A cyber charter school is a tuition-free public school where students are taught from home through instruction provided via the internet and a computer. At PA Cyber all students are given a state-of-the-art laptop or desktop computer, a high-speed internet connection, and textbooks. Students take real-time classes via the Internet with certified teachers, as well as lessons that are designed to move at the student's own pace.
At PA Cyber your child will be given an unprecedented degree of accessibility, flexibility, and efficiency so that he or she has the opportunity to receive a high quality education and prepare for the future. This means each student will receive a great deal of personal attention from teachers, have more extensive course offerings than traditional schools, and learn in safe environment.
We offer curriculum from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
PA Cyber is a public school so the tuition costs are paid by dollars allocated by the state and district of residence for each child's education.
Any student who is a resident of Pennsylvania may enroll in PA Cyber.
Yes, all PA Cyber curricula are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
PA Cyber is open all year long, which gives students choices and flexibility. Students in grades K-7 are required to complete 900 hours of instruction, and students in grades 8-12 are required to complete 990 hours of instruction. We recommend that approximately one hour be spent on each subject per day, which is about five hours per day. Each student is required to attend school 180 days per year.
The progress of a student is monitored by the student's Academic Advisor and teachers. The way it is monitored greatly depends on the type of curriculum that is chosen at the time of enrollment; however, you and your child will be able to see any grades for work submitted at any time via the Internet.
Reports are frequently generated to determine which students are not meeting the attendance requirements. If a student is not meeting those requirements, the IS will contact the student and parent immediately to address the situation.
PA Cyber is committed to providing the resources that each student will need in order to reach his or her full potential educationally, creatively, and personally. Each student is provided with a computer, multi-purpose printer, high speed internet connection, curriculum, textbooks, technical support, and a Pennsylvania certified teacher who monitors each student's progress.
Students do not need to have an extensive knowledge of computers to be successful at PA Cyber. Our trained technical staff has the ability to walk students through problems they may encounter using their new computer. We also provide a step-by-step guide to setting up each student's new computer as well as a technical "welcome packet." Training on our various programs is also offered throughout the year.
PA Cyber offers various field trip opportunities throughout the year for students, their families and friends. Many of our students also establish friendships with other PA Cyber students participating in the Virtual Classroom, the Family Link and PA Cyber++. Some of our students also choose to join clubs and teams in their areas on their own and create lasting friendships in that way.
Two programs are designed for students to gain credit. One program focuses on students enrolled in a team sport or class; the other focuses on students without the means or desire to attend such activities in their area. The state requires 36 hours of participation for grades K4 through 6, and 72 hours for grades 7 through 12 in order to gain credit.
Yes. PA Cyber follows Pennsylvania's Chapter 16 for gifted education.
PA Cyber requires that adults are home to supervise the student, but class schedules are flexible for working parents
If your residency changes to a different district within Pennsylvania, you will need to contact your IS and provide the name of the new school district and a new proof of residency, which can be in the form of a tax statement, mortgage statement, or lease. If your residence changes to an out-of-state location, services through PA Cyber can no longer be provided. However, PA Cyber does have affiliate schools in some states, so be sure to ask if there is an affiliate available in your new area.
To graduate from PA Cyber, a student must successfully complete the following requirements:
All school districts in Pennsylvania require students to submit a graduation project by their senior year. PA Cyber offers students two options to complete the graduation project:
With either option the Graduation Project which asks the student to reflect on the value of the project must be successfully completed.
Students who graduate from PA Cyber will receive a diploma upon completing all necessary graduation requirements. A graduation ceremony is held in early June for all graduating seniors and their families. The number of graduates increases every year, so locations vary. PA Cyber also offers graduating seniors a pre-ceremony celebration in order to meet their graduating classmates and teachers.