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Orono Schools is a special place to be!

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Orono Schools. Deciding where to send your child(ren) to school is one of the most important decisions you make as parents. We’re honored that you are considering Orono. As you look through our website, we’re certain you, too, will find our district to be a special place.

A District That’s Small in Size, Big in Achievement

Our uniqueness begins with a single campus setting, nestled against 2,000 feet of lakeshore. But the connectedness we enjoy goes far beyond facilities and a serene natural setting. Our schools are a vital part of the communities we serve and we enjoy tremendous support from the residents of these communities.


Our teachers are committed to individualizing instruction for each learner. This personalization can take many forms, such as differentiation, formative assessment or intervention. Armed with data analysis skills, assisted by technology and supported by their Professional Learning Communities, our teachers are motivating students to new levels of achievement.

By all measures, our students perform exceptionally well academically. They surpass their counterparts on the state and national levels. Year in and year out, Orono students place among the highest-performing students in both public and private schools.

Over the years, Orono has been distinguished with multiple national awards. Orono High School was one of only two Minnesota High Schools to be distinguished on all four “best of” lists: America’s Top High Schools (Newsweek), Top High Schools (The Daily Beast), America’s Most Challenging High Schools (The Washington Post) and Best High Schools/Gold Medal (U.S. News & World Report). In addition, the district was named a National District of Character by the Character Education Partnership.

Outside of the school day, our students have many opportunities to participate in athletics and academic enrichment activities either through school programs or the district’s expansive Community Education department.

Character Education: An Experience Unique to Orono

In Orono, we recognize that academics and co-curricular activities are only part of “the package.” To help each student realize his/her full potential, Orono sets itself apart from nearly all other Minnesota public school systems with its award-winning character education program (Preschool through grade 12). The District has been recognized as a Minnesota District of Character and a National District of Character. In addition, Orono Schumann Elementary, Orono Middle School and Orono High School have all been honored individually with state and national character awards. Learn more about our program here.

The district is committed to accuracy and transparency in financial management and has earned the ASBO “Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting” for several consecutive years.

Our Facilities are convenient, secure and energy efficient

The central campus is home to Orono Schumann Elementary, Orono Intermediate School, Orono Middle School and Orono High School. In 2014, the district earned the prestigious Energy Star Partner distinction.

OMS_webAlso located on the central campus is the beautiful Orono Activities Center opened in 2019 (community memberships available), a swimming pool and the Oliver Grieb Abbott Environmental Learning Center, which includes the Orono Rotary Learning Pavilion for outdoor science and environmental education classes. The Orono Ice Arena is also located on the central campus.

Pesonen stadium, multiple tennis courts, four campus gymnasiums, two auditoriums and ample fields for football, soccer, baseball, softball and other outdoor activities provide the setting for athletic and academic co-curricular activities.

The District also provides a community center, the Discovery Center, on its auxiliary campus in Maple Plain. The Discovery Center is home to a wide variety of programs and activities for all ages, from Preschool to senior citizens.

Please take a look for yourself

Thank you for your interest in Orono Schools. If there is any way in which we can help you with this important decision, please contact our schools with your questions and/or to provide you with a personal tour of this special place.

Click the link below for additional information about our District. For a packet of printed materials, please send your name and address to Lyssa Campbell, Director of Communications, at

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