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Guest Column - Did you know?

By Marion Ginopolis

December 26, 2012 - Lake Orion Community Schools...

*Annually outperform Oakland County and State averages in all tested subject areas

*Graduates are awarded several million dollars in merit scholarships

*Was named by the College Board as a 2012-2013 Advance Placement (AP) Achievement District earning placement on the AP Honor Roll

*Neighborhood and intra-district focus elementary schools and middle schools recognized as Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary Schools.

+The Michigan Department of Education ranked Carpenter Elementary School among the top 1% of schools in the state for the academic success of students

+Webber Elementary is a member of the National Math Olympiad Honor Role ranking in the top 10% of all teams internationally

+Pine Tree and Stadium Drive Elementary awarded the Education Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of School Boards

*Incoming ninth grade students are part of the District's exclusive Freshman Academy, a county first.

*High school designated a National Blue Ribbon School and New American High School and accredited by the North Central Association

*Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with the Blue Ribbon Schools special emphasis award in special education.

*Award-winning Reader's Workshop has become a model for districts throughout Oakland County.

*English as a Second Language provided to some 500 adults and children from more than 30 countries recognized as the Oakland County Community and Adult Education District of the Year.

*Vocal and Instrumental music programs regularly earn top ratings at state-level competitions and festivals.

*Dragon Yearbook is a member of the MPA Hall of Fame and awarded the National Pacemaker Award for excellence in student journalism.

*Athletic success includes state playoff runs and state championships in numerous sports programs earned.

+Meridian Award of Excellence from the Michigan School Business Officials

+Excellence in Transportation Award from Oakland County

+Children's Choice North American School Bus Driver of the year

+Middle School Teacher of the Year and Promising Young Educator of the Year from the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators

+Distinguished Support Service Betty Campion Award from Oakland County

+Best Newscast Award awarded to LO-AM, the high school's student produced daily live news program by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association

*Received a AA-bond rating - the highest available to a school district

*Refinanced a portion of the bond debt to save taxpayers $6.1 million over a 15 year period

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