School Counseling Center

Helping your child achieve success across academic, career, and personal and social domains is of the utmost importance in helping them achieve their life goals. It is our privilege to work with you as parents, grandparents, guardians, and community members to provide your children (our students) with the most comprehensive resources available to promote overall achievement and wellness in a safe and engaging learning environment.

Academic Planning

Academic planning and course scheduling are vital components of a student’s educational journey. It is our goal, at AASD, to empower students to make informed decisions, optimize their time and resources, and maximize their learning potential.

  • Course Catalog
  • Grading Scale
    94% – 100% = A
    86% – 93% = B
    78% – 85% = C
    70% – 77% = D
    0 – 69% = F
    Distinguished Honor Roll
    Students must achieve a combined average of 93% or above for the marking period, with no grade below an 86% in any subject.
    Honor Roll
    Students must achieve a combined average of 86% or above for the marking period, with no grade below a 77% in any subject.
  • Graduation Credit Requirements
    English—4.0 credits
    Mathematics—4.0 credits
    Science—4.0 credits
    Social Studies—4.0 credits
    PE/Health—2.5 credits
    Fine Arts—1.0 credits
    Electives—9.5 credits
    Total of 29 credits
    Pennsylvania Pathways to Graduation
  • Student Schedule Change Form
  • Transcript Request Form

Earn College Credits in High School

  • Dual Enrollment
    Students in grades 11 and 12 will be offered college-in-the-classroom courses, offered by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and taught by our own highly-qualified teachers. Students will receive high school credit for each course they pass and will have the opportunity to receive college credits for each course at a fraction of the cost of a traditional college course. It is a great opportunity for students to earn college credits, while saving time and money.
  • Dual Enrollment Courses offered by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
    Dual Enrollment Courses through UPB
  • Students can also earn college credits through Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC). NPRC offers in-person college courses and the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in four areas of study.
Dual Credit Courses

Austin Area students have the option to enroll in the following courses:

  • BIOL 0091 Concepts of Biology
  • CHEM 0089 Concepts of Chemistry
  • ECON 0101 Economics in the Modern World
  • ENG 0101 English Composition I
  • ENG 0110 Literature & Interpretation
  • GEOG 0101 World Regional Geography
  • PHYS 0103 Concepts of Modern Physics
  • PS 0102 American Political Process
  • PSY 0101 Introduction to Psychology

Career and Technical Center

Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center (CTC) offers the most current and relevant education and training in 10 highly sought-after vocations. The program is open to students in grades 10 through 12 who meet academic criteria. At CTC, students have the opportunity to earn college credits in their program through Penn State University. Students at the CTC learn both technical and soft vocational skills while earning industry-recognized certifications. The 10 programs offered at CTC are Auto Mechanics, Building Construction, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Engineering Technology, Health Services, Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Networking, Public Safety & Security, and Welding.

College & Career Readiness

Career Class

The Career Exploration and Development course is designed to assist students in exploring various career pathways, understanding their own interests and strengths, and preparing for future career opportunities. The course incorporates a comprehensive approach to career development, including guest speakers, college visits, career exploration activities, and projects. Throughout the course, students will engage in hands-on activities and discussions to enhance their self-awareness, career decision-making skills, and knowledge of different career clusters.

What Do You Want to Do?

Please explore these resources to learn more about your personal and career interests and opportunities.

Career and Technical Center

Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center offers a variety of vocational programs designed to prepare students for careers. During this half-day program, students engage in hands-on learning taught by people who know what it takes to succeed in the workforce. Talk to our guidance counselor, Carrie Burgett, about how to enroll, available programs, and what you can expect.

College Entrance Exams

Students in grades 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to take the NMSQT/PSAT and SAT School Day exams during the school day, at their home district. The schedules for each exam will be posted at the beginning of the school year.
Parents and students are encouraged to create an account on College Board to have access to PSAT and SAT scores and to schedule additional testing at local testing sites if desired.

Paying for College

Financial Aid

National Scholarships & Resources

Local Scholarships
We’ll post scholarships available to local students here.


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