Altoona Area School District

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu

Secondary Education

Junior High School Program

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 AP and a variety of elective courses, allow students to explore their interests 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 and differentiated interventions..

An eighth class period enables teachers to develop curriculum that addresses individual intervention and enrichment and is vital to student success.

Teachers supplement classroom activities through "anytime/anywhere" wireless Internet and network access. There are 27 mobile laptop computer carts available throughout the school creating an impressive 3:1 student-to-computer ratio. Mobile iPad carts are also bringing 21st century learning to students.

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities are plentiful. Athletics, Student Council, journalism, numerous clubs, and music are just a few of the opportunities.

Altoona Area High School

A U.S. News & World Report Bronze School recipient, 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 occupational experiences.

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 students with a focus on service to the community.

Superlative indoor and outdoor facilities are used by students for physical education 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.