Altoona High is one of the state's best-equipped high schools with a comprehensive curriculum to match. Honors and academic curriculum clusters provide students with a rigorous education designed to meet individual needs. The applied academics curriculum cluster combines the rigor and theory of an academic program with hands-on learning activities, career exploration and occupational experiences. College credits can be earned by taking any of 19 Advanced Placement courses which include English, calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, American history, European history, comparative government, American government, French, German and Spanish. A Career Education Center, a School-to-Work program and a Service Learning program help students make important post high school choices. An extensive list of extracurricular activities is available to all students.
Seniors (or any interested student) may purchase yearbooks by clicking here for more information.
Also parents of seniors may purchase ads for the yearbook. Click here for design information and to place your order.
Additionally senior portrait information may be found by clicking here.
***IMPORTANT*** => We want to encourage parents to order graduation announcements, as the school is unable to provide any announcements this year. They are available through Jostens. We will still provide the cap and gown at no additional cost to the student.
Financial aid night
In cooperation with PHEAA we will be hosting a free financial aid night for students and families on December 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the AAHS auditorium.
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Every Tuesday this school year, the AAHS and AAJHS student clubs, athletes, or musicians will visit one of the four locations. The goal is to get the elementary students excited about art, music, education, theater, or sports, so they will want to stay in school. Additionally, this provides allows the secondary students to share their talents, while doing a good deed for someone else. One student said after her visit there, “I really feel like we should try to keep our school involved in this program through all the clubs and maybe through the classes. The kids there are fantastic and they really loved being with us and learning and a lot of them told me that they wanted to study just as hard as long as they got help and they could study. They were so eager to learn and I really feel like if we can keep all the people of AAHS involved we could really foster a good group of kids that are going to want to stay involved in Altoona and their communities as well as be better working and more focused in school. I guess I'm idealistic but I feel like with the warm reception and the awesome kids that were there, that we should keep in touch and stay on that. I know the kids would love it; they were eager to hear that I was coming back and I was only with them for about an hour.”
Finally, our partnership will continue through workshops for partners at these locations. Our elementary and secondary counselors will be presenting workshops on bullying throughout the school year. We feel communication is improving through our work with Team Altoona.
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We have listed here the extensions of all of the offices and teachers in the building
Changes in Graduation Requirements?
This is the first year our students are taking the Keystone Exams, so our attempt to clarify the graduation requirements regarding proficiency in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology, is outlined below.
The Class of 2014 must demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I and Literature. If they do not meet proficiency of the exam in May, they must do a project as outlined by State regulations. The students may have received at letter regarding Biology and meeting proficiency using StudyIsland. This is not necessary for this class.
Beginning with the Class of 2015, students must demonstrate proficiency on Algebra I, Literature, and Biology to meet the graduation requirements. If proficiency is not met by the beginning of the senior year, the students will be placed in a course to work on projects for each non-proficient subject.
The Challenge Program wants to give you a check for $250!
Seniors, juniors, and sophomores, don’t forget that The Challenge Program wants to give you a check for $250 for your hard work during the school year in the categories of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Community Service and Academic Excellence. Check out The Challenge Program at www.tcpinc.org for more information and the latest news about The Challenge Program at your school and suggestions about where you can job shadow or volunteer in your local community.
Help Our School:
How would you like to be part of getting money for our school by doing nothing out of the ordinary? Just by using your shoppers cards at Target and Martin's you can help. The following programs will help earn money for our school.
Martin's A+ School Rewards Program: Click here for more information.
Pause Before You Post and Bullying Initiatives
The Altoona Area High School and Jostens are sponsoring an initiative against bullying both here at school and in the cyberworld. For more information click here.
Our Students Get Involved With the Mountain Lion BackPack Program
The BackPack Program has been a nationwide program of the Feeding America Network since 1995, designed tomeet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends. The concept was developed in Arkansas when a school nurse noticed that students were coming to her with stomachaches and dizziness on Monday mornings due to hunger. It operates in partnership with the school district.
Each Friday during the school year, children enrolled in the program receive a backpack filled with easy-to-prepare meals and snacks in a safe and discreet manner. They bring their backpacks home, knowing they will have food for the weekend, and return the backpack to their teacher on Monday. The program runs for 30 weeks, October through May. Though the program has guidelines in place, it also has flexibility to be designed around the specific needs of each individual community. Items are included for breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverage and snack for Saturday and Sunday. Samples of food items that might be included in the backpack would be granola bars, instant oatmeal, cereal, Pop-Tarts, 100% juice boxes, tuna, soup, easy macaroni meals, Spaghetti-O’s, ravioli, peanut butter, fruit cups, pudding cups, Jell-O cups.
All food is purchased through and shipped from the district food bank that services our area, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg.
Development of Mountain Lion BackPacks has been with the cooperation of the Altoona Area School District and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg. In its first year, the program fed 100 students weekly at Wright Elementary School and has been given approval to feed all children with this need at Wright School this school year. It is the hope of Mountain Lion BackPacks to eventually expand to all elementary schools in the district.
AAHS students in a variety of clubs, organizations and sports pack and deliver the backpacks each Friday. Heather Little, the local organizer sent this message to Mrs. Burlingame, “One of the teachers stopped me to say how wonderful it was to see the high school students permitted to participate like they do. She went on to add that it was very encouraging to see the whole group come every week, different students each week, all eager to be part of helping out. I just thought you should also receive the kind words of appreciation.” We are proud of students and appreciate their support of this valuable program.