Oak Ridge High School, as part of the city school system and separately, ranks among the top in the nation. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Tennessee Department of Education.
The ORHS's Advanced Placement program has been recognized nationally as being in the top two percent. Along with its being an excellent institution with extensive programs and resources for its students, itís high-achieving students who put ORHS on the map.
- 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.
- Students are often recognized by the National Merit Program. The Senior Class of 2005 has 17 National Merit Semifinalists, 24 Commended Students and 3 National Hispanic/National Achievement Program awards. The Senior Class of 2004 had 11 Semifinalists, 10 Finalists, 15 Commended Students, 8 Scholars, 1 National Hispanic Scholar Finalist and 1 National Achievement Semifinalist.
- In 2004, 221 students took 540 AP exams. Of the scores earned, 85% were 3 or higher, 63% were 4 or higher and 35% were 5. Between college credit courses and Advanced Placement exams, students earned in excess of 1000 college credits, saving parents approximately $840,000 in total college costs.
- In the 2002-03 school year, 150 students, or nearly half the senior class, received special awards and scholarships with a monetary value estimated in excess of $3.4 million.