Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Lake Orion Community Schools’ educators meet student needs by tailoring their instructional activities to tiered levels within a classroom or grade, from those who may be struggling with grade-level work to exceptional learners. This intervention approach, based on deep research and training, has a proven track record of success in our district, with student progress monitored and charted on a bi-weekly basis. High school students who need more individual attention and connection with their teachers are attracted to the district’s Learning Options High School. LOCS also operates a very successful summer remedial learning program, as well as afterschool programs to provide students with additional educational opportunities. This includes math and world language courses, among others.
Lake Orion Community Schools invests in its educators. Not only does the district attract quality teachers by offering them competitive compensation, but it also has gone to great lengths in recent years to keep successful education programs in place, despite significant financial pressures. Our teachers are evaluated yearly, based on their ability to help all students in a classroom show growth. Both our educators and their support staffs are required to complete many hours of professional development annually.
Tolerance and Acceptance
Lake Orion Community Schools has one of Oakland County’s most comprehensive anti-bullying programs in place at all of the district’s buildings. The high school’s SOS (Students Offering Support) program provides peer-to-peer help in breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide - and getting at-risk students the help they need. The SOS program has received accolades from the county and is being emulated in other school districts across Oakland County.
Beyond the Classroom
Recognizing the importance of connecting and giving back, all LOCS students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service activities in order to graduate. Many complete much more. Students are also required to complete exit interviews their final year with educators and community members, showcasing their accomplishments over the past four years, as well as summarizing their future plans.
Lake Orion Community Schools has a unique relationship with the community. Our district and schools have formed partnerships with a number of organizations to further the education of students. These include the Lake Orion Education Foundation, Lake Orion Rotary Club, Orion Area Chamber of Commerce, Orion Art Center and Orion Township Public Library, among others. The community’s Blessings in a Backpack program provides food for underprivileged students who may otherwise go hungry on the weekends. The district has partnered with A Mother’s Wish, a Lake Orion-based non-profit organization, to host an annual run/walk event each fall that benefits families in Oakland County who have been affected by breast cancer.