The mission of Oak Ridge High School is to educate students who will be able to:
- Meet or exceed the requirements of the curriculum.
- Problem-solve and think critically and creatively.
- Communicate effectively.
- Work, interact, and adapt in a diverse, changing, and highly technological world.
- Guide their own behavior with ethical principles.
Oak Ridge High School is a 4-year public high school, established in 1943, with an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students in grades 9 through 12. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education, Oak Ridge maintains its status as a comprehensive public school while functioning as a resource and a support system for the individual student. Approximately 80% of our seniors indicate that they plan to continue their education at the post-secondary level.
Oak Ridge High School students' scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) have exceeded national and state averages for the past 40 years.National Merit Program
Approximately half of the junior class takes the PSAT/NMSQT each year. The Senior Class of 2008 has 8 National Merit Semifinalists, 19 Commended Students and 1 National Hispanic/National Achievement Program awards. The Senior Class of 2007 had 10 Semifinalists, 9 Finalists, and 8 Commended StudentsAP Exams
In 2007, 221 students took 488 AP exams. Of the scores earned, 88% were 3 or higher,26% were 3, 33% were 4, and 28% were 5. Three students earned AP National Scholar recognition, 34 were Scholars with Distinction, 18 AP Scholars with Honor, and 36 AP Scholars. Oak Ridge High School offers 19 AP courses. Between college credit courses and Advanced Placement exams, our students earned in excess of 1000 college credits, saving parents approximately $840,000 in total college costs.