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Olney Friends School Barnesville, OH Olney Friends School is paving the way for the next generation of American innovators. With 178 years’ experience in successfully educating young men and women, the school is changing with the times in an effort to help students meet the demands of a global economy. Olney recently added an extensive STEM education program to its traditional, college- preparatory program of integrated Humanities courses and farm-based learning opportunities. STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – has become a national priority. Demand for biomedical engineers, computer systems analysts, graphic designers, architects and environmental educators is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, and a STEM education provides the necessary foundation for these and many other careers. At Olney, STEM education has characteristics that are unique among such programs. For decades, Olney was a school that served the Quaker families of southeast Ohio. That has changed, and today the school educates students of all faiths from across the nation and around the world. From its Quaker roots that date back to 1837, Olney has developed a long tradition of stewardship and a strong connection to the land and the environment. That heritage plays a prominent role in the rigorous


Ecole d’Humanité Switzerland

Situated at the base of a large ski area, the stunning natural setting of the Ecole d’Humanité provides a wholesome learning environment and exceptional opportunities for hiking, skiing, climbing, and other outdoor activities. The Ecole has a long history of graduating learners and leaders who demonstrate strong intellectual, social, and ethical habits, and who are globally-aware problem solvers capable of meaningful collaboration with adults and peers. Our academic program aims to promote meaningful understanding rather than surface knowledge. Students take three academic subjects per trimester, allowing them to concentrate on each one with special intensity. Small classes allow for individualized instruction and demand active participation. Students are not “marked” with grades, but instead receive extensive feedback from their teachers based on their papers, tests, and oral presentations. The Ecole is an official testing center for the College Board SAT exams. Students can prepare for exams leading to the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) and entrance to universities around the world. Recent graduates have been accepted to Oxford, Brown, NYU, Oberlin, Smith, Reed, Pitzer College, Kings College London, University of London, and to the University of Basel in Switzerland. To balance the intensive academic program students devote afternoons to the arts, sports, and craftsmanship. Blacksmithing, skiing or snowboarding, woodworking, team sports, rock-climbing, theater, music, gardening, and animal husbandry are just a few of the fields students can choose to explore. Special focus areas include our accredited Outdoor Education Program, Sustainability Program, and Arts Programs, including outstanding opportunities to pursue visual and performance art. Twice a year the entire school sets out in small groups on 4- and 6-day hikes into the mountains of Switzerland and Italy. Our 140 students live in fifteen “families” of two or three teachers and eight to ten students who live together in one of the school’s chalet houses. Living in a mixed group including students of both sexes and various ages and cultures helps everyone to see beyond stereotypes and appreciate individual differences. Our School Program is accredited by AdvancED and our Outdoor Program is accredited by Safety in Adventures . We are the only school in Switzerland to have earned this accreditation for outdoor education and safety. Contact: June Vinhateiro, Director of Admissions


STEM program, with courses that supplement the standard biology, chemistry and physics. A STEM education at Olney includes courses in Environmental Science, Agriscience and Engineering, in partnership with the national Project Lead the Way organization. Designed to encourage collaboration, innovation, curiosity, critical thinking and social responsibility, these classes equip students to become analytical problem-solvers and ethical leaders of their communities and our changing world. The school’s 350-acre campus functions as a laboratory where students in grades 9-12 gain connections to natural resources and learn to make healthy choices for themselves and the environment. The Agriscience class provides lessons about the organic practices used on the school’s farm to help renew the land and produce crops that are shared regularly at school meals. That same class offers opportunities to learn practical life skills, as well as financial literacy. The school’s thriving Farm-to-Table program provides nutritious daily meals and the chance for students to help grow and prepare some of their own food. Olney Friends School is a co-educational, board and day school for students in grades 9-12. For more information, visit www.olneyfriends.org or call 740-425-3655. You can also follow Olney’s activities at facebook.com/olneyfriends

Email: admissions@ecole.ch Phone: 401.782.8682 (US) Website: www.ecole.ch


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