Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school.
Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. -ASCA
School Counseling Mission Statement  
A. The Altoona Area Secondary School Counseling Department is committed to promoting and enhancing the learning process. The counseling program is designed to encourage and assist with the academic, career, social and personal development of all students in relation to their total school experience. Accordingly, the school counseling program reflects the Altoona Area School District's primary and secondary mission.
B. The school counselor's role is to develop and implement the planned program, which directly addresses key goals of academic success and career development.
C. The counselor is the key figure in the program, working directly for the benefit of the students and serving a s a resource person for parents, teachers, and administrators in helping children and youth meet their developmental needs. The focus of the counseling program is on the individual student for whom the counselor strives to provide a meaningful educational experience.
D. The ultimate outcome is for students to maximize their potential and to acquire the skills to meet their individual and career goals.
Under the leadership of department chairperson, Drew Yingling, the AAHS counseling department works diligently to support AAHS students.
Mr. Yingling
Department Chair
946- 8278
"I hope to help one student at a time achieve their potential and realize their strengths."

Mrs. Anderson
"The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. " ~Winston Churchill
Mrs. Yahner
"Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow."~Walt Disney
Mrs. Johanadies
"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" ~Henry David Thoreau

Ms. Rogan 
"Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow."~Walt Disney
Mrs. Biesecker 
"The best part about my job is working directly with my students, watching them mature and learn to become independent, responsible young adults and helping them reach their goals."
Mrs. Starr
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Mr. Westrick
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Mrs. Fox 
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Ghandi
Mrs. McGinnis
Counseling Office Secretary

"The best thing about being the guidance secretary is having the interaction with the students."
Mrs. Brubaker
Counseling Office/SAIT Clerical Aide
"I get great satisfaction from assisting students!"
Location:    Altoona Area High School
                   Second floor B building –
Room: B200
Hours of Service:  Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM