About Us

A Progressive, Independent Learning Community Since 1837!

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, LGBTQIAS, 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).

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  • Year Founded: 1837
  • Student Body: 55
  • Average Class Size: 8
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 4:1
  • Accreditation: ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States)
  • Affiliations: OAIS, NAIS, TABS
Alumni Soccer Game

Olney Friends School celebrates intellectual vigor, provokes questions of conscience, and nurtures skills for active engagement locally and globally.

Olney: A Brief History

Learn more about the nearly 200 year tradition of one of Ohio’s great independent learning institutions.

Faculty Directory

Meet the experienced faculty and staff of Olney Friends School.

Employment

Want to work at Olney? Find out how to join our team!

Community Life Handbook

Access this document to learn the rules, regulations, and expectations of Olney community members.

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees, many of whom are alumni of Olney, bring decades of experience to the school.

Calendar of Events

Find out when important events are taking place on campus.

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April 30 - May 06
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  • 30
    30.April.Sunday
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  • 01
    01.May.Monday
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  • 02
    02.May.Tuesday

    Self-Gov

    11:15 am-12:15 pm
    Tue, May 2017-Tue, Sep 2017
    No additional details for this event.

    Faculty Meeting

    11:15 am-12:15 pm
    Tue, May 2017
    No additional details for this event.
  • 03
    03.May.Wednesday
    No events
  • 04
    04.May.Thursday
    No events
  • 05
    05.May.Friday

    Community Meeting

    11:15 am-12:15 pm
    Fri, May 2017
    No additional details for this event.
  • 06
    06.May.Saturday

    SATs (Tentative)

    All day
    Sat, May 2017
    No additional details for this event.

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: 740-359-4015

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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