Thank you for considering the best online school in PA,
Due to the high volume of applications for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, applications for new enrollment will be closed as of 5:00 pm on Monday July 27. Applications received after July 27 at 5:00 pm will be placed on a waiting list.
We encourage all families to read the information below on how to enroll in our online school in PA. Some key pieces to the enrollment process include starting an application, documents you need to submit and our orientation calendar. Also, we encourage you to learn more about PALCS here.
In order to enroll in PALCS, students must…
Be in Grades K-12
PALCS accepts Kindergarten students 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; therefore 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.
Allowed to Enroll
Students can not be expelled from their current district.
However, if a student has dropped out of school for a short period of time, the student may return to public school with PALCS. The student must be under 21 years of age and able to graduate before the end of their 21st year.
Be a Pennsylvania Resident
Students must have a permanent home in Pennsylvania. Though, students are welcome to travel, they must spend most of the school year in PA.
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” section to learn about the application process. If you have any questions at any time, please contact us.
Create an Account & Complete Information
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. You will also need to submit supporting documents. See below for what documents you provide.
We will ask for info about:
- Your student. Such as current or former school, special ed programs, medical info and data we can use to group your student (e.g., sex, age).
- Your parent or guardian info. For example, your emergency contact data and languages spoken at home.
Additionally, we will also ask both the student and parent why you chose PALCS.
As part of applying, you need to submit some documents. Therefore, having your documents ready will help you enroll quickly and easily.
We must receive your required documents before we schedule your orientation (see the “Enrollment Calendar” and “Orientation” sections below). Use this checklist to help you get ready.
Proof of Age
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
Please provide one copy of the child’s list of vaccines.
You may provide other medical and dental forms. However, we do not require them before you enroll. We only require the record of vaccines for enrollment.
Proof of Residency
Provide TWO of the these for the parent/guardian with whom the child lives:
- current utility bill
- full copy of lease
- property tax bill
- vehicle registration
Documents must be in the name of the homeowner or payee. Also, they must reflect the current address. Finally, they must be within the past 30 days.
These items are not valid: credit card statement, bank statement, envelope, checks, etc.
Information for homeless students is located on our Homeless Youth information page.
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 you enroll in the middle of the year, include grades/progress reports for each finished quarter of the current school year.
For homeschooled students, send homeschool report card/transcripts as available and include signed evaluations from the previous year and for each year of high school too.
Special Education Records
If it applies, you must include a copy of your student’s most recent:
- Individualized Educational Program, IEP
- Notice of Recommended Educational Placement, NOREP
- Evaluation/Re-Evaluation Report, ER/RR
- Invitation to Participate
- Permission to Evaluate and/or Waiver forms
- Also, any other psychological or related service evaluations pertaining to Special Education.
Requested Additional Documents
Proof of Home Internet Access
Documents may be submitted by one of three ways:
PALCS Main Office
1332 Enterprise Drive
West Chester, PA, 19380-5996
PALCS Western Regional Center
55 Alpha Drive West Pittsburgh, PA 15238-1401
First, you send us your application and required documents. Then, an admissions representative will contact you and schedule an in-person visit for you and your student. Your orientation will help prepare you for success at PALCS. We will discuss school policies, help you and your student navigate PALCSchool and Canvas (our Learning Management System), and answer any questions you might have. You will leave orientation with a laptop, 3-in-1 printer, and a microphone & headset.
Orientations are held in our West Chester and Pittsburgh offices.
As we practice social distancing and adhere to state directives, we are not requiring families to attend in-person orientations this Summer. We are connecting to our families virtually to prepare their children including live online Orientation sessions.
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Once you have submitted your application and supporting documents, we will call to schedule your orientation. Your student must remain in their current school until a start date has been established. We will schedule your orientation as soon as possible, please allow our admissions team time to receive and process your information.
We must receive your registration packet and all supporting documents before we schedule your orientation. Please allow time for our admissions group to receive and process your packet.
We will schedule your orientation as we receive your packet. Also, during the school year we will schedule orientations based on an Enrollment Calendar.
For school terms and holidays, please see the PALCS Academic Calendar
Ms. Stefanski – Guidance Counselor
Ms. Stefanski is a huge asset to USP! Her dedication and relentless efforts to support youth is beyond imaginable. As you walk the halls of USP, you witness her interacting with the students and giving them the time and attention they need. We know she wears many hats in her role as Guidance Counselor, but I cannot thank her enough for guiding me, as a parent, to investigate and identify underlying issues for my youth’s success. Thank you!!
Mrs. Miller – 7th Grade Math Teacher
I am not that great at math and am still working on it, but Mrs. Miller helped me so much with little things that made a big deal. She went above and beyond to ensure that I got what I needed to know and she made sure I understood what was being taught. Overall, she helped me and even made me like math(a little) anyways, Mrs. Miller has definitely made my experience at PALCS really special.
Rose Owens – 5th Grade Teacher
In two short weeks, after returning from her leave, Mrs. Owens has already connected so incredibly to my student through daily announcements, assignment feedback, and lots of sharing and asking in virtual lessons. Her positivity is a breath of fresh air and is inspiring me to model how I assist my student with lessons in the same upbeat manner. She’s honest and frank, but encouraging and really makes the students think about not just their answer, but how and why they are using that thought process. Feeling very blessed right now to have her not only teaching my child, but influencing her as well.