Updated: Anonymous Donor Steps Up For Orange High School

20140519_115505An anonymous donation will soon make a difference for the students who use the intervention study center at Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS).

The school’s intervention specialists recently applied for a $10,000 NBC4i Make A Difference School Grant to fund technology for reading instruction — laptops and notebooks — for the intervention center. On average, classes of more than 10 students at the center have to share among just four workable laptop computers.

The application was chosen as a finalist for the NBC4i grant but, in the end, OOHS was not selected as the winning school.

The disappointment was short-lived, however, thanks to an anonymous donation. NBC4i contacted OOHS May 19 to advise that, as a runner-up to the NBC4i Making a Difference Grant, the school would receive a $10,000 check from a private donor.

“We are thrilled that this anonymous donor felt it in their heart to provide this much-needed funding,” OOHS Assistant Principal Karen Sedoti said. “Orange High School is very grateful.”


The formerly anonymous donor who provided Orange High School with $10,000 through the NBC4 Make a Difference Grant has been revealed! The generous individual is Mae McCorkle, of Genoa Township. Her son, Bill, attended the May 22 Olentangy Board of Education meeting where he accepted a gift on behalf of his mother from OHS Principal Todd Meyer and Assistant Principal Karen Sedoti.

Olentangy Earns High Marks from National Media

IMG_4141The US News & World Report has released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the nation and once again Olentangy’s high schools are ranked among the best. In fact, the report ranks the district’s three high schools as the first, second and fourth best among central Ohio high schools and within the top 10 best high schools statewide.

The report analyzed achievement data from more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states.  The rankings compare categories including student-to-teacher ratios, college readiness, as well as math and reading proficiency. U.S. News & World Report determined its college-readiness scores by examining the percentage of seniors who took and passed Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The math and reading proficiency scores reflect student performance on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).

Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) is ranked first in central Ohio and fifth in the state in this year’s report. It earned the 175th best high school in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 65.7 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.2 out of 5.

Olentangy High School (OHS) is ranked second in central Ohio and seventh in the state. It earned the 181st spot in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 65.1, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.1 out of 5.

Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) is ranked fourth in central Ohio and ninth in the state. It earned the 208th best high school in the nation title, with a college-readiness score of 63.2 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.1 out of 5.

Washington Post.webThe report comes just days after the Washington Post released its 2014 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” All three Olentangy high schools received the highest scores in central Ohio and ranked within the best in the state on that list, too.

According to the Challenge Index, Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) ranked third in central Ohio, sixth in the state and 285th in the nation. Olentangy Liberty High School ranked fourth in central Ohio, eighth in the state and 297th in the nation. Olentangy High School ranked sixth in central Ohio, 15th in the state and 489th in the nation.

The Washington Post ranks schools based upon Challenge Index scores.  The index is calculated by taking the total number of college-level tests (such as Advanced Placement exams) given at a school and dividing that by the number of graduates for that particular year.

Congratulations to all three high schools!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences will take place on Tuesday, February 25  and Thursday, March 6 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Conferences are scheduled in twenty-minute time slots, with the last conference starting at 7:00 p.m.   Please read the instructions below BEFORE you start scheduling.  You can begin scheduling conferences online today by clicking HERE.
1)  Select Orange High School.  If the message “Record in Use” appears this means another person is also trying to access the scheduling information, please try again.  This may take a number of attempts.  Please be patient.
2)  Next select the teacher you would like to conference with.  Click the box for a drop down list of teachers.  Choose the teacher you would like to have a conference with. Click continue.  The list of available conference days and times will be shown.  Click the square of the date and time you would like to meet with this teacher.  You will then be prompted to fill in your information to reserve the time slot. CLICK CONFIRM.
3)  A “Thank you” screen will appear.   PLEASE PRINT THIS SCREEN AS YOUR CONFIRMATION. You will need to do this for each conference you schedule.
4)  If you need to schedule another conference, click the “Start Over” button, and repeat the process for another teacher.  If you are finished choose the “Exit” button.

Orange High School Theater Group Goes on the Road

  • The Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) student thespians visited Orange Township Hall recently to entertain members of a local senior citizen group. The students performed a scene from their fall play, Arabian Nights, for members of the Olentangy Area Seniors  Nov. 13 during a visit to the hall, 1680 E. Orange Road. The actors brought scenes and costumes to perform an act from their play as entertainment for the senior group following thier regular meeting and luncheon. Performances such as these allow students engaged in the dramatic and theatrical arts to connect to other disciplines and groups.