Welcome to Olney Friends School

Established in 1837 by the Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, Olney continues to cultivate the Quaker values of consensus, integrity, and cooperative conflict resolution while honoring ethnic, racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity. Students participate integrally in all aspects of community life, including decisionmaking in the dormitories, deliberating on academic offerings, and working in the kitchen and on the farm. 100% of Olney graduates are admitted to 4-year accredited colleges and universities.

The school is located on 350 USDA certified organic acres near the town of Barnesville, Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The area is largely agricultural; nearby areas of ecological interest allow the school to offer hands-on environmental science education. The Olney farm provides not only food for the community, but also educational opportunities for students and revenue for the school. The Olney curriculum takes advantage of its small size, international student presence, and culture of inquiry to offer a unique academic environment for high school students. All courses teach core college preparatory material and skills while offering students opportunities to choose to engage with material at greater depth and at an individual pace.

Olney is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Friends Council on Education (FCE).

4:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Despite increasing enrollment, Olney Friends School still maintains one of the best student-to-faculty ratios of any secondary school in the United States! National average is 16:1!

An International Community

In the past three years, we have welcomed students from over twenty states and a dozen countries, including Germany, Japan, Afghanistan, China, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Vietnam, Russia, and South Korea.

100% College Acceptance Rate

Over the past decade, students have been accepted to over 200 different four-year colleges and universities. Acceptance to at least one baccalaureate institution is required for graduation.

Upcoming at Olney

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April 18 - April 24
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    Social Activism Workshop

    All day
    Wed, Apr 2016
    Retired Earlham College physics professor Sam Neff and his wife, Ruth, will be giving a presentation on Wednesday, April 20th, about their work in Russia, Iran, Israel, Palestine, and Cuba.
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    Dolly Sods Camping Trip

    All day
    Fri, Apr 2016-Sun, Apr 2016
    Chemistry teacher Rory Beck will be taking a group of students for a weekend camping trip to Dolly Sods in eastern West Virginia.

    Sunrise Collection

    6:30 am-8:30 am
    Fri, Apr 2016
    Senior humanities teacher Roger Reynolds and the senior class will be holding a sunrise Collection at 6:30 a.m. then enjoying breakfast in town.

    Community Morning

    8:45 am-12:40 pm
    Fri, Apr 2016
    Olney Friends School, 61830 Sandy Ridge Road, Barnesville, OH 43713, United States
    8:45-9:45 am: Faculty Meeting, Self-Gov9:45-10:45 am: Community Meeting followed by All-School Sing10:45 am-12:00 pm: All-School Project 

    Nancy Krygowski Poetry Event

    2:30 pm-4:30 pm
    Fri, Apr 2016
    Nancy Krygowski, author of Velocity and winner of the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, will be holding a poetry reading and workshop on the Olney Friends School campus on Friday, April 22nd from 2:30-4:30 p.m. For more information about Nancy and her works, please visit her official website.

    Friendly Folkdancers

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Fri, Apr 2016
    Join us on Friday April 22, 2016 at 7 p.m. as the Friendly Folkdancers begin their 30th anniversary tour. They will share a 30 minute presentation and then spend time dancing and teaching with anyone who is willing! The performance will take place in the Olney Friends School gymnasium. Please come watch or join in with this talented group of Folk dancers. Questions? Email shelley@olneyfriends.org for more information
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    Farm Out

    All day
    Sat, Apr 2016
    Olney annual Farm Out event invites junior high school students from several states for a full day of exciting farm-related activities. For more information, please contact Sandy Sterrett at sandy@olneyfriends.org or by calling 740-425-3655.
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Olney Friends School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory boarding and day school offering individualized instruction in small class settings for grades 9-12.

Phone: 740-425-3655

Fax: 740-425-3202

The Main Office is staffed seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. till about 10:00 p.m. when school is in session. The administrator on call is available for emergencies 24 hours a day during the school year at 740-359-4015.

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