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Altoona Area High School

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Posted April 26, 2013

This school worships their football players (who aren't even that good?) great special education programs, but this school is way too concerned about appearances of their students and not about the kid themself


Posted October 3, 2009

Altoona High School is a safe, caring environment for our teens. They have curriculum that fits every child's learning needs. Plus they ready our children for the future. They offer vocational technical certificates, extensive college preparatory curriculum and help finding the perfect college and/or career for our children through job fairs. Altoona High is progressive in that they treat our teens as responsible adults and our teens react with responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

very good a ton of extra activities
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

I am a former student and I must agree that the school takes great pride in its sports and music programs; however, one must look at the number of students able to participate in them. The school provided me with a concrete base to achieve greatness in my further education at both Penn State and Mt. Aloysius. I saw many Altoona teachers go above and beyond to try to help them. There are some students that struggle and unfortunately parents are always quick to blame the school rather than looking at the incomplete assignments and lack of interest. Altoona provides many areas to excel in with its elective courses as well as the partnership with Vo-Tech. If a student leaves this school district with nothing, then it is the parent's as well as the student's fault. Being overlooked is a lifetime battle; some overcome it, others make it an excuse.


Posted April 18, 2008

As a former student, I must disagree with many of the disgruntled parents that do not feel the school offers a quality education. While athletics and involvement do seem to effect an appearance of favoritism, I do believe it is a direct result of the more intense contact between the active students and teachers and not as a result of favoritism. There are many ways to become involved and take advantage of the education; perhaps the disgruntled parents are too involved in other things to help their children take advantage of what is at their fingertips instead of looking down their noses at these advantages. One recommendation for improvement would be college-preparedness, not with curriculum but with overall preparedness and guidance, especially concerning financial aid.


Posted November 3, 2007

The Altoona Area School District only concerns itself with a 'us versus them' mentality. They are more concerned with the football team than academics. Unless your some of the select few students you are treated as 'no bodies' and I say that because I was a former student their myself. The school administration is well paid with the poor performance of the students it teaches and graduates. It sends out a lot of non-prepared students to the 'real' world. The school system is wasting tax payers money by building an 'Unjustified!' Junior High when Keith and Roosevelt were just fine. Whats sad is even teachers agree with this assessment, not just us parents. The school is in the hip pocket of local law makers and school board members who have done a disservice to the community as a whole. They are more concerned to their own pocketbooks, not yours!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2006

[ I also agree with most reviews here] I think the school is too caught up in sports than worrying about what's important. Sure there are a lot of activities to choose from but if you don't take part in anything the school has to offer it's like they look right over you. On the other hand, if you do take part in any of the programs/activities held there they seem to favor you over the rest. Not saying I wouldn't recommend the school though. It's not the best though. They need to focus more on School itself and not certain individuals.. Why don't you see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

I thought that the level of parental involvment was minimal. Although some parents got involved, most were left out. There are a ton of extracurricular activities that you can be involved in too.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 10, 2005

I think Altoona Area High school is an excellent school system. Most teachers work very hard to assist students in achieving their educational goals, and my son had excellent treatment. There is a wide variety of educational programs for students to choose as well as a plethora of electives and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

I am a parent of two daughters that graduated from AAHS and both left the area to go to college. I can't express how happy I am that they are not subjected to the 'rat race' of this school any longer. The administration and staff have no interest in the true welfare of these children. Teachers are allowed to degrade, and psychologically effect these children. They completely misuese their power within their positions. I would not recommend this school to any parent or child, I would suggest moving outside of the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

This school was to worried about how a student dresses and what color their hair is than how a student is. The counslers are overworked, and the prinicpals are a joke. This school has a great athletic and music program, and if you are part of the higher level curriculum than you will do fine as long as you don't need help. The teachers try but there are often too many students and discipline problems to be of much help.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 18, 2004

This school district is only concerned about one thing athletics. Administration turns a blind eye to bullying and protecting our students. Students are only a number. Need help there is noone to listen to you. School board meetings last less than 30 minutes.Yes, Yes, Yes meeting over. Parents are so frustrated with this school district. Administration throws every road block it can into the path of a teacher and student. Your child attacked by a bully? Consider it swept under the rug. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil should be their motto. On a scale of 1 - 10 I give this district a minus 10. They need to take off the blinders, enact policies, update policies and get back to academics not who will bring home the next trophy. It isn't a matter of if it can happen here but when. Wake up Altoona
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2004

This school is too concerned with politics and not concerned enough about academics. There is more focus on whether or not a student has a nose ring and less focus on whether or not the student is failing a class. The school needs to reevaluate their priorities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 22, 2004

Altoona High School is a formatted curriculum that treats it's students as numbers. If you fit their mold you'll survive but it's an ugly process with continual pressure and teacher browbeating to meet their deadlines for grade cutoffs irrespective of doing projects accurately and to the best of one's ability. The curriculums are not geared to todays students but look for the path of least resistance for administrators. We have spoken many times with counselors about issues related to my sons individuality and survival and the bottom line is that it's not their problem unless you fit their mold. I have received lip service but no results since my son doesn't fit the mold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2003

The Guidance Staff is amazing. Always willing to help you out. Kids are cruel. But that is at every school. Teachers here are over all nice, but when you get into the lower level classes, discipline is a problem because the students don't seem to care and the teachers really seem not to care enough to correct them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

AAHS is a great school if you are looking for extracurriculars, sports, and music programs. However, all of this takes a backseat to test scores, and the students are treated like numbers instead of individuals. Higher-level students in particular, those who challange themselves with Honors and AP courses, are on the back burner and have last priority with a lot of things such as scheduling. Many of the counselors at AAHS are too busy dealing with the PSSAs and other red tape that the students feel neglected and feel helpless. As a former student of AAHS, I left feeling discouraged and anxious to get away from the community all together. The only positive words I heard from the administration of AAHS was at Commencement when the community was there to hear them. No child of mine will ever attend this school because everything going on there focuses on money and even the teachers have lost hope in the system here.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2003

When I attended Altoona High there were too many students per teacher. The overall quality of teaching was OK in my opinion. I do however remember one teacher in particular who I wasn't very fond of but his ways (which I didn't value at the time) ended up having a positive impact on my life.
—Submitted by a former student


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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

459 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

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The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

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The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

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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, science 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.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

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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, science 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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About the tests


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, science 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.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 71%
Black 5% 15%
Hispanic 1% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Soccer
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  • Volleyball

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1415 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
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