SHS Academic Program
Students in the District's high school have a choice of many different paths to take when looking at their future. The school offers classes in business, technical arts, computer science, and the arts in addition to academic classes of English, science, mathematics, and social studies. Foreign Languages, home economics, physical education, and health classes are also part of the school's curriculum. Five Advanced Placement courses are offered in the upper grades. In addition, distance learning and independent study options are available to students who have interest in subjects not offered in the building or for those students who have completed all of the offered coursework in a subject area.
For additional information, please see the Student Handbook.
The Allegheny Valley School District continues to emphasize the importance of academics in its classrooms, procedures, and activities. Staff and students alike understand that although education incorporates many areas, academics must play a key role. To that end, Springdale Jr-Sr High School offers several opportunities to recognize students for high academic achievement.
The High Honor Roll requires an overall average of 94% for the grading period and an absence of a 79% or below in any one-credit subject. These requirements are based on a full class load, minimum of seven credits. Incomplete grades must be removed before admission to the High Honor Roll. The Honor Roll requires an overall average of 80% for the grading period and an absence of a 79% or below in any one-credit subject. These requirements are based on a full class load, minimum of seven credits. Incomplete grades must be removed before admission to the Honor Roll. Students must be taking a minimum of six course credits unless otherwise specified by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to be eligible for the Honor Roll.
Began in 1984 to award high achievement, an Honors Banquet was developed by the high school guidance department and administration. The District hosts this event each May in conjunction with the Allegheny Valley Education Association (AVEA) and the Springdale Jr-Sr High School Student Council. The event brings together staff, students, and their parents to celebrate high academic achievements of the school year. To qualify for the banquet, a student must average 94% or higher for the first three quarters of the school year.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is the leader among organizations and societies that promote appropriate recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in each of the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service.
Membership in the National Honor Society shall be based upon scholarship, service, leadership, and character as recommended by the National Honor Society organization. Invitation to the Society is based on cumulative grade point averages beginning in grade 9. Candidates eligible for membership must have earned an 90% or higher in their ninth grade year through the first two semesters of their current grade level to be considered.
A faculty committee consisting of five members appointed by the principal will evaluate student credentials and make the final selections for those inducted into the National Honor Society.