Rooted in Quaker values, Olney Friends School has been a leader in progressive education in the Ohio Valley since 1837. Utilizing our 350 acres of U.S.D.A organic farmland, Olney’s transdisciplinary curriculum integrates art, science, the humanities, Quakerism, and environmental stewardship in a way that allows the mind to explore academically and spiritually all while in a supportive community.
Here, students take learning outside of the classroom and into the real world. They monitor stream quality in the local Captina Creek, grow organic food on our farmland, and engage deeply in course material utilizing the Harkness method—which allows them to develop critical thinking and empathy. Our small class sizes and place-based education allows students to pursue their academic journeys in an experiential way, while in tandem, giving them context to appreciate local history, politics, and environmental issues.