The elementary program (K-6) provides classroom instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics,
science, social studies, library media skills, informational
technology, fine arts, health, safety and physical
Students are provided with high standards, a curriculum framework which enhances learning and fair assessments aligned to Pennsylvania standards. An intervention system addresses learning needs.
Grade level technology standards are demonstrated by students as they complete interdisciplinary projects each semester. All classrooms have access to mobile laptop computer carts.
Hands-on activities and problem solving are a major focus of the science program which includes integrated activities related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Full-day kindergarten session are offered district-wide. Kid Writing gets children writing on the first day of kindergarten. Teachers create a joyful, risk-free environment with high levels of challenge and support.
Specialists and classroom teachers provide instruction in choral and instrumental music, art and physical education. Instructional coaches, speech clinicians and counselors work with individual students and/or small groups.
Altoona Area Junior High School
Students attending the state-of-the-art junior high school (grades 7-9) are challenged by a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with state and national standards.
Since the school opened in 2008, students have enjoyed larger classrooms, updated classroom equipment and furniture, a comfortable learning environment and outstanding facilities for athletics, music and fine arts.
Seventh and eighth grade students are clustered in small learning communities where they work with teams of teachers in the core subjects of science, math, reading, English and social studies.
Ninth grade students take core classes organized by department as they begin meeting requirements for their high school diploma. Numerous electives, including a new AP geography course, allow students to explore their interest and choose their academic pathways for high school and beyond.
Courses are offered at the honors, academic, core academic and co-teaching levels. Co-taught courses provide a maximum level of instructional support.
The addition of an eighth class period enables teachers to develop curriculum that addresses content and is vital to student success.
Teachers supplement classroom activities through "anytime/anywhere" wireless Internet and network access. There are 24 mobile laptop computer carts available throughout the school creating an impressive 3:1 student-to-computer ratio.
Extracurricular, co-curricular and intramural activities are plentiful. Athletics, Student Council, journalism, numerous clubs, and music are just a few of the opportunities.
Altoona Area High School
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 core
academics curriculum cluster combines the rigor and theory of an academic
program with hands-on learning activities, career exploration and
College credits can be earned by taking any of 19 Advanced Placement courses which include English, calculus, statistics, biology, chemistry, physics,
computer science, American history, European history, comparative
government, American government, music theory and harmony, French, German and Spanish, studio art as well as micro and macro economics.
Many of these AP courses are partnered with three post secondary institutions through dual enrollment giving students another way to earn college credits.
A Career Education Center, an extensive School-to-Work program and a Service Learning program help students make important post high school choices.
A CLIP program creates small learning communities which integrate learning in the core subject areas.
An extensive list of extracurricular activities is available to all
Superlative indoor and outdoor facilities are used by students for physical education and for intramural and interscholastic sports.
An alternative education program meets basic educational, developmental and societal needs not currently being met in the regular school setting
for identified grade 7-12 students in at-risk situations.
Special education programs meet the needs of gifted children as well as those with a variety of disabilities.
The AASD provides services to identified gifted students in all eight elementary schools as well as at Altoona Area Junior High School and at Altoona Area High School.
Children are given many opportunities to excel through participation in programs like Mock Trial, MATHCOUNTS, Speech League, Scholastic Scrimmage, the reading competition sponsored by IU08 and the Junior Academy of Science.
The AAHS School-to-Career program prepares students for the workforce with hands-on experience.
The new AAJHS positive behavior support program knows an ROAR has improved student attendance and decreased disciplinary infractions.
Specialized programs meet the needs of at-risk students enrolled throughout the district. On-site human service coordinators are available to work with students.
Character education is a major focus in all elementary and secondary schools. Appreciation of diversity is fostered at all grade levels.
Teams of students and teachers are working to promote respect for diversity. The AASD Collaboration Team supports these efforts.
The AASD Student Assistance program, one of the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, has received national recognition for its work with at-risk students.
The Leaning Express Preschool at Washington-Jefferson provides special help for developmentally-delayed three and four year-old children.