Orono Discovery Center

Orono Discovery Center provides children with a nurturing atmosphere that promotes self-esteem and encourages social interactions based on respect and kindness.  Children grow and develop through rich and challenging curriculum, consistent with the high standards of excellence in the Orono Public Schools.


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Orono Public Schools

Orono Public Schools encompasses 49 square miles of Western Hennepin County and serves all or parts of the cities of Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetonka Beach and Orono. Some 2,800 students attend Orono Schumann Elementary School, Orono Intermediate School, Orono Middle School and Orono High School, all of which are located on a 120-acre central campus along 2,000 feet of lakeshore.

Since its formation in 1950, the district’s philosophy has been to provide an educational environment in which individual students can acquire the knowledge, learn the skills and develop the attitudes fundamental to a productive and meaningful life. Orono Schools’ programs, students and staff are frequently distinguished for their excellence.
Orono Public Schools follows a strong core curriculum with options to meet the needs of all learners, including a K-12 gifted education program and special education program. Technology enhances student learning in a variety of subjects. A full complement of academic and athletic cocurricular programs augments the core curriculum.

In 2013, Orono was distinguished as one of only three National District of Character by the Character Education Partnership in recognition of its exemplary character education program. It is one of many honors that the District has earned. Others include the National School Public Relations Gold Medallion Award for engaging the community, Minnesota Department of Education Finance Award for exhibiting fiscal health and sound fiscal management and accountability, and the SchoolMatch What Parents Want Award for meeting the needs and expectations of families choosing schools.

Project Highlights

Sector: Public
Industry: Education
System Size: 176 kWDC
Live Since: 2020
Location: Maple Plain
Facility Size: 39,016 sf
Array Footprint:
14,000 sf

Additional Projects

Activities Center
363 kWDC
Community Ed
40 kWDC
Schumann Elem
40 kWDC
District Office
40 kWDC
Transportation 40 kWDC
District Total
699 kWDC

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