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Educational Philosophy

Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for post-secondary success, and our goal is to create a college-bound culture and a teaching and learning environment that will enable our students to reach their full potential. Our model is also based on a continuous improvement process that relies on the extensive use of data to track and measure student progress, through both MAP and curricular-based measurements, and to inform instructional plans and strategies such as differentiated instruction and flexible grouping.

Data Driven Instruction:

Assessment and data-driven instruction is at the center of the ASPIRA’s instructional framework.  ASPIRA schools employ the use of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing through the Northwest Education Association module. The MAP assessment is nationally normed and provides specific student-level data that are real-time indicators of their reading and math levels as compared to a sample of their peers across the country. The administration of this assessment across all grades K-12 will help to inform not only our primary instructional decision-making and professional development opportunities but will help to identify the needs of our students that require support and additional resources.

Olney Charter has made significant improvements to school climate and maintains a steadily increasing graduation rate, as approximately 90% of graduating students pursue post-secondary education. We also strive to celebrate the diversity of our community within the school itself in the form of culturally-rich educational curricula.
OCHS is ranked number 1 in proficiency of all the public comprehensive high schools in its catchment. Students across demographic areas have made significant gains and we have shown strong growth in all measured content areas on the Keystone assessment.