PALCS is excited to announce the launch of the Professional Studies Program (PSP) for the 2018-2019 school year! Formerly known as the School of Professional Studies, PSP will still be a custom career-related program for high school students in grades 9-12 that can package electives like a college major, but now the program includes expanded options and certification opportunities. Additionally, special emphasis will also be placed on the high school graduation portfolio courses to enhance practical skills, such as seeking volunteer and job shadowing opportunities and creating and maintaining an online portfolio or resume.
For the second year in row, PALCS is so honored and pleased to announce that we have ranked as the #1 Best Online School in the state of Pennsylvania in Niche’s 2019 Best School Rankings list. PA Leadership Charter School has also ranked as the #2 Best Online College Prep School in America (out of over 200), the #23 Best Online School in America (out of over 600), and the #7 Best Charter School in Pennsylvania (out of over 170).
Dr. Allyson Roberts first joined PALCS in 2005 as a music teacher when the school was just starting out and when the Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) was a mere idea. Now Dr. Roberts is in her 14th year at PALCS as the music department chair and student academic advisor at CPFA, a Doctor of Music Education and Pedagogy, holds a National Certification in Music Education and teaching piano, and is going to be begin her 24th year of teaching music. Dr. Roberts recently had an article published in the July 2018 issue of the Christian Chronicle.
On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the PALCS community, friends, and family of the Class of 2018 gathered for the 14th Annual Commencement to celebrate the end of their high school careers and all their accomplishments. This year’s graduating class consisted of 363 PALCS students. Over 150 members of the Class of 2018 joined together on stage in Lancaster for a day of celebration.
Happy commencement, PALCS Class of 2018! Graduation festivities will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Lancaster, PA. We will be celebrating over 350 students graduating from PALCS, many of whom will be traveling to Lancaster from around the state to stand on stage with their fellow graduates and faculty at the Lancaster Mennonite High School. The school has kindly served as our graduation location for over a decade.
Today is the last day of the 2017-2018 school year! We want to commend the entire PALCS community and celebrate what a wonderful year it has been! With the school year coming to a close, we want to thank and congratulate our staff, students and their families, all of whom have worked so hard all year long to do their best and reach their goals. Every school year comes with different challenges and hardships, but that’s part of what makes the last day of school so special each year. Today is a day of celebration! We want to encourage everyone to take a moment, take a deep breath, and reflect on what you have accomplished.
When Kieran Clark was in 6th grade, he was practicing and competing in gymnastics, which required about 20 hours a week. Every day, he would get home from practice at 9 pm, do his homework until 11 pm or later, and get up for school in the morning at 6:30 am. He was advanced in school, and one of his teachers commented that he could be doing a lot more in less time. The Clark family began to explore the different cyber school options and found PALCS.
Anagha Kapsi, PALCS 7th grader, is helping others figuratively speak through music. Anagha is involved in the Silent Voices Project, which evokes the ideas and words of children who lived and often died during the Holocaust through the music of contemporary children. The project aims to spread awareness that such inhumane acts should never be forgotten and never be repeated.
Meet Heather Smarick of Westmorland County: a 12-year-old figure skater, PALCS 6th grader, daughter, sister and so much more. She is a young lady whose ambition and dedication can be seen on a daily basis.
On May 8th, 2018 PALCS senior William McGregor was officially named a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.