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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
    B+
  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 1,684 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 71% in reading.

Altoona Area High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1130
436 responses
Average ACT
27
13 responses
AP Enrollment
8%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$40,536
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$685
National
$949
Median Home Value
$88,600
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
72%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 104 responses
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  • Football games
    25%
  • Pep rallies
    18%
  • Dances
    12%
  • Music department trips
    11%
  • Myrtle Beach trip
    9%
  • None, they rarely include everyone.
    6%
  • Astronomy Club trips
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,684
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.38 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.38 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.38 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,519
Teachers in First/Second Year
9%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,034/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
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Altoona High has a lot of clubs for everyone’s interests! Whether it be music, sports, or clubs that sharpen your academic skills; Altoona has the club! The teachers are all very supportive of their students.
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The Academics at the AAHS are amazing! There are so many great educational opportunities available for everyone, no matter your interests. There are issues with the administration and safety of the school. There is very little interaction between the student body and the administration.
It is a good school, but it has been annoying to deal with all the construction. Almost all of the teachers are great. I love all of mine they help me to actually learn the information while making it interesting to learn. There is a fair amount of diversity and a lot of the teachers and counselors are willing to help you get ready for your after school experience whether it is in college or another type of schooling they offer to write recommendations and other things to help you.