Academics - Ambridge Area School District


Program of Studies


The course selection books for the Middle School and High School are attached below.  Both selection books are a comprehensive review of all core content and elective courses.  Students and their parents/guardians can use the selection books to map out a course of studies for their Middle School and High School academic careers.


The content, skills, and assessments for each course are presented in the District’s Curriculum Maps. These maps are aligned to the Pennsylvania Standards.  The elementary course of study is organized as prescribed by the Department of Education.  Reading which is considered to be the most important area, receives the greatest time allotment, and is integrated within all other areas.  In reading, the children are exposed to multi-teaching strategies. Numerous supplemental materials are utilized to enrich and enhance the program.

Social Studies is taught as a combination of geography and history.  Mathematics, health, science, and handwriting are included in the daily schedule.  Art, music, and physical education are once a week. Kindergarten students receive library and physical education once a week.  Instrumental music lessons and chorus are offered to fifth and sixth grade students as part of the curriculum.  Libraries are in operation in all the elementary buildings with the services of a librarian/media specialist.

The district has built an intervention block into the elementary schedule. During this time the students are placed into flexible groups where the students receive remediation and or enrichment on a given skill. The students are placed into smaller groups led by the grade level classroom teachers, Title I reading specialists and special education teachers the size of the groups are much smaller than during a regular instructional period, allowing for a better teacher to student ratio. The students are pre-assessed to identify what group they should be in and our post-assessed to determine if they have mastered the skill or additional remediation is necessary. The intervention periods allow for intense research based remediation for all students that need it, not just those who have an Individualized Education Plan. In addition it allows students who do not qualify for the gifted program to still receive the appropriate enrichment activities on the given skill.

High School
Program of Studies
Middle School
Program of Studies

Grading Scale

Grades in most classes will be calculated by percentage and be reflected as such on the report card.  The grading scale used at Ambridge Area School District will be based on a four point system (i.e. A=4; B=3; C=2, D=1; E=0).

Letter Grade







90 – 100

80 – 89

70 – 79

60 – 69

below 59

Quality Points






Weighted Courses

A student must earn an “A”, “B”, or “C” grade to receive the additional weighted value.  A student who receives a “D” will obtain the credit value for the course but not the weighted value.  The following is an outline of courses which have additional weight.

Weighted GPA will be calculated in two steps.  The first step is to calculate a “Non-Weighted GPA” on a 4.0 scale.  Once this GPA is calculated, an add on factor for “Advanced Placement” and “Honors” courses in grades 11 & 12 will be combined with the Non-Weighted GPA in the following manner.

AP / Dual Enrollment






Add-On Factor




No weight assigned

No weight assigned







Add-On Factor




No weight assigned

No weight assigned


Advanced Placement




Dual Enrollment

Ambridge Area High School offers the following Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses. The AP Program is a nationally recognized, rigorous curriculum sponsored by the College Board. The program provides an opportunity for high school students to choose college-level courses and receive undergraduate college credits or advanced standing, if their AP Exam scores qualify.

More than 90 percent of colleges in the United States give credit or provide advanced standing to students whose AP Exam scores are within a specified range. AP students may be required to take the AP Exam in May. Students seeking to receive AP accreditation must take the exam.

Advanced Placement Biology

Advanced Placement Calculus AB & BC

Advanced Placement Physics I, II & C

Advanced Placement European History

Advanced Placement Psychology

Advanced Placement Computer Science A

Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles

Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition (Dual Enrollment)

Advanced Placement English Language & Composition (Dual Enrollment)

Advanced Placement Spanish IV

Advanced Placement Statistics & Probability (Dual Enrollment)

Advanced Placement Environmental Science

Advanced Placement Chemistry (Dual Enrollment)

College Algebra (Dual Enrollment)

College Prep English 12 w/CCBC (Dual Enrollment)

College Prep English 11

Applied Technical Design w/ CAD (Duel Enrollment)

Honors Communications IV

Honors World Cultures

Honors Government & Economics

Honors Technology I & II

Pre-Calculus (Dual Enrollment)


Italian III

Italian IV

Italian V

Spanish III

Spanish IV

Spanish V

Curriculum and Instruction Office

King, Barry
Assistant to the Superintendent, District’s Safety Officer, Safe2Say Primary Contact, Right-to-Know Open Records Officer, Pennsylvania School District Liquid Asset Fund (PSDLAF) Primary Contact, Title IX Coordinator

Central Administration

724.266.2833 x2269

Hopkins, Cathy

Central Administration

724.266.2833. ext. 1273

Demase, Rebecca

Central Administration

724.266.2833 x2319