The PA Leadership Charter School’s purpose is to provide an academically challenging, knowledge-based curriculum, individually designed for each child’s needs. PALCS will combine the benefits of a classical basics oriented education with the latest Internet / computer technology and the best teaching and learning education practices. By studying the lives and works of the great leaders in history, PALCS students will develop multi-cultural perspectives and a global awareness. PALCS will prepare students to be informed, responsible citizens with a global mentality who will succeed through mentoring leadership.
PALCS’s vision is to provide parents with an option for public education that tailors an educational experience to the unique needs of their child and allows them to receive that experience via the World Wide Web. The PALCS’s curriculum incorporates differentiated teaching within a strong academic environment. PALCS’s teachers are encouraged to develop their own curriculum, additional resources and alternative learning styles to ensure that each student experiences the pedagogy that is most effective for him/her.
PALCS’s policy requires that the parent or other Home Facilitator meet with the student’s teacher leader at the beginning of the student’s educational experience and once a year to review the Individualized Program of Instruction (IPI) developed by the teacher(s), parent and/or Home Facilitator for the student. Each student will receive instruction in music, art, foreign languages and technology as well as basic core requirements to ensure a well-rounded education.
Unique aspects of the school’s vision include:
- Individualized Program of Instruction (IPI) for each student that partners with the parent to provide each student an opportunity to learn taking into consideration his/her unique learning issues, schedules and motivations.
- Live teachers providing instruction in online classroom allowing students to attend class and do classwork wherever they can connect to the World Wide Web.
- Fully interactive technology that allows for live classroom instruction, live chat rooms and live individual instruction as well as timely responses to submitted assignments.
- Periodic conferences for students to allow them to excel in an area or discipline.
PALCS’s educational goal is to prepare students to be creative, intuitive and analytical leaders with a firm understanding of the forces, leaders and thinking that have shaped world cultures. The curriculum will prepare students to be problem solvers both individually and collaboratively using the problem solving skills developed through a comparative interdisciplinary study.
PALCS will teach competency in reading, writing, mathematics, history, science and the arts. PALCS will prepare students to be successful whether they continue formal education or enter immediately into the work force. The strong emphasis on computer skills will provide the tools to address the unique career and global opportunities facing them in the 21st Century. PALCS will evaluate each student twice annually to ensure that he/she is meeting state standards.
PALCS’s objectives include higher standardized test scores, improvement in the quality of performance-based assessments, improved student attendance, high graduation rates and superior teacher training. Teachers will help design and receive regular teacher training. The final objectives are enhanced motivation, higher satisfaction and morale from students, teachers, parents and/or Home Facilitator and community.
Students who experience difficulty will be provided extra tools and tutoring to keep them current with their peers, coordinated by a guidance counselor. The continuous grading provides instantaneous feedback for parents on a student’s performance. Regular e-mail communications between teacher, parent and/or Home Facilitator provides instructional activities to focus efforts and overcome deficiencies in performance.
The goal of PALCS is to nurture the natural curiosity of children, to instill the joy of learning and to motivate students to a lifelong fascination with their potential and their world.
Through regular online conferences, students will connect with their peers and interact in their core subjects and elective subjects.