ASPIRA Olney High 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.
Accredidations and Awards:
Grants this year included: Taller Puertorriqueno – teaching artist program with English language learner and special education population; After School Activities Partnership – drama program; Wilma Theater Residency; North Philadelphia Arts Association – Philadelphia Education Fund; College Access Program – Philadelphia Education Fund; Einstein Program; Health Technology Program with St. Christopher Hospital. Operation HOPE provides financial literacy education as well as entrepreneurship training; multi-year partnership with Automotive Training Center, Universal Technical Institute, Philadelphia Job Corps Center; partnership with Own Your Awesomeness, which aims to promote the empowerment of female high school students and MANUP – The programs promote positive outcomes and fostering positive relationships.
Points of Pride:
Dual enrollment partnership with Community College of Philadelphia and Cabrini University; JROTC; in-house day care center; Public League and District XII Baseball champions, 2016; support team to enforce safe and orderly climate; weekly professional development for staff; one-on-one teacher coaching and support provided by assistant principals, senior lead educators, teacher mentors, special education and ELL coordinators; Student Excellence Center; more than 300 desktop computers, 2 computer labs, and 11 mobile laptop carts; 4Books4Olney book and dinner club, where parents read with students; Senior Seminar course supports 12th graders with their senior projects and life after graduation; Cafe Exceptional Program exposes special education students to the culinary industry; first production and play to take place in more than 10 years was held in 2015-16, drama club now produces a play each spring and fall.
AP Courses:
English Literature and Composition, Government & Politics, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Art Studio – Sculpture; Peirce College Paralegal Partnership Program; Einstein Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital Programs; PCOM STEM career-focused program, Financial Literacy class,
Foreign Languages:
French, Spanish, Arabic
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
School has a full support staff, which includes 6 counselors, 6 behavior specialists, 2 school psychologists, a Community and Parent Outreach office, and 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 English language learner students; transition fairs; dinners for parents of low-incidence students
Arts Activities and Classes:
Vocal music classes or ensemble; choir; other vocal classes; instrumental music classes; drum line; other instrumental ensemble; theater instruction; school plays; school musicals; theater group; visual arts instruction; poetry; literature
Activities and Special Programs:
Clubs: anime, robotics, Glee, debate, Gay-Straight Alliance, Young Life, ASPIRA leadership, yearbook, game, Brazilian jiu jitsu, badminton, multicultural, writing, SAT, chess, school newspaper: The Olney Student Voice, Cafe Exceptional program
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball
Septa Routes:
1, 26, 57, J, R, Regional Rail
Contact Information
100 W. Duncannon Ave., 19120
James Thompson, Principal
Enrollment and Demographics
Type of School: Charter
2014-2015 Enrollment: 1,787
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: Students must live in the catchment area.
ELLS: 20%
Special Education: 25%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 77%
Waiting List? No
Racial Demographics: African American – 33% Latino – 60% Asian – 4% White – 1% Other – 2%

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