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. In 2013, according to the ACTs, Oak Ridge High School had almost triple number of college ready students compared to the state average.
National Merit Program
Approximately half of the junior class takes the PSAT/NMSQT each year. For 2016, the finalists have not yet been announced. Currently, there are 10 Semifinalists, 7 Commended Scholars and 1 National Hispanic Achievement Program award winner. The Senior Class of 2015 had 4 National Merit Finalists, 4 Semifinalists and 10 Commended Scholars. The Senior Class of 2014 had 11 National Merit Semifinalists and 11 Commended Scholars. The Senior Class of 2013 had 10 National Merit Finalists, 10 Semifinalists, 5 Students and 1 National African American Achievement Program award winner.
Currently 52% of the senior class, 48% of the junior class, and 21% of the sophomore class are taking at least one Advanced Placement course. Last academic year 7 students earned AP National Scholar recognition, 47 were AP Scholars with Distinction, 18 were AP Scholars with Honors, and 46 were AP Scholars. Oak Ridge High School offers 5 post AP/Research courses, 29 AP courses, 15 Dual Enrolment courses, 9 Dual Credit & Certification courses as well as 24 Honors courses.