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About This School

Gettysburg Area High School is a public high school in Straban Township. The principal of Gettysburg Area High School is Dr Richard Gulas. 1,151 children attend Gettysburg Area High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 32% of the 1,151 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Gettysburg Area High School is 13:1. Biglerville High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Latin
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 81%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 10% 11%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 33%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    As a student I may have a bit of a skewed view on my school but for being inside I think it is a great school. Most of the teachers are great and a few are inspirational luckily I have had many of those amazing teachers. Yes there are a few teachers who are just bad at teaching but you can't expect every teacher in the school to be an amazing inspirational teacher. For how many teachers we have I think we have a great number of quality teachers. Going into eleventh grade I have already had been called to the Guidance office to talk about colleges twice and the counselors always push to take the more challenging class which I think helps. If you struggle almost all teachers have days they stay after to help students and other students can tutor you or even other students. I love my school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree with the comments made about the guidance office and teachers. Some teachers are wonderful and some are really bad. I have had a son graduate last year and currently have a daughter in the 11th grade. Both my children have been in the special education program and that program definitely needs some overhauling. These students struggle enough without getting lost in the system! There needs to be some reevaluation and hard looks at this very important program. They seem to be more interested in the 'gifted' students - they would be surprized at who is truly 'gifted'.

  • (6 years ago)

    I agree with both reviews. I have put 2 students through the Gettysburg School System The high school needs a lot of work. My daughter struggled and got NO help especially from the woefully lacking guidance department. My son was brilliant and involved and also got no help from the guidance department. he and I constructed his own successful college search. Art department is very good but the band program is pitiful and needs a total overhaul. So much talent is wasted. Discipline lacking throughout. A beautiful facility that lacks leadership.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended Gettysburg Area School District from k-12. This school is so mixed up its hard to rate. There are teachers at the high school that will change your life and teach you with incredible passion. Then there are also teachers that resent the most basic elements of education and should have been removed from the staff roster years ago. Administration is shaky to say the least but there are a few vice principals that know their stuff. I was prepared for college courses by my teachers but was not given college entrance guidance in any form that actually helped. The facilities were incredible and the schools love of the arts was a constant. Discipline was too reserved. As the previous review mentions a little house cleaning would do a lot of good and a better guidance department.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school needs some work! Try a real counselor's office for starters. Vice-Principals I feel your pain. You are qualified and doing your best and you are not really allowed to use your expertise. Teachers are an odd mix between really good and really bad. Someone needs to clean house.

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