Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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Middle School Transition



Ambridge Area Middle School will have a familiar face at the helm when doors are opened for the 2018-2019 School Year.


Ambridge Area School Board of Directors approved the transfer of Mr. Thomas McKelvey to the position of Middle School Principal at the June 13 meeting. He currently serves in the position of State Street Elementary Principal. He will begin his new role as Middle School Principal on July 1.


Mr. McKelvey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, Special Education and Middle School Level Science from Slippery Rock University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his Master of Science in Education, K-12 Principal Certification from California University and most recently has been accepted into the Doctoral Program at Point Park University.

He began his professional career in the Beaver Area School District as a special education and general educator, and also served as a Behavior Consultant for the Watson Institute. He also has served as an Assistant Principal at Woodland Hills Academy (K-8). Mr. McKelvey is certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention.


His awards and honors include but are not limited to: Discovery Educator’s Network Star Educator, PTA Extra Care for Kids Award Recipient, Distinguished Service and Scholastic Excellence Award, Community Service Recognition Award and Golden Key International Honor Society.


“We are pleased to have Mr. McKelvey continue to serve the Ambridge Area School District,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent. “He is a caring and committed educator. He is a person of great integrity.  He will serve the students, teachers and community of our new middle school with enthusiasm and dedication.”

Registration Procedures for New or Returning Students

New or returning students to the Ambridge Area School District are required to provide the following documentation in order to complete the enrollment process:

Complete the Registration Packet

Provide Copies of Immunization Records

Provide a Copy of Authorized Birth Certificate

Please call Cathy Hopkins at 724-266-2833, Ext. 1273 to schedule an appointment to register or for questions pertaining to the registration process.


Advanced Course testing for all incoming 6th,  7th and 8th grade students will be administered on several dates in June and July. Sixth graders who score well on the tests will be eligible to participate in an accelerated 7 class. Students who qualify for the accelerated course will be required to complete an online sixth grade course this summer.


Tests will be administered under the guidance of two middle school teachers. Testing dates are as follows:

June 4

June 6

June 11

June 13

June 18

June 20

June 25

June 27

July 9

July 16

July 18


Tests will be administered at the Ambridge Area High School between 9 and 11 a.m. 


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Field day fun at Ambridge Area Middle School! Fifth, sixth and seventh grade students had the opportunity to mingle at the newly-named middle school while getting familiar with each other and the building.

A special thank you to School Resource Officer Jason Woods for being such a good sport at the dunk tank!


Our gratitude also goes out to the following businesses for contributions to the event:


Ambridge Do-It-Best

Creekside Water

Bruster’s Ice Cream

D9 Beats, Music Services – Robert J. Bires

Stuvach Printing & Graphics – Tim Kovach

Ambridge JROTC

Ambridge Senior High Interact Club

Ambridge Senior High Art Club

Baden Subway

Baden McDonald’s

Sewickley Library


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Guidance Counselor Genifer Scaletta meets with fifth and sixth graders to discuss the new Ambridge Area Middle School Course of Studies for the 2018-2019 School Year. Students will have the opportunity to select several new courses for the upcoming school year that were added as part of the transition from a Junior High School to a Middle School. The 2018-2019 Middle School Course of Studies is available here.