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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 1,770 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 68% of students are at least proficient in math and 71% in reading.
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
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
68%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1130
372 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
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$38,592
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$623
National
$949
Median Home Value
$87,600
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
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
59%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 100 responses
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  • Football games
    24%
  • Pep rallies
    19%
  • Dances
    11%
  • 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
1,770
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,519
Teachers in First/Second Year
9%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
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
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.47 responses
34%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.47 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 responses
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Altoona Area High School Reviews

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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.
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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.
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.