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: Nearly doubled math and reading proficiency rates from the previous year on the 2012 PSSAs; had the highest School Performance Profile rating among the 12 surrounding, comparable high schools for 2012-13; provides weekly professional development for staff, as well as teacher coaches and department chairs to provide support; 4Books4Olney, a book and dinner club for students, faculty, and the community; Senior Seminar course supports 12th graders with 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
Career & Technical Education programs:
Calculus AB, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, Government & Politics, U.S. History
Other special academic offerings:
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, postsecondary transition; writing program with the University of Pennsylvania; Cross Fit curriculum in physical educatio
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. The EXCEL Academy is an accelerated program that works with students who are over-age and undercredited. The school also has more than 250 cameras placed throughout the grounds, and doors are alarmed and monitored at all times.
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 Initiative, where parents read with students
Arts activities and classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; instrumental music classes; 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-Jitsu, badminton, multicultural, writing, SAT, chess, school newspaper: The Olney Student Voice, Cafe Exceptional program
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling, JV Baseball*, JV Basketball*, JV Football*, EC Club Lacrosse*
Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cheerleading*
1, 57, J, R, Regional Rail