Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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Junior High School

401 First Street, Freedom, PA 15042 | 724.266.2833 | f. 724-869-5321
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As part of the Ambridge Area Junior High School career initiative, approximately 200 8th grade students experienced a college or university visit at one of three local campuses. This initiative was supported by Junior High School Principal, Mr. Cooke, and the Junior High Career Team.  The Career Team includes Mrs. Bober, Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Hamiliton, and Ms. Scaletta.

Throughout the months of January and February, students were given the opportunity to visit the Community College of Beaver County, Penn State Beaver, or Geneva College.  On all three field trips, the 8th graders were able to tour the campus, take part in informative discussions, and get a first-hand experience of college life.  While not all students are planning to go to college, this was a great opportunity for our young adults to get more informed about the many options they will have after their graduation in 2021!  Ultimately, all of our visits and presentations strongly encouraged the importance of taking challenging classes throughout junior high and high school, attending school regularly, and thinking critically about the future.

We are so pleased we could provide this opportunity to our 8th graders, and we look forward to the bright futures they will be carving for themselves during their time in the Ambridge Area School District and beyond!


On Thursday, March 9, 2017 Ambridge Area Junior High School held its third annual Career Day.  The seventh and eighth grade students were given the opportunity to gain information about six different careers.

The JH was fortunate to have approximately 40 presenters from a wide variety of careers.  Participants included representatives from post-secondary schools, such as CCBC, Robert Morris University, Bradford, Pittsburgh Technical College, and the Beaver County Career & Technology Center.  We also had individuals from the health care field, law enforcement, EMS, as well as a social media specialist, a Google employee, and a geologist.  Also included in our group of presenters, were individuals employed Cana film and video, photography, individuals from Haemonetics, First National Bank, CYS, Entrepreneurship (Ambridge Connection), Grandpa Joes Candy Store, K-9 officer, AASD UMPC Athletic Trainer, SWAT Team Vehicle.

The Career Team would like to thank the AASD Administrative team for attending our Career Day. 

Career Day- ‘Very impressive!  I thank all those staff members who organized the Career Day at the Junior High School and the professionals who gave of their time to participate in this event. I spoke to several students who both appreciated and learned a great deal from this valuable educational experience. Again, thank you to all who participated.’

Dr. Joseph C. Dimperio

Acting Superintendent of Schools

Finally, a thank you to our principal, Mr. Shaun Cooke, for his unwavering support, our entire junior high staff for all the help and support given to us, and to our students, who were active participants in Career Day. Thank you to Officer Woods for arranging the Emergency Vehicles to attend.

On Saturday, February 4th, ten students from the Junior High School participated in the MathCounts competition at Penn State - Beaver.  Rhiannon Bosh, Jonathan Ciani, Xander Dowlin, Connor Finnegan, Kyla Fitzgibbons, Jeremiah Giordani, Ezra Hanna, Joshua Hovan, Marissa Kennedy, and Elliott Powell competed against students from 8 other Beaver County schools. Four of our students placed in the TOP 10 after 3 rounds of competition.  Connor Finnegan came in 10th, Xander Dowlin in 7th, JeremiahYou Giordani in 6th, and Jonathan Ciani 2nd.  This qualified Jonathan to compete at the state level MathCounts competition in Harrisburg on March 11th.  In addition, each school selects a 4 person group for the team round.  The teams compete for a spot in the state competition with only the 1st place team qualifying.  The Ambridge team earned 1st place!  Congratulations to Jonathan, Xander, Kyla, and Elliott for being able to represent the Junior High and Beaver County in Harrisburg.  Please join us in congratulating all of the students and wishing our state competitors good luck!


Jr High Science Fair Winners January 19, 2017


1st Place - Dinah Bailey

2nd Place - Matt Kowalsky/Brady Eisel

3rd Place - Jacob Ernst

4th Place - Dominic Santia

HM - Jacob Kotula/Will Hrinko

HM - Maura Devine

Hello Ambridge Junior High Families,

In accordance to the Act 71 guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education we will be hosting our yearly Signs of Suicide Program.  This program is tailored to educate students on the signs of suicide and help them report their concerns to a responsible adult.  The 8th grade program will be held the morning of November 10th and the 7th grade program will be held on the morning of November 14th.  Please see the attached document for more details.  I have also included a link to more information on Act 71 if you would like more details. Thank you and Have a great day. 


SOS Parent Letter 2016

Congratulations to Tyler Sproul, a seventh grader at Ambridge Area Junior High, whose poster was chosen by The Highmark Caring Place as one of their posters for Children's Grief Awareness Day on November 17th! Great Job, Tyler!