Student Life

A Club for Everyone

With nearly 40 clubs and organizations to choose from, students can participate in activities that interest them. From academic and STEM education clubs to civic and community-minded organizations; from hobbies and interests and skills and abilities to career-minded groups; the hardest part will be choosing what to participate in!

Each club has an advisor who will guide students throughout the year, providing structure and instruction, if necessary.

For a current listing of all clubs, please visit the Clubs and Organizations page on the district website.

Athletics

Williamsport Area High School offers 20 sports teams — 10 boys teams and 10 girls teams. Find schedules, directions, and more on our Athletics site.

Music

At Williamsport, we offer a variety of programs for our vocal and instrumental talent in a wide range of music selections from classical to contemporary. A Best Communities for Music Education for 16 consecutive years, Williamsport Area High School is proud to provide both curricular music education for students in vocal and instrumental coursework as well as non-curricular music participation opportunities. 
Specialized groups like our Strolling Strings, Marching Millionaires, orchestras, and vocal ensembles are often invited to perform at various community events and have even performed at the White House.

Learn more

Performing & Visual Arts

The high school’s drama club provides instruction and exercises in classic performance arts such as pantomime, improvisation, school dances, and script work which culminate in the production of plays and musicals throughout the school year. 

Visual arts teach students appreciation, knowledge, creativity, and expression for artistic and academic success. At the high school level, there are three different tracks students can pursue:

  • Two-Dimensional (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking)
  • Three-Dimensional (Clay, Sculpture, Jewelry)
  • Photography & Digital Media

Recognizing Excellence

In addition to clubs and organizations that students can choose to participate in, Williamsport Area School District participates in the following organizations where students are recognized for meeting various academic achievement and leadership criteria. Students are invited to be inducted into the organization.

  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society 
  • National Art Honor Society

Working Papers

Students between the ages of 14 and 17 are required by Pennsylvania School Law to secure a work permit. Students, who have reached 18, by state law, do not need working papers. (Exceptions to this regulation are 17-year-old students who have graduated or have officially withdrawn from school.)

Click this link to learn how you can apply for working papers: Working Papers WASD

Summer Opportunities

For Juniors

The Semper Fidelis All-American Program is a new honorary high school program that recognizes high school juniors from across the country who excel academically, athletically and within their communities. Selected students will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the Battles Won Academy with a mentor of their choice, in July 2018. The program provides the exclusive opportunity for these like-minded student athletes to win a scholarship, tour the nation’s capital, hear from industry professionals, visit the Marine Corps base in Quantico and network with one another. In addition, being honored as a Semper Fidelis All-American is a great resume builder and will be acknowledged amongst colleges. Go to this website for more details: sfaap.marines.com

Interested in Business, Health Careers or Agriculture? 

  • Lehigh University Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive - current sophomores or juniors
  • The University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy - current sophomores or juniors
  • Penn State Pennsylvania School for Excellence in Agriculture Sciences - current juniors only

These are four-week residential learning experiences for high school students. Check out these websites for more information:

Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences

Proudly hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, PGSS is an ungraded summer enrichment program which is in session for five weeks, seven days per week. An intensive program in which the students take lecture courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. In addition, they are expected to participate in their choice of one laboratory course in either biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science and to engage in team research projects in one of the above five major discipline areas.


Student Drivers

Student Driving Regulations - Please keep this copy for a reference     

  • Driving to the Williamsport Area High School on a daily basis is a privilege granted only to those students who demonstrate a sincere need that comes with many responsibilities. 
  • Students must adhere to the following regulations if they are to retain that privilege.  
  • Driving Passes will only be issued to students that meet the requirements of the Student Driving Policy and have been granted permission to drive by his/her principal.
  • Parking stickers are to be attached to the FRONT WINDSHIELD (lower passenger side corner) of the vehicle that will be parked on campus. Note: Stickers ARE NOT permitted on the rear window.
  • Parking is only permitted in the appropriate sections of A Lot (Gym) 3rd section or B Lot (Auditorium) above the double white lines. If you fail to park in assigned areas, your parking privileges will be revoked.
  • Respect any school official supervising campus traffic.  
  • Speed limits are as follows:
    • 15 mph on campus (parking areas and road parallel to football field)
    • 25 mph on access roads
  • Beware of and yield to pedestrian and bus traffic at all times.
  • Reckless driving of any kind will not be permitted and will result in report of such behavior to appropriate police authorities and revocation of driving privileges.
  • Vehicles, with the exception of school buses, are not permitted in the campus traffic circle ("loop") between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Vehicles may not be left unattended in the parking circle at ANY time.  
  • Posted directional signs and speed limits on campus and access roads must be followed.
  • All parking areas are considered OFF LIMITS during the school day. Pupils may not return to vehicles until after dismissal from school.
  • If you leave campus without permission, your driving privileges will be revoked, and you will also be subject to other discipline.   
  • “Drug Testing for Students in the General Student Body” forms must be signed and returned before any consideration will be given to this application.  
  • The school reserves the right to make periodic inspections and/or random searches of: lockers, backpacks/book bags, gym bags or similar items carried to school by students, as well as automobiles driven by students to school. Notice is not required prior to a search. However, reasonable attempts to notify the student will be made by school authorities prior to the search.  Any illegal materials or contraband will be seized and may be used in disciplinary proceedings and may be turned over to police authorities.
  • If a different vehicle needs to be driven, please let the Main Office know or make Security aware upon arrival.

Violations of the student driving regulations, poor attendance, excessive tardiness or inappropriate behavior may result in driving privileges being revoked.

Student Services

The Williamsport Area School District’s Department of Student Services provides a wide array of assistance programs and comprehensive services to students, staff and parents. Student Services are coordinated programs of specialized services to students and families. The Student Services staff works in collaboration with other professionals and community agencies in order to meet numerous needs. Staff members address a myriad of issues including 

  • career education/planning
  • self-esteem 
  • interpersonal relations
  • absenteeism
  • peer mediation 
  • school safety 
  • mental and physical health

Backpack Program

A hands-on opportunity in school citizenship and service for Williamsport Area High School life skills students is helping to alleviate hunger and improve the educational experience for some of their peers.

In partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the high school launched a BackPack Program in 2016, which provides a bag of nonperishable food at the end of each week for participating students to take home and eat when school meal programs are unavailable.

One of the key components of the program is having life skills students handle the delivery of donated food, stock and manage the inventory, and fill the backpacks ahead of distribution every Friday or before a long break.

Each bag is typically packed with two breakfast options, two lunch options, juice boxes, and two snack options — one can of fruit and one can of vegetables. The marriage of the program with the school's life skills curriculum helps provide an authentic, real-world experience for those students.

The BackPack Program is funded by the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation through a grant from The Harry Plankenhorn Foundation and by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The high school is actively searching for additional funding and donations to make sure the program can continue throughout this school year and in future years. 

Food Donations  

Food donations can be dropped off at the main office of the Williamsport Area High School between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donation can be made payable to Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation and directed to Mr. Greg Hayes, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.

Program Enrollment

To enroll a student in the program, see your guidance office for the appropriate form.