School Details

Orange County High School

201 Selma Road, Orange, VA 22960
(540) 661-4300

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1485 students 19 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orange County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Orange County High School is a public high school in Orange. The principal of Orange County High School is Doug Duncan. 1,485 students go to Orange County High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 28% of the 1,485 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Orange County High School is 19:1. Woodberry Forest School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 74%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 19%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1.0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    You all complain too much. The AP program is great and if your child puts in enough effort he'll be at the top of food chain easily. That's the joy of a not-the-best school. Your child will be recognized as an individual by the teachers because of the small class sizes and long-block schedule. I agree the school is less-well-off than many others but that's no excuse to not challenge yourself to learn the material. If you're just going to school to be spoon-fed the material by the teacher and not putting in any effort to understand the material and its applications in life then maybe you deserve to be failing. Your child will NOT be prepared for life if they sit idle in class and merely get through the day. They must apply themselves like at any academic institution. Yes it's difficult because in this modern age a child must present himself perfectly in-front of his peers or else he might face social repercussions. He must adapt to his surroundings just like he'll have to do in the real world. I'm glad Orange County High School taught me this valuable skill. I was accepted to Virginia Tech but I chose to commute to U. Mary Washington. Freshman. Thank you Orange!

  • (3 years ago)

    OCHS has also been a nightmare for my family as well. Because my daughter is Special Education on an IEP we cannot place her in a private school. My child's Special Education Co-ordinator is also a teacher and has followed my daughter for two years. For some reason this co-ordinator cannot remember my daughter's name or that she is not capable of obtaining a standard diploma. The school is so crowded that my daughter could not be placed in a 4th block class so she sits in the guidance office for two hours after the 1 hour unsupervised lunch. The rating says there are 19 students to a teacher but this is not correct. There are many more students in a class on average than is being reported. This is the only high school in Orange County and some kids like my own must ride the bus for an hour or more each way to and from school. There is little to no communication from teachers and it is impossible to make contact during the day with a live person. If I had it to do over knowing then what I know now I would have purchased a house in a different county just so that I would not have to deal with OCHS.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is overcrowded underfunded and an absolute nightmare. Staff does not care about the kids they are quick to fail them and the special education department is a confused mess. I have heard many complaints from staff that there is just not enough faculty to match the kids. The kids are stuck in 2 hour blocks with 4 classes a day and unsupervised at their lunch time. Communication from the teachers is non-existent.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an underfunded school with sub par educational materials too little in the way of technology and high teacher to student ratios. The community is not youth friendly and has very little for the youth to do so they have to drive an hour to go to a decent park or go to the movies.

  • (5 years ago)

    The past comments I feel lack the truth besides the one posted on March 2008. Compared to several other high schools OCHS is a mediocre school with sub-par standards. Their advanced courses should not even be called 'advanced'. The teachers provide no challenge whatsoever and the material barely prepares us for the AP exam. There are only a handful of teachers that I feel are really amazing and I wish they would go to another school. They deserve better. The governor school program likewise is a joke. In a single class there are only 3 or 4 students who really work hard. The rest out of 15... not even half as much. If the undeserving can make it in I highly doubt its standards. Also other high schools provide about twice as many course opportunities than Orange. Academically your student will more than likely suffer if they attend this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Orange County High School (OCHS) is a strong academic environment with gifted teachers a multitude of programs for students of all academic abilities and a caring and invested staff who work for the best interests of the students. In a small community such as Orange County the schools play an important role in both the education of the youth and as the center for county activities. OCHS is a shining star among the high schools in this area of the state. Students who truly seek to challenge themselves and take advantage of the numerous opportunites to gain from their instruction are highly successful once they leave high school and move on to college.

  • (6 years ago)

    Orange County High School did not prepare me for college. This can be see by how many of the graduates who went to college ended up dropping out of college.

  • (8 years ago)

    Orange County High School contains great academic programs including Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's which I do infact participate in. There is a variety of teachers with differing personalities who master in the techinique of their subject to teach. As a sophmore at OCHS I try to charish every moment I have not only with friends and learning but on the field as well. I am part of the field hockey team at OCHS and have been constantly striving to progess with my skills as have many other atheletes in OCHS sports. Our sports program has been progressing over the years with much young talent and newly introduced activites. School spirit is tremendous with our student section at all of our basketball games in which the basketball boys have succeeded to win 1st in the Jefferson district tournament and season with 22-0 record..continued...

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