In order to enroll in PALCS, students must…
Kindergarten students are accepted based on the age requirements of their local district. This is usually 5 years old by a certain date in the fall of the current school year; please check with your local district.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, “school age is the period of a child’s life from the earliest admission age to a school district’s kindergarten program until graduation from high school or the end of the school term in which a student reaches the age of 21 years, whichever occurs first.”
Students must have a permanent residence in Pennsylvania. Families are welcome to travel, but must spend the majority of the school year in Pennsylvania.
Students may not be expelled from their current district.
Students who have temporarily dropped out of school may return to public schooling with PALCS to finish their high school education, provided the student is under 21 years of age and will graduate before the end of their 21st year.
Please see the “Application” tab for more information.
Please see the “Required Documentation” tab for more information.
After receiving your documents, your orientation will be scheduled for the soonest available enrollment window. See the “Enrollment Calendar” tab for dates, then see the “Orientation” tab for information about the orientation.
PA Leadership works with families and students who have been displaced from their homes or who are living in a place that is not fixed, regular, or adequate. Information for Homeless Students (.pdf) | (.rtf) (either will open in a new window)
Move onto the “Application” tab to learn about the application process. If you have any questions at any time, please contact us.
Families apply to PALCS by submitting a registration packet and additional documents. The registration packet is available as an online application or by mail.
The online application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You, the parent/guardian, will be asked to:
You will create a personal account with an email address and password. Once you begin, you’ll be able to save your application and return later.
The application will ask for information about:
- Your student, including his or her demographics, current/former school, special educational programs and medical information
- Your parent/guardian information, including your emergency contact information, residence and household languages
We will also ask both the student and parent why you chose PALCS.
Please see the “Required Documentation” tab for more information.
In addition to completing your application (explained on the “Application” tab), you need to submit several documents. Having your documents ready will help make the enrollment process much quicker and easier for you. We must receive your required documents before we move on to schedule your orientation (explained on the “Enrollment Calendar” and “Orientation” tabs). Use the checklist to help you get ready.
Download Checklist (.pdf)
ONE of the following for the student
- birth certificate
- baptismal certificate
- record of baptism – notarized or duly certified and showing the date of birth
- notarized statement from the parents or another relative indicating the date of birth
- valid passport
TWO of the following for the parent/guardian with whom the child resides
- current utility bill
- full copy of lease
- property tax bill
- vehicle registration
- current driver’s license or DOT identification card
Document must be in the name of the homeowner or payee, must reflect the current address, and must be current (within the past 30 days).
Items NOT acceptable: credit card statement, bank statement, envelope, checks, etc.
Information for homeless students is available on the Residency tab of our Policies page.
One copy of the child’s immunization record.
Other medical and dental forms may be provided, but are NOT necessary before enrolling. The immunization record is the only required medical document for enrollment.
Requested Academic Documents
- Grades K – 9: copy of the most recent report card.
- Grades 10 – 12: copy of the unofficial high school transcript and the most recent report card.
If enrolling in the middle of the year, include grades/progress reports for every completed quarter of the current school year.
If homeschooled, send homeschool report card/transcripts as available, and include signed evaluations from the previous year and for each year of high school.
If applicable, parent MUST include a copy of the student’s most recent:
- IEP (Individualized Educational Program)
- NOREP (Notice of Recommended Educational Placement)
- ER/RR (Evaluation/Re-Evaluation Report)
- Invitation to Participate
- Permission to Evaluate and/or Waiver forms
- any other psychological or related service evaluations pertaining to Special Education
Requested Additional Documents
Internet bill with detail or installation document. Provide a current internet bill showing a name, address, date, and itemization or installation document.
Court-issued custody or guardian document. This is required, if applicable.
Documents may be sent by one of three ways:
How soon can you enroll? Move on to the “Enrollment Calendar” tab.
2018-2019, next school year:
Enrollment now open for all grades K-12. Orientations will take place later this spring and summer for a Fall 2018 start. Orientations completed on or before August 30 will be enrolled for the first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year: Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
2017-2018, current school year:
The first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year was September 5, though enrollment remained open after the start of school.
- Grades K-8 enrollment closed on March 19, 2018.
- Grades 9-11 enrollment will close on April 26, 2018. All applications and documents must have been received on or before April 18.
- Grade 12 enrollment closed on November 1, 2017.
Please note that your registration packet and all materials must be received before your orientation can be scheduled. Please allow time for your packet to be received and processed by our admissions department. Your orientation will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For academic marking periods and holidays, please see the PALCS academic calendar.
Learn about attending your orientation, the last step before enrollment. Move to the “Orientation” tab.
Once we’ve received your application and additional required documents, an admissions representative will contact you to schedule an in-person orientation for you and your student. Your orientation will help prepare you for success in the cyber environment at PA Leadership. You can learn more about what happens at an orientation by watching our enrollment info video.
Orientations will take place regularly in our West Chester and Pittsburgh offices. Please speak with your admissions representative if you require special accommodations.
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