B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Address
1415 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
Telephone
(814) 940-6986
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Altoona Area High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
72%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1130
254 responses
Average ACT
28
9 responses
AP Enrollment
9%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 93 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
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,739
Free or Reduced Lunch
57%
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
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
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.45 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.45 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.45 responses
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Altoona Area High School Reviews

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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.
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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.
I am a high school senior at Altoona Area High School. My overall experience has been okay. I feel that only half of the teachers at our school really want to be there and the ones that don't really show it. Our 12th grade principal could care less about anybody but himself. If you have a problem, don't bother going to him, he will tell you your "problem" doesn't meet the requirements, that make him have to help you. The food is god awful. Everything seems so processed, frozen or under cooked. Even the salads. But there are some positives, I feel Altoona has an excellent educational system for the underclassmen but are lacking a little on college prep for the twelfth graders.