The public school systems in the Olean area consist of two elementary schools, one intermediate middle school, three central school systems and one high school. View the websites for the Olean City SchoolsAllegany-Limestone Central, Hinsdale Central, and Portville Central. Offering alternative choices are Southern Tier Catholic School (a regionalized elementary school), and Archbishop Walsh Academy.

Allegany Limestone Central District educates about 1,300 students in grades Pre-K-12 and houses a elementary school, a middle school and a high school. The New York State Education Department had identified our high school a "High Performing School." For additional information, go to

Archbishop Walsh Academy is a private, coed Catholic school affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. In the Franciscan tradition, Archbishop Walsh Academy is dedicated to providing a quality Catholic education and a solid academic foundation while fostering spiritual growth. Walsh is actively pursuing accreditation for the International Baccalaureate high school diploma program. Walsh will be one of only 2,700 schools worldwide offering this acclaimed curriculum, and the only one of its kind in the area.
Hinsdale Central School engages and inspires all students to be responsible, respectful 21st Century Learners prepared to succeed in a competitive world.  Hinsdale CSD will be a premier rural school district in New York State by 2020.
Olean High School has enrollment of 850 students from grades 8 - 12. OHS offers a wide range of course selections and special programs including Project Lead the Way (Engineering), a Business Department with CTE endorsement, Art, Language, Career and Technical Education at BOCES, and exceptional Music and Art departments.
Portville Central School District is governed by a nine-member Board of Education, serving the needs of close to 1,000 students Pre-K-12th grade. Class sizes are small, with a 12.8:1 student to teacher ratio. The district buses approximately 90 percent of the students. The school includes an all-weather outdoor running track, soccer and football stadiums, athletic fields, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a nautilus exercise center.




Practical vocational training and special education programs for high school students and adults are available through the BOCES Vocational Technical Center located just outside the city.


No fewer than four colleges call the Olean area home.

A community college rooted in rich liberal arts tradition, Jamestown Community College is comprehensive community college offering 35 degree and 21 certificate options with campuses in Jamestown and Olean, NY and extension centers in Dunkirk, NY and Warren, PA. The threefold purpose of the college is to serve those students desiring transfer programs, provide technical and career programs for those who wish to seek employment immediately after graduation, and offer the community the opportunity to pursue part-time study for improvement of job skills and cultural enrichment. For more information, visit



St. Bonaventure University The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Ranked a top 5 “Best Value School” by US News and World Report, our students are becoming extraordinary.



Empire State College offers a non-traditional approach to an associate, bachelor's or master's degree in a variety of arts and sciences. The college is part of the SUNY system.


Close by is the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, a four-year college of the University of Pittsburgh system that has more than 1,600 enrolled. The school offers 41 majors and more than 50 minors on its 317-acre campus. With small class sizes (about 18 students), students are sure to get personal attention and develop relationships with peers and professors to last a lifetime.



Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center -- A space-themed non-profit learning center designed to stimulate a student’s interest in science, math and technology through a series of hands-on experiences and simulations that are tied to classroom learning. Students who visit the Center are split into groups but work together from a simulated space station and mission control room to complete a space mission.  The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center has been conducting missions since Fall 2009.

The Center’s primary focus is to get kids excited about math and science, but the center is also open for corporate training sessions and community events. To schedule a space mission or for more information, call the center at 716-379-8686. 

182 E. Union St., Allegany, NY 14706
Phone: 716-379-8686     Fax: 716-379-8687

  • City of Olean 2 elementary (K-3), 1 Intermediate School (4-7), 1 High School (8-12)
    Parochial: 1 Elementary, 1 High School
    Central Systems: Allegany-Limestone (K-12): Portville (K-12); Hinsdale (K-12)
    Vocational/Technical BOCES offers a range of vocational and technical training for high school students and adults.
    Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus Campus at Olean AA and AS Liberal Arts and Science and Business Degrees, AAS Career/Technical Degrees, Center for Business/Industry Training.
    St. Bonaventure University BA, BS, BBA, MA, MS, MSED and MBA degrees. Undergraduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and journalism and mass communication.
    University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 

    AS, BA, BS Degrees: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business and Technical


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