PALCS has approximately 2600 students, so there may be approximately 2600 reasons why families choose PALCS — every situation is different! That said, we do meet with families who have common goals and needs for their students.
Individualized academics, pacing and scheduling
Cyber school allows students to work at a speed that fits their individual learning needs. Students have a window of 1-2 weeks to complete work, allowing them to work ahead or spend extra time on assignments. This setup helps:
- Gifted students move faster than in other educational settings.
- Special Education students work in the safety and support of a home environment.
- Students take specialized courses rarely offered by local districts.
- Children of families that travel often.
- Athletes with complex scheduling needs.
- Those focusing on the arts and needing extra time to develop their talents.
PALCS is not just for students with unusual schedules or needs. It is a great place for any student who has a supportive parent or guardian and would enjoy learning via the Internet.
Combining the best interactive curriculum with skilled teachers who are online every day helps students engage with the material and with their teachers more than in the traditional brick and mortar setting, even allowing some students to progress faster than in other schools.
Health, safety and the home environment
Cyber school minimizes negative socialization by reducing the risk of bullying, drugs, alcohol, gangs, fights, and the fear associated with an unsafe environment. Our school is ideal for students who have trouble attending school for health and social reasons.
PALCS is also a great choice for young parents. We offer a teen parent support group.
Cyber school provides all of the advantages of homeschooling without the added stress and workload placed upon homeschooling parents. Qualified, experienced teachers bring instruction into the safety and comfort of the student’s home. Parents or guardians are able to monitor student progress and provide basic assistance.
Eliminating unnecessary time-wasting like busing, changing of classes, lunch periods, and discipline issues allows students to complete their schoolwork much quicker than in a brick-and-mortar school. This gives families extra time to connect with their community. Students can build friendships within faith-based communities, community sports teams, neighbors, and other home-based learning groups.
Take our compatibility quiz to help think about some ways cyber school may be a good fit for your family.