School Details

Oley Valley Senior High School

17 Jefferson St, Oley, PA 19547
(610) 987-4100

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 637 students 14 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Oley Valley School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Oley Valley Senior High School is a public high school in Pike Township. The principal of Oley Valley Senior High School is Dr Darrell Markley, whose e-mail is 637 students attend Oley Valley Senior High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 14% of the 637 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Oley Valley Senior High School is 14:1. Berks CTC-East Campus is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% 96%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 1%
Multiracial 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I recently moved my family to Oley and have enrolled my girls in the districts high school. The staff were all very helpful and showed a sincere interest in the well being of my children. The staff and counselors were very patient and understanding with my millions of questions. My girls have been well treated and simply love the school and I'm confident that they will receive an excellent education.

  • (3 years ago)

    At this school there are far too many rednecks who think they rule the school. Also there is little diversity. I would say 98% Caucasian. The teachers are not very outstanding except for a select few. The school itself is small and a tad boring but the majority of the student body knows each and every student of the school. Field Hockey and Baseball are the schools most standout sports and Basketball just behind in popularity. Oley has a bad reputation compared to most of the schools surrounding it. This school seems to be pretty well rounded academically but the teachers seem to pick favorites as in every other school so if your child is not a teachers pet then they will actually have to study and not ease his or her way through.

  • (4 years ago)

    Poor modeling of intelligence and little critical thinking. Low respect for individualism and even less for diversity.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are great at oley and the princple at the high school always takes care of legitimate problems but the counsellors are harable

  • (7 years ago)

    I don't understand why one reviewer stated that the theater department could use 'help'. Music theater and sports are the big things in Oley and if your child is not into that then you might want to look at programs offered in other places because you sure won't find them here. Test scores are high and it is a good learning environment. There's not much to do in the area however and bored teenagers = trouble. Students are as another reviewer stated very clique-ish. And as many of the other reviewers stated the town is very closed minded. There is almost NO diversity amoungst the students and I've seen many students harassed for being 'different'.

  • (7 years ago)

    Oley Valley High School often gets a bad rap because of the size and the rural location. Compare academics with surrounding schools even the larger ones to see that it measures up fine. Actually OVHS math students do much better on average with the AP Math tests then most other schools in Berks County. Also the grading system is much more strict with a 92 being a B and not an A minus like other schools. I wish there would be more bells and whistles for the kids to enjoy. Berks County is not an area that likes change and Oley is in rural Berks. I know my kids will be prepared for college. The extras will have to come from there.

  • (9 years ago)

    the availability of music and art is pretty decent although the theater department could use some help. sports and extracurricular activities are good. the people of the town tend to be closed minded and the kids quite clique-ish.

  • (9 years ago)

    Oley Valley High School provdes a country environment. The academic programs are not quite up to par with those of larger schools. Opportunities for expression through the arts occur less than average. Sports are below par with the exception of field hockey. All and all it is a nice environment. Just don't expect the extras you would find in a larger school.

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