Student Performance

The Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School is one of the best performing charter school — of both cyber and brick-and-mortar charter schools — in Pennsylvania for ACT scores.

In 2017-2018 school year –

SAT Test Score Information – PALCS students scored 1166 overall on the SAT, higher than the state average of 1073.

ACT Test Score Information – PALCS students obtained an average composite score of 26.1 on the ACT, higher than the state average of 23.7.

AP Test Scores Information –  93 students took 162 AP exams with an average score of 3.9. 87.1% of these students obtained a score of 3 or higher.

In July 2017, out of all local districts, charter and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, PA Leadership Charter School comes in 10th place for the highest ACT scores in the state, as reported in July 2017 blog. 

Previously, PALCS was the best performing cyber charter school in Pennsylvania for senior SAT scores in the Class of 2015 school year, and the #2 charter high school overall, as reported in March 2016. For the 2016-2017 school year, PALCS students continue to beat state averages in both SAT and ACT scores:

PALCS Standardized Testing
PALCS SAT Average: 1166
State SAT Average: 1073

Test Prep

College-bound PALCS students can choose to complete the SAT and/or ACT. The PALCS guidance department will help students find dates and locations for these tests, and we offer a course for high school credit to help student prepare.

The SAT/ACT Prep Course

½ credit | Fall or Spring | Grades 10-12

The SAT/ACT Preparatory Course will utilize the website to increase a student’s understanding of the SAT/ACT exam. This course will build a student’s vocabulary, reading and math skills using teacher monitored tools and additional materials.

In this course students will:

  • Improve reading comprehension
  • Learn college level vocabulary
  • Practice writing timed essays
  • Increase understanding of college level math
  • Expand grammar usage

It is recommended, but not required, that students take the PSAT prior to enrolling in this course.

Looking for other grades or courses? Visit our curriculum page!

As PALCS is a public school in Pennsylvania, PALCS students participate in state-mandated standardized tests: the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and the Keystone Exams.

  • PSSAs: Taken by every student in grades 3 through 8 in language arts and math. Students in grades 4 and 8 are additionally tested in science.
  • Keystones: Taken by students after they have completed English Literature, Algebra 1 and Biology courses, usually in early high school grades. Completion of the Keystone Exams is also part of the graduation requirements at PALCS.

Though PALCS is a cyber school, state standardized testing will take place in-person at various locations around the state, proctored by PALCS teachers and staff. Attendance and participation at in-person state assessments is mandatory, and parents should plan transportation for students, allotting time for test completion.

PALCS is the best-performing cyber charter school serving all grades K-12 in Pennsylvania. Complete PSSA information can be found directly on the PA Department of Education website, We are listed as “Pennsylvania Leadership CS” on the Charter/Cyber Charter tab.


PALCS students complete all their regular day-to-day schoolwork online. After students receive instruction from their teachers, local assessments such as course-level quarterly exams, quizzes, and unit tests are completed much like in a brick-and-mortar school, though they are completed on computer through our school website. Tests and quizzes, combined with writing, projects, media submissions, online discussions, live participation, and more factor together to create the course grades for PALCS students.

PALCS Course Catalog

MAP Testing

As part of our language arts and math courses, PALCS students periodically participate in online Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing to check that students are comprehending and progressing through their instructional school year. This adaptive test allows students to complete open-ended questions to the best of their ability. In turn, the data from MAP testing helps PALCS teachers correctly tier students into course difficulty levels, so we can support or challenge our students as necessary into on-level, academic, college-prep, and advanced/honors/AP courses.

Learn more about our curriculum, broken down by grade level:

AP Testing

Students completing AP courses may cap their course by completing the AP exam in their completed course. In 2018, 93 students took 162 AP exams with an average score of 3.9.

87% of students obtained a score of 3 or higher on AP exams taken at PALCS.