ASPIRA Olney High School
About this school...
Dedicated to creating, nurturing, and providing quality instruction and a supportive environment conducive to learning, while empowering students to become global thinkers and conscious leaders who will achieve academic proficiency and college and career readiness.
PECO STEM grant, 2014; All-state Cafe Exceptional grant, which addresses student nutrition, education about nutrition, and food service, 2014
Points of pride:
Compared to other District schools with similar populations, overall performance is above the median for 2013-14; provides weekly professional development for staff, as well as teacher coaches and department chairs to support faculty and staff; 4Books4Olney, a book and dinner club for students, faculty and the community; Senior Seminar course supported 12th graders in the 2013-14 school year with their senior projects and life after graduation; more than 95% of the Class of 2014 had a confirmed plan to attend a college, university, or vocational school, enter the workforce, and/or military; John Collins Writing Program; 165 students accepted into community college, tech school, or other two-year school; 67 students accepted into a four-year college or university; students have received $1,113,500 in scholarships
Calculus AB, English Literature, Environmental Science, Government & Politics, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History
Other special academic offerings:
Medical/Clinical Assistant; Peirce College Paralegal Partnership Program; Einstein Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital internship programs; Senior Seminar, which assists with senior project, college/vocational school applications, post-secondary transition; writing program with the University of Pennsylvania
Measures for positive, safe learning:
School has a full support staff, which includes 5 counselors, 4 deans, 2 school psychologists, 4 truancy officers, and more than 30 safety team members. The school provides two programs to help support struggling students. The ASPIRA Academy focuses on behavior modification and serves as a disciplinary intervention.
Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; community dinners; end-of-year celebration; monthly dinners with parents of ELL students; transition fairs; dinners for parents of low-incidence students; 4Books4Olney Initative, where parents read with students
Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; instrumental music classes; choir; drum line; visual arts instruction; dance
Activities & special programs:
Clubs: anime, robotics, Asian, glee, debate, Gay-Straight Alliance, Contemporary Concepts, Young Life, music, ASPIRA leadership, yearbook, fashion, game, Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu, badminton, multicultural, writing, SAT, chess; school newspaper: The Olney Student Voice, Cafe Exceptional program
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cheerleading*
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