Message From The Principal

  • Welcome to the home page for Gettysburg Area High School, a US News and World Report Silver Medal Best High School in PA for 2015, 2016, and 2017!

    Mr. Mark Blanchard

    Mark Blanchard, Principal

    334-6254, opt 2, ext 6252


    Kristy Caywood

    Kristy Caywood, Asst Principal (9th-10th)

    334-6254, opt 2, ext 6253


     Jeremy Lusk

    Jeremy Lusk, Asst Principal (11th-12th)

    334-6254, opt 2, ext 6282

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  • Gettysburg Area High School Freshman Orientation

    Thursday, August 17th

    10:00 AM to 1:30 PM


    Welcome freshman!  All incoming 9th grade students are invited to attend our Freshman Orientation program.   Returning high school students and administration will be here to welcome and assist you in preparation for a successful year.


    Orientation activities include:

    • Team Building
    • Social Media Presentation
    • Clubs and Activities Fair
    • Building Tour
    • Meet your Counselor
    • And more!

    A picnic lunch will be served at no cost (hot dog, fruit, carrots, chips, water).  Students may also choose to bring a packed lunch from home.


    All students will enter the building at the main entrance of the High School.   Parents may drop off and pick up their students in the front of the building.


    Please RSVP by Friday, August 11 using this link:



    The Counseling Center will be open before and after orientation for any scheduling questions and/or changes.


    Hope to see you there!

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  • instructions for accessing at home

    To access Its Learning from home, students and teachers should both login with their

    (For example John Doe is in the class of 2017, their login would be

    The password will be the same as their computer/network password that they use to log in at school.

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  • Free summer tennis program offered for kids

    Tennis For Kids

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  • Autism We are looking for parents interested in finding ways to expose their child or children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder to a variety of experiences that will help develop more social skills. Parents Diane Joiner, Meghan Riordan and Amy Vail are working with several affiliate agencies in the county (PA Counseling, ARC of Adams County, and United Way of Adams County) to establish "Autism Fun Nights".


    The objective of "Autism Fun Nights" is to offer a safe space for children who have difficulty in social situations to practice new social skills. Activities will include games, food, arts and crafts, and music.


    The events will be free of charge, and are open to 6 to 12-year-old children who have autism, or are suspected of being on the autism spectrum, and their siblings.


    If you have children on the spectrum or know of parents who may be interested in a social evening for you child, please take or share this survey to help us develop a program that fits the needs of most parents and their children. 


     To take the survey, click here.

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  • Father's Day

    Support the Gettysburg Area Education Foundation when you shop on Amazon. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to GAEF when our charitable organizations is selected by you!
    Which items are eligible for the 0.5% donation? Any item sold on the AmazonSmile Site which is marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on the relevant item detail page.

    Help us spread the word and begin using this link today: GAEF Amazon Smiles

    Service Learning

    Also Read: GAMS students perform service in community


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  • Backpack Program Partners with Community Aid: sustainability

    Ruth's Harvest The Gettysburg Area School District has agreed to partner with Partners in Adams County Support CommunityAid, a non-profit organization with a mission to help those most vulnerable in our local communities.

    All proceeds earned from the bins on our campuses will be earmarked for the Ruth's Harvest and Franklin Friends weekend meals programs in the District.  The District will receive a monthly donation, based on the amount of clothing items collected in the bins.  Additionally, our needy students will be eligible to receive clothing care cards to shop at their Hanover or Mechanicsburg stores.

    This is an easy way for your used (and clean) clothes to be converted to cash and support our students. Last year we had 230 students in Ruth's Harvest and 51 students in Franklin Friends programs.

    Please consider making a clothing donation!  (If you have more donations than will fit in the bin - we can make special arrangements with the CommunityAid organization so the District receives the financial credit.



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