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ASPIRA Olney High School

About this school...

Mission Statement:
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

AP courses:
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

Foreign languages:
French, Spanish

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.

Parent Involvement:
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

Boys' sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Girls' sports:
Basketball, Indoor Track, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cheerleading*

SEPTA routes:
1, 57, J, R, Regional Rail

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Comments (85)

Submitted by Anonymous on November 2, 2011 3:16 pm

this is one of the best schools


Submitted by Anonymous on March 21, 2012 9:56 am

ilove onley school alot

Submitted by Anonymous on March 21, 2012 11:13 am

but then you should spell it correctly... it is Olney

Submitted by Anonymous on April 23, 2014 1:34 pm
and a lot is two separate words.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 17, 2014 11:41 pm

As you can see were not in school right now so grammar doesn't exist at the moment until September.

Submitted by Anonymous on March 26, 2012 10:44 am

If anyone has an email address for Dr. LeBron, could you please email it to me at Thank you so much!

Submitted by Anonymous on March 22, 2013 11:27 am
Submitted by Anonymous on April 13, 2012 4:57 pm

The Rise and Fall of Olney High School

How sad that Olney High School which educated my father, aunts, uncles and cousins and me, no longer exists. When Olney was evaluated in 1959, it ranked second in the Philadelphia School District, behind Central but ahead of Girls High.

I turned my back for a moment (well, 51 years) and it's gone!

MB, Olney High School Class of January 1961

Submitted by Anonymous on September 16, 2012 10:26 am

Yes, I graduated in 1968 and Olney was one of the best high schools in Philadelphia. I wish the city never made such a change, it will be missed!

TWG , North Carolina

Submitted by Anonymous on January 29, 2014 2:48 pm
well actually its better now the only reason they changed it to a charter school was because of how bad it was doing it was once none as the 2nd i believe baddest school in pennyslvania so why wouldnt change it they werent going to fund olney no more because it had a bad rep and its student were getting really bad grades and were dropping out like wild fires so its good change
Submitted by Anonymous on October 6, 2015 3:06 pm

Do they no longer teach proper sentence structure? I graduated in 1962; this would never have been accepted.


Submitted by Anonymous on July 14, 2013 11:01 am
I agree, I loved it at Olney, Class of June 1961. Will you be at our 75 birthday bash in the fall?
Submitted by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 9:58 pm
Submitted by Anonymous on June 6, 2012 1:00 pm

I will miss you OLNEY HIGH . RAY Torres class of 1984 .
Good luck to my uncle Dr. Jose Lebron who we are so proud of and will revive Olney Aspira.

Submitted by Anonymous on August 17, 2013 12:36 pm
That's your uncle
Submitted by Anonymous on August 23, 2012 6:28 pm


Submitted by Anonymous on August 25, 2012 12:13 am

I HATE THIS SCHOOL , Shyt corny forreal ! Im mad i gotta go back . so if you're thinking about going here , DONT !!!! Get away while you can

Submitted by Anonymous on December 12, 2012 12:09 pm
Olniey is good school. GRADUATED IN 79. MET ALOT OF FRIENDS.
Submitted by Anonymous on July 16, 2013 8:47 pm
lmao RITE !! .
Submitted by Anonymous on August 28, 2012 4:18 pm

OHS class of 2014 , cant wait till the 5th

Submitted by Anonymous on August 28, 2012 5:41 pm

Someone at Aspira Olney needs to update their posting. There is no AP "social studies." There is AP World History, US History, US Gov't, Comparative Gov't, etc. Also, "Study Island" and Achieve 3000 are not "special academic offerings." They are test prep, online programs. What is Aspira doing that is new other than creating a "success academy" to isolate and remove disruptive students?

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Submitted by Anonymous on September 10, 2012 11:19 am

hi I am Tanay Marie Hayes

Submitted by Anonymous on October 28, 2012 11:37 pm
hi i go to olney charter highschool i love it over there but its really boring
Submitted by Anonymous on November 15, 2012 5:07 pm
I remember the roof do you ------ Darnell stallworth class of 73.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 19, 2012 7:49 am
Dr. Lebron and Bridget attended a reunion of OHS graduates held on 11/15/2012 at Ann's Choice, a retirement community in Bucks county. We have almost 100 residents who are grads.and 70 were able to attend. Dr. Lebron and Bridget gave us an excellent talk and power point presentation on the NEW OHS. Our graduates are from the 1937 through 1963 years. We were really empressed and once again we are proud of our school. Tom Feeney June 1948
Submitted by Anonymous on November 26, 2012 2:20 am
well my son will be attending onley in the spring of 2012. an i hope he like it as much as am here everybody else do for one he is going to school to learn not to make friends, but if that should happen i hope it be able to pick out the good ones an leave the bad ones behind,, trouble is every where you good we all know that. WELL WISH EVERYONE WELL N GOOG LUCK!!!!!!!!! AN YALL GIRLS YEA STAY AWAY FROM MINES...SMILY FACES
Submitted by Anonymous on December 12, 2012 8:48 am
The school Is some what good honestly it's better than what it was when I started to attend in 9th grade now I'm in the 11th . Lunch is NASTY I think the Puerto Ricans get special attention because it is a puerto Rican school but the teachers are wonderful you will learn & get good grades .
Submitted by Anonymous on January 27, 2014 4:32 am
it may have puerto rican but look at the diversity its not all puerto ricans and no im spanish i went i got no special attention all the teachers are cool but its not cool to make snotty remarks like that
Submitted by Anonymous on December 12, 2012 11:22 am
its not a puerto rican school -.-
Submitted by Anonymous on December 15, 2012 2:29 pm
I graduated 1953 good school even though it supported right wing germsnsbwith arm bans not good for a jew
Submitted by Anonymous on June 23, 2014 10:12 am
I graduated in June, 1954. There had been no (open) Nazi activities since 1942, when we entered WWII and the FBI arrested the neighborhood Bund members. When I attended (1950 to 1954) the school was 90% Jewish. True, some of the staff were unfriendly - the choral director held tryouts on Yom Kippur and the councilor advised me not go to Penn where "my kind" were not welcome. (I subsequently won a Mayor's Scholarship and found a substantial Jewish population there.) I have fond memories of Olney.
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Submitted by Anonymous on December 15, 2012 7:17 pm
It would be a better school if aspira would stop filling their pockets and pump more money into the school damn thieves
Submitted by Anonymous on December 17, 2012 6:51 pm
I am glad that the St. Christopher's Health Tech is still running. I was part of the program and it helped me choose my major in college and it provided me with a lot of experience in working at a professional environment. i recommend for the students to attend the program as soon as they hit their junior year. i graduated from Olney High in 2009. I am currently attending Penn State University and several of my friends are currently still in college as well. I am sure that there are a lot of amazing teachers there helping the students be the best that they can be. Olney is not a bad school, the students should be devoutly determined to do well with the help of their teachers and strong staff working there to make a difference in our children's lives. We can all make the best of everything, and although Olney has had its bad reputation over the years, I made it out just fine due to my amazing teachers and the health tech program at St. Christopher's Hospital.
Submitted by Anonymous on February 21, 2013 6:45 pm
I want part time... who give me work?
Submitted by Anonymous on February 24, 2013 4:46 pm
1966 grad, it's not quite the same world we can't go back in time
Submitted by Anonymous on March 21, 2013 8:56 pm
September 2011, Olney became an actual school.
Submitted by Anonymous on March 21, 2013 9:26 pm
Olney has been a school for about 80 years. Your statement is an insult to all the staff, students and families who appreciated their education.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 6, 2013 5:02 pm
I wonder what education they received to appreciate it. By the way, my statement was an insult to the staff, they were horrible.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 10, 2013 5:51 pm
What you really mean to say is that Olney High School "died" in 2011. Charters schools are nothing more than a costume.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 24, 2013 11:31 pm
The school had "died" long ago, right now it's in the process of reviving.
Submitted by Anonymous on February 19, 2014 6:43 pm
Ignorant person , Im sure you could never have made it there!!!!!
Submitted by Anonymous on March 21, 2013 10:00 pm
Have Olney take back the Sp. Ed., ESOL, Chronically truant, chronic behavior problem and disruptive students that they kick out and dump into Edison H.S. and the other remaining neighborhood schools (who have to accept them) and we will see how well the "New Olney" does. THAT's the change September 2011 and ASPIRA brought to Olney.
Submitted by Anonymous on March 25, 2013 11:58 am
Wow. You are misinformed. Look at the statistics. That school is like 20-30 percent sp.ed. It has an entire wing. They can not kcik people out, they work with them, Success schools, Sp.Ed., ESOL, truancy (ALL large departments). Check your information.
Submitted by Anonymous on April 16, 2013 7:05 pm
Im Tyler and currently a sophmore at olney. It is not a bad or good school. It is what you make of it. To many people dont take the action to try and better there experience here which is why many people dont like it, but if you take initiative and make the best out of things it can really be enjoyed. People need to quit complaining and actually do.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 27, 2013 5:48 pm
Tyler - I noticed at least 3 grammar mistakes in your post....tsk, tsk....
Submitted by Anonymous on July 14, 2013 3:48 pm
Reply to "Anonymous on Thu. 6/27/2013 - 17:11. Tyler (Tue. 4/16/2013 - 19:36) may have made 3 grammatical errors, but his attitude about school and life are on the mark. You could learn something from him.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 13, 2013 3:42 pm
olney sucks -.-
Submitted by Anonymous on August 18, 2013 5:54 pm
Is Olney Opening Or Not This School year? Cause I heard in the news that they are not sure

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