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What are the Best Cyber Charter Schools in PA? [An Honest Review]

What are the Best Cyber Charter Schools in PA? [An Honest Review]

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (PA Virtual) was one of the first cyber schools established in the state and has served thousands of families over the past 20 years. We believe in providing a comprehensive education for each student. This includes personalizing learning for each student and providing social and leadership opportunities through monthly field trips and over 20 online clubs.

We are experts in our field:

  • PA Virtual received one of the highest Act 82 Building Level Scores out of all cyber charter schools in the state, per the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 2019.
  • PA Virtual was also the first cyber charter school in the state to have its charter renewed by the Department of Education in several years; PA Virtual’s charter has been approved through 2024. 

 

PA Virtual is a trusted resource for families exploring the cyber model. We are passionate about k-12 education and understand how important picking the right school is for families. Here is a list of cyber schools in Pennsylvania that have solid reputations for serving students and families.


Best Cyber Charter Schools in Pennsylvania

 

PA Virtual Charter School

Founded: 2001

PA Virtual has over 2,500 students enrolled in grades k-12. PA Virtual has the highest Annual Growth Expectations among PA cyber charter schools in Science/Biology.


21st Century Cyber Charter School

Founded: 2001

21st Century is a smaller school with just over 1,000 students and serves students in 6th-12th grades. 21st Century received the highest Act 82 Building Level Score of the 14 cyber charter schools in the state.

Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PALCS)

Founded: 2004

PA Leadership is a mid-sized cyber charter school serving students in grades k-12. The school offers a Center for Performing and Fine Arts program with a brick-and-mortar center in West Chester, PA, and also offers the program online.

Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA)

Founded: 2003

Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) is one of the largest cyber charter schools in the state enrolling over 9,000 students and serves students in grades k-12. CCA recently opened a state-of-the-art aquaponics facility called AgWorks at their main campus in Harrisburg. Students learn about aquaponics, hydroponics, and aeroponics at this facility.

 

Esperanza Cyber Charter School

Founded: 2012

Esperanza is a small school (under 500 enrolled) serving bilingual students in grades k-12. Esperanza has exhibited exceptional growth in their Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) scores. Esperanza reported the highest Annual Growth Expectations among PA cyber charter schools in both English Language Arts/Literature and Mathematics/Algebra 1.

 

Final Thoughts

 

These are cyber schools you may wish to consider depending on your family’s specific needs. Here are the 5 Questions You Should Ask When Choosing a Cyber Charter School.

 

Are you interested in learning more about cyber charter schools? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Attending a Cyber Charter School In PA. This guide will help you weigh the pros and cons of cyber charter schools and help you decide whether your child would benefit from a cyber charter school. In addition, this guide shows examples of curriculum and includes an extensive comparison of all cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, and much more.

 

Want to learn more about PA Virtual? We invite you to attend an upcoming online open house. We are a PA cyber school serving students and families all across Pennsylvania, and we're currently enrolling for the fall.


This online open house will be much like an open house you would attend at any other school. You will learn about our curriculum and teaching methods, you will get a peek inside our virtual classroom and see how it works, you’ll get a hands-on demonstration of the technology we use, and of course, you will get to meet other parents and staff here at PA Virtual Charter School.


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