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 (ATC), Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Philadelphia Job Corps Center; partnership with Own Your Awesomeness (OYA), which aims to promote the empowerment of female high school students, MANUP - The programs promote positive outcomes by following an impactful curriculum, fostering positive relationships,
AP Courses:
English Literature & Composition, Government & Politics, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics
Other Special Academic Offerings:
Computer Print Shop, NFTE Entrepreneurship classes, Financial Literacy classes, Peirce College Paralegal Partnership Program; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine STEM career-focused program
Measures for Positive, Safe Learning:
6 counselors; 6 behavior specialists; 2 school psychologists; Community and Parent Outreach office; 30 safety team members; 2 programs to help support struggling students; ASPIRA Academy focuses on behavior modification and serves as a disciplinary intervention.
Parent Involvement:
Home & School Association; School Advisory Council; weekly meetings held on Thursdays, community dinners; Community Day Barbeque, end-of-year celebration; monthly dinners with parents of English learner students; transition fairs; dinners for parents of low-incidence students
Arts Activities and Classes:
Choir; other vocal classes; instrumental music classes; drumline; other instrumental ensemble; vocal music classes or ensemble; school musicals; school plays; theater group; theater instruction; visual arts instruction; poetry; literature
Activities and Special Programs:
Clubs:, city-wide championsip level debate team, eastern regional-level championship scrabble club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Young Life, ASPIRA leadership, yearbook, anime, robotics, glee, game, Brazilian jiu jitsu, multicultural, Blue Ink, writing, SAT, chess, Cafe Exceptional program; recent grants: Taller Puertorriqueno – teaching artist program, After School Activities Partnership drama program; Wilma Theater Residency; North Philadelphia Arts Association – – Einstein Program; Operation HOPE – financial literacy education and entrepreneurship training; partnerships with Automotive Training Center, Universal Technical Institute, Philadelphia Job Corps Center; Own Your Awesomeness – promotes female student empowerment; MANUP
Boys Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Girls Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Cross CountryTrack & Field, Volleyball, Softball
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
Enrollment: 1800
Grades Served: 9-12
Admission Reqs: Students must live in the catchment area; others accepted as space allows.
ELLS: 28%
Special Education: 30%
Receiving free or reduced priced lunch: 52%
Waiting List? No
Racial Demographics:African American – 33% Latino – 60% Asian – 4% White – 1% Other – 2%

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