Award Year: 2016

Orchard Park High School

4040 Baker Road
Orchard Park, NY, 14127-2052

(716) 209-6242

Mr. Jonathan Wolf, Principal at time of Nomination

Orchard Park Central Schools

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The Orchard Park High School, in partnership with families and community, will prepare our students to: Achieve their fullest potential; Develop critical thinking, creativity, and character; Become healthy, lifelong learners; Be responsible and contributing members of an ever-changing and global society. We will give our students the vision to reach for the stars, the skills and fortitude to climb the ladder, and the wisdom to appreciate the beauty of the journey.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Orchard Park High School biology students observing the annual apple cider press demonstration

Orchard Park High School biology students observing the annual apple cider press demonstration

Orchard Park High School is dedicated to effective teaching and successful learning for all students. We believe our curriculum encourages creativity, individuality, problem solving and the confidence which enables people to think, speak and work together. Our curriculum is an evolving document. As we interpret data from students' assessments, we continually reflect upon our instructional practices. Our teachers have shown as the Common Core curriculum is rolled out by New York State that they are willing and eager to adapt their instruction to meet the standards and the needs of our students. In both belief and practice, OPHS embraces the premise that the home and school are the most powerful environments that impact our students. OPHS teachers and staff promote a collaborative environment in which parents are valued and recognized as essential partners in their student's education. OPHS uses a balance of best practices along with innovative, responsive instructional methods. We believe that students can achieve high standards if they understand what is expected and have the tools, resources and support to meet them. We believe that students should be challenged to reach their greatest potential. Through differentiated instruction, teachers can change the mode, product or process of learning to meet the needs of individual learners. This instructional method is closely related to the multiple intelligence theory, which understands that not all learners learn in the same amount of time or in the same way.