Altoona Area High School

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Senior Class

Assistant Principal:
Mr. McGinnis - 946-8232  

Ms. Rogan (A-K) - 946-8372
Mrs. Biesecker (L-Z) - 946-8281


            This is your year.  Let’s make it a positive one!  Make the most of the many learning experiences here, both in and out of the classroom.  Remember that good attendance counts for continued success in school as well as in the world of work.

            When you are in need of assistance with your educational career planning or with personal problem solving, and decision making, be sure to stop in or make an appointment and take advantage of our services. 

Below, we have listed information that is extremely important to you as a senior.  Please read each item thoroughly, and see us if you have questions.





 Tuesday, October 3 from 6:00-8:00 PM

The POST HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY FAIR will be held in the field house.  All seniors should attend the evening program with a parent/guardian.  Numerous institutions-including trades, technical, business, college, military and financial aid representatives will be here to discuss their programs and requirements for admission.


Tuesday, October 17

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given here at 8:00 AM. Please sign up in the Counseling office if you have not already taken this exam and are planning to join any branch of the military.


Tuesday, October 24 from 6:00-7:30PM

A FINANCIAL AID NIGHT for you and your parent or guardian will be held at the high school AUDITORIUM.  If you are planning on furthering your education, you should attend this evening session.  A guest speaker will address your concerns regarding State and Federal Financial Aid and answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form.  The FAFSA should be completed by all college bound seniors


Tuesday, November 7 from 9:00AM-6:00PM

FAFSA WORKSHOP for parents. FAFSA can be completed with representatives from PHEAA. Tax documentation is necessary and the FSA ID. Please call 946-8286 for an appointment. Appointments take approximately 90 minutes. Meetings will be in the AAHS Career Center B100




When registering for the SAT, it is very important to send your scores to the colleges you are considering by entering their codes in the send reports section.  A number of colleges only accept scores sent directly from the testing service.






English- 4 credits

Social Studies- 3 credits

Mathematics- 3 credits

Science- 3 credits

PE- every school year

Health- .5 credits



See your counselor as soon as possible if you are missing a required subject or wish to see how many credits you have earned.  Failures of required courses must be made up in Summer School.



All seniors must successfully complete a senior project in their English classes. Your English teacher will guide you through this process.



Seniors must attain proficiency on the Keystone Exam and/or project in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.

Prove proficiency on Biology, Algebra 1, and Literature exams OR complete Study Island during the 1st semester. Certificate of completion is given to Mr. McGinnis. Students not completing this requirement will be placed in a Skill Refresher course for the spring semester.



Senior Responsibilities


  1. Use the school’s resources to continue career planning:
Career planning literature and a comprehensive online program at are available in the Career Center for your use. Using these tools, you can obtain information concerning occupations, post high school training opportunities, military services and financial aid.  To schedule an appointment, sign up beside the Career Center door.


  1. Apply to college and post-high school education programs:
Begin applying to post high school programs now. College websites will have information on the admissions process and directions for completing your college applications online.
Check the college website for specific deadlines. Some colleges and competitive majors have early application deadlines.
If you use a paper application, bring all forms and fees to your counselor after you have completed the information in the student section. If you apply online, you need to notify your counselor in order to have your transcripts sent. PLEASE WATCH DEADLINES! You need to give materials to your counselor at LEAST TWO WEEKS before the deadline.
If you need a recommendation from a counselor or teacher, you also need to allow a minimum of two weeks notice. This may impact your ability to meet the application deadline.
Notify your counselor of your post-high school plans. It is your responsibility to have a final transcript sent to the college of your choice.


Apply for Financial Aid
When gathering college or post-high school program information, be sure to request financial aid resources. Many honors, awards, or work-study programs are offered only through the college’s financial aid office.
Financial aid & local scholarship information is also available in the Counseling Office. All current scholarships are located inside the door of the counseling office AND are posted on the high school’s website at
Every college bound senior should create a username and password called an FSA ID in September. Learn about the FSA ID at gov/fsaid.
FAFSA form can be filed starting October 1. Some colleges may also require you to file additional forms.  Check your college website to determine which forms are needed.
College, scholarship, and other information is given on the daily announcements. If you do not hear the announcements, they are posted on the Counseling Office door daily.



 *Be aware that college and post-high school programs base acceptance on senior performance and the expectation of continued excellence.  Also, many scholarships are conditionally awarded and can be rescinded if senior grades fall below standards.



*The person who has the biggest stake in your education is you. It's up to you to stay on top of opportunities and deadlines and to take control of your future!


College Planning and Financial Aid Websites

 1. :  Information on the SAT and AP tests

  • SAT registration
  • College planning and admission information
  • Scholarship search and loan information
2. ACT registration
3.  Online application for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Takes you step-by-step through the application process
4. : For students planning on participating in athletics at a college or university
Student athletes register on this site and pay a fee if interested in playing Division 1 or 2 sports
Eligibility information can be found here and with your counselor


5. Comprehensive site for future planning

    Self-assessments and study skills/test taking tools

    How to research and choose a school

    Application tools

    Financial aid information: FAFSA, loans, and



 6.  Financial aid information

                                                Link to Grant and Scholarship search



  Career and college exploration

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