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Teaching and Learning Department

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Educators in the Lake Orion Community Schools know the best way to prepare students for future success is to focus on the whole child. To accomplish this, we work together to address each student’s academic, emotional and developmental needs from pre-kindergarten through high school graduation.

The district supports our teachers’ efforts by offering a variety of innovative programs catered to student needs. 

  • Each of Lake Orion’s six neighborhood elementary schools features identical curriculum while meeting the unique needs of the students, families and neighborhoods they serve. 
  • The three middle schools use a team-concept approach that integrates the core curriculum with small teams of trained educators who collaborate daily and act as advocates for every student.
  • The STAR (Student Teacher Affective Relationships) program at our three middle schools helps build a deeper rapport between students and their teachers. 
  • Lake Orion High School offers a modified block schedule which allows students to experience both 45- and 90-minute classes. LOHS offers 225 courses, plus another 11 at the Oakland Schools Technical Campus.

Learn more about how Lake Orion Community Schools helps assures student success.

District At-A-Glance

  • 85% of Lake Orion Community Schools certified teachers hold Master’s Degree or higher.
  • 31% of Lake Orion educators have spent at least five years with the district; 38% more than 10 years.

Standardized Testing Spring 2018:

  • SAT (11th grade): Lake Orion High School ranks 14th among Oakland County public standard high schools in average SAT score (1097).
  • M-STEP 8th grade proficient math among Oakland County middle schools: Waldon (8th), Oakview (10th), Scripps (11th), a combined third in the county.
  • M-STEP 3rd grade proficient English among elementary schools: a combined fifth in the county.
  • 69% of Lake Orion High School students met state academic standards (scoring “proficient” or “advanced”) on state tests (M-STEP, MI-Access, SAT). (Similar schools 58%, state average 40%)
    • 80% in ELA (similar schools 68%, state average 46%)
    • 58% in Math (similar schools 49%, state average 38%)
    • 51% in Science (similar schools 41%, state average 20%)
    • 69% in Social Studies (similar schools 57%, state average 32%)
  • Graduation Rate: 95.19%, 6th in Oakland County (similar schools 94%, state average 81%)
    College entrance: 72.4% enrolled in college within six months of graduation (10th in county)

College Board:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll

Lake Orion High School:

  • 96% Graduation Rate
  • Each year several million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to district graduates attending college.

Heidi Mercer

Heidi Mercer
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
315 N. Lapeer Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362

Phone: 248-693-5400

Kerri Anderson

Kerri Anderson
Director of Curriculum

315 N. Lapeer Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362
Phone: 248-693-5400

Marysue Schwartzmiller
Administrative Assistant

315 N. Lapeer Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362
Phone: 248-693-5400