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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Altoona Area High School is an above average, public school located in Altoona, PA. It has 1,778 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 79% in reading.
Address
1415 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
Telephone
(814) 940-6986
Website

Altoona Area High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
79%
Percent Proficient - Math
73%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1130
310 responses
Average ACT
28
12 responses
AP Enrollment
9%
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Cost of Living
    B+
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$36,741
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$606
National
$949
Median Home Value
$85,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
58%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 97 responses
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  • Football games
    24%
  • Pep rallies
    20%
  • Music department trips
    11%
  • Dances
    10%
  • Myrtle Beach trip
    9%
  • None, they rarely include everyone.
    6%
  • Astronomy Club trips
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,778
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$62,028
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,313/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses
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Great opportunities for all! There’s a club for almost everything, so everyone has a place to fit in. Because the school is so large, it’s difficult moving from class to class in the short amount of time to get from building to building, I had to run most of the time. Some teachers and staff are very sexist. The education is good, though.
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Altoona Area High School provided an amusing point in my life. This school is overall pretty great compared to other high schools. The school is full of diversity, so I was able to make friends of all kinds. Almost all of the teachers showed care and support in my academic career, and put effort into understanding my teenage life. The clubs were decent, but that is because a lot of the finances went to the sports more than the clubs. It was a little upsetting. College readiness was not exactly a keen point in this high school, though. However, I did not take Advanced Placement classes, so it is unsure on how much different it was. I was able to use some skills and techniques from several classes, but college was definitely a lot different. I think Altoona Area High School needs to add life skills to the curriculum. I was not prepared whatsoever for life after I graduated, and in today's society, it is a big necessity to know how to live.
Altoona Area High School is a school chalked full with opportunity. There are several clubs, sports, and organizations to be a part of. It really gives you the chance to help others, all while finding yourself. The teachers love their jobs, and will even treat you like family. They will fight for you when you need them, and really help you through the hard times. Many students that attend the school are living in poverty, living with abusive parents, living with nothing. The teachers and faculty will help the student(s) find a better path. The Altoona Area High School, though large in size, acts like a family.