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  • 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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  • Welcome Freshman Gettysburg Area High School Freshman Orientation

    Thursday, August 17th

    10:00 AM to 1:30 PM

     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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  •  2018 Senior Portraits and Yearbook Submission

    GAHS is excited to announce that we will be using a new photographer this year for senior portrait sessions, Brienna Richelle Photography.  Brienna is a GAHS alum with a local photography studio.  BRP will be providing the formal portraits required for the yearbook.  In addition, BRP will also have available the option for personal sessions which include location and outfit choice.  Students will schedule their own portrait time through the booking link, and the photos will be taken at Brienna's studio located at 25 Montclair Road, Gettysburg.   


    Brienna has been providing a quality experience to her clients since 2006 and is looking forward to working with the senior class at GAHS.  She has put together a senior guide with detailed information on what to wear as well as the options for sessions and ordering.  We encourage you to take the time to look through the guide that may be viewed by clicking this link.  If you have additional questions not answered in the guide, feel free to contact Brienna directly by phone at 717-253-7026 or by email at


    Brienna has added a page to her website specifically for GAHS seniors with links to the booking pages and the product guide.  You can view the GAHS senior page through this link.


    Students are required to have their formal portrait taken to be included in the yearbook.  The formal session will be 10-15 minutes with the drape/tuxedo provided at the studio.  There is a fee of $25 for the formal portrait, which includes full editing of the selected photo, submission of the formal portrait to the yearbook, and a complimentary 5x7 print.  Additional orders may be placed through an online link that will be emailed after the session.


    Students may choose to select a portrait session that includes additional causal outfits and outdoor locations.  These options include:

         The Yearbook & One Look session:  includes the yearbook formal and one casual outfit.  The session fee is $35 and includes editing of the          selected photo, submission to the yearbook, and one 5x7 print of the formal portrait.  After the session, an ordering appointment will be              scheduled to view portraits and order placement.

         The Senior Experience session:  includes the yearbook formal portrait and up to three casual outfits at an outdoor location of choice.  The            session fee is $75 with session time approximately 90 minute.  The session fee includes editing of the selected photo, submission to the              yearbook, and one 5x7 print of the formal portrait.  After the session, an ordering appointment will be scheduled to view portraits and order        placement.


    In order to meet GAHS yearbook deadlines all formal portraits must be taken by September 15.  Please use the following links to schedule the type of session in which you are interested.   




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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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  • Amazon Smile

    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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