Orange High School
We are proud of our status as a Standard Bearer School District, and so we at Orange High School strive to design lessons that will engage all of our students as authentically as possible in their learning. We try to acknowledge the contributions not only of our Honors students, but also those students who are outstanding examples of striving for excellence, good citizenship, and service to others.
Our curriculum is challenging and we expect our students to work hard. The academic program includes courses to help students meet the requirements for college, but also contains electives intended to capture student interests and offer some possibilities for career exploration. Some of these electives are in sports medicine, computers, film, broadcasting, psychology, introduction to law, sociology, drama, ceramics and photography, and many more. Our Advanced Placement program is nationally recognized.
Special programs and extra-curriculars include a wide range of athletic activities and diverse clubs to help students grow and develop in sports and in the arts, drama, speech, debate, global consciousness and music. We have active Mock Trial, Model UN, Unity in Diversity, and SADD programs. We have 22 varsity sports, many of them with Junior Varsity and Freshman components.
Besides innovative courses in technology, we have multiple labs scattered throughout the school and a portable wireless lab. Most teachers post projects, homework, grades, and internet links on the Orange website to help students and parents. Teachers have both e-mail and voice mail. In addition to Special Education support classes, we also have Resource classes for those in need of extra help, and both writing and math labs are staffed by certified teachers most periods of the day.
We encourage experiential learning, and support our seniors in a career exploration seminar each May. Career planning is an integral component of the high school guidance curriculum. Orange has a model portfolio process. Every junior compiles his/her own electronic portfolio to be used for college visitations. Students may also elect to produce a digital portfolio as part of a Technology Applications class. Ninety-eight percent of the 2011 graduating class is continuing their education at colleges or universities.