduates the unique opportunity of automatic conditional acceptance to the neighboring University of Maine. Named a 2017-2019 top 10 school in Maine, Orono High School offers college preparatory, AP, and intensive ESL courses. Students are also able to take dual enrollment courses with the University of Maine.

Orono High School is located next to the University of Maine and shares its facilities. The campus features new state-of-the-art media and fitness centers, a planetarium, collegiate athletic fields, science labs, the largest library in the state, and a 3D printing lab. Students can take dual enrollment courses at the university. Classrooms are equipped with projectors and Smartboards. Orono High School also has a fully certified ropes course located on 30 acres of land with an outdoor education curriculum.

Over the past few years, Orono athletes have won state championships in many sports, including Baseball, Nordic Skiing, Cross Country, Soccer, and Ice Hockey.
Orono High School features a specific period during the day in which all students participate in art, music, and/or drama classes. Students can choose from unique courses such as ukulele and songwriting. In 2017-2019, Orono High School Show Choir won the State Championship.

Orono High School is listed in US News and World Report’s top 5% of high schools, and the US Niche report named the school as one of the top 10 in Maine and awarded the school an “A” rating.

Orono is located two hours from historic Portland, Maine and three hours from Boston. It is set in the pristine region of northeast New England, and students here have close access to both mountains and the ocean. Students can enjoy outdoor activities year-round such as hiking, sailing, canoeing, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Orono is only 10 minutes northeast of the metropolitan city of Bangor, which offers shopping, dining, and an international airport (BGR).


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Awards and Accomplishments Of School

Orono High School is listed in US News and World Report’s top 5% of high schools, and the US Niche report named the school as one of the top 10 in Maine and awarded the school an “A” rating.

Famous Alumni

Pete Bercich ’90 - NFL Linebacker for Minnesota Vikings
Carmen Pignatiello ’00 - MLB Pitcher for Chicago Cubs
Bryan Rekar ’90 - MLB Pitcher for Kansas City Royals
Eric Steinbach ’98 - NFL Offensive Guard for Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns
Lesley Kompare ’05 - Programmer and artist, crucial in helping bring women into the Chicago tech scene and revolutionized the way we use icons
Christopher Pelech ’11 - Programmer, played a large part in bringing C++ into the current tech world of Chicago

  • 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 70 acres Campus Size
  • 5% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
French Immersion
Speciality Programs
Students can take classes at UMaine and receive high school and college credit
Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country Running, Football, Football, Golf, Hockey, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Skiing, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Whitewater Canoeing, Wrestling
Art, Drawing, Graphic Design, Multimedia, Musical Theater, Painting, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater
Band, Choir, Choir - Concert, Chorus, Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Music Theory, Orchestra, Show Choir, Show Choir, Song Writing, Ukulele
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Programming, Data Management, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Government and Politics, Human Geography, Physics 1, Physics C: Mechanics, US History, World History
French, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Art Club, Chess Club, Environmental Science Club, French Club, Global United Nations, Key Club, Math Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper Club, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate, Strings, Student Ambassadors, Student Life Committee, Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Blade Challenge
Accepting Students in Grades
9, 10, 11, 12
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Minimum
TOEFL Minimum
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Students can qualify for a scholarship up to $8,000! The scholarship is based on: -Need -Academic promise (grades and English) -Diversity (we're always trying to bring in students from under-represented countries) -Special talents and interests

Real Stories from Real Students:

From Denmark, class of 2015: Orono High has helped me develop a greater network of both friends and adults that I'll remember for life. The school spirit is amazing and playing sports here has been the biggest thing in my life. I took a year here to do something that I'd remember forever and I truly will remember this.

Louis Hansen

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