Academies at Orange Lutheran are optional, subject-specific programs (similar to a college major or concentration) that offer the opportunity for students to explore their unique strengths, interests, and passions as it relates to a potential future career path. Students who complete an Academy program will be given an endorsement on their transcript as well as recognition during graduation festivities, recognizing their accomplishment of completing a well-rounded, yet challenging program in their chosen area.

Orange Lutheran offers the following Academies:


Offering opportunities, guidance, and motivation to best use their gifts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, students in the STEM Academy are challenged at the highest level within these fields. All STEM Academy students are required to complete an internship of approximately 125 hours, which is typically completed in the summer between junior and senior years. Previous internships have been completed at Boeing, Stanford, UCI Medical Center, and Applied Medical, among others.

Performing Arts

Intended to provide musically-gifted students the opportunity to fulfill their potential in the arts, the Performing Arts Academy offers an expanded course structure to prepare students for specialized studies on stage.

Visual Arts

Builds a community of diverse, creative individuals working in a variety of media forms who use their talents and abilities to create, communicate, and cultivate discussion. Students also gain valuable skills that transfer into a variety of career paths within the arts.


Equips students with the practical values and skills needed to be effective Christians in the business world while providing them with habits that will help them grow in order to stand out and to make a difference. Business Academy students receive hands-on experience through their involvement in multiple on-campus operations, such as the Lancer Store, marketing, and the OLu Cafe. For more information, contact Michael Finley, Business Academy Director, at


Students who participate in the Ministry Academy explore and discover their giftedness in ministry vocations and facilitate specific training and experiences in specific fields of ministry. Emphases include Christian Education, Pastoral Ministry, Worship Arts, and Youth Ministry.


Students passionate about writing and literature will be challenged in their thinking, develop their skills in writing, be encouraged in their personal growth and strengthen their faith in Christ.

Most Academies will start accepting applications during the spring semester of a student’s sophomore year, however, the process may vary by Academy.
For more information, including current program fees, please attend an Open House or email