Happy New Year! We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year for our University Scholars Program! It is not too early to begin exploring your options for next school year and see if PALCS, or USP, is a good fit for you and your family!
The University Scholars Program (USP) is a cyber-blended, honors college-preparatory program for eligible students in grades 6-12, enrolled in PALCS. USP opened its doors in the fall of 2005, and has over 245 middle and high school students today. As a highly competitive and rigorous program for students, eager to learn at a more advanced level, an additional application and test is required for acceptance to the program.
Students may participate in the program either virtually, or on-site at our Advanced Ideas Center, located in West Chester, PA. The Advanced Ideas Center provides a small learning community, with an average class size of about 12, where individual and diverse academic achievement is valued and supported in this blended learning situation. The University Scholars Program Curriculum focuses on synapse building through problem-solving, rich experiences, and challenging content. Lessons are designed to be interdisciplinary, engaging, project-based, and to spark intellectual curiosity.
If accepted, students participate in the program two to three days per week. Middle school students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and every other Friday, while high school students attend on Mondays and Wednesdays, and every other Friday. Classes are generally offered from 8:15 am to 2:45 pm. Classes range from 60 to 90 minutes, allowing students to take at least four classes a day. Students who are accepted into USP will take their core classes through this program, and their electives either online through the PALCS, or at our Center for Performing and Fine Arts Program (CPFA).
Families interested in The University Scholars Program may attend our upcoming USP Information Session on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 6:30 PM. Details about this event may be found here. Anyone interested in applying to USP may begin completing a USP Application. After the application is complete and all required documents are submitted for review, qualified students will be invited to come in for testing. If accepted into USP, you will receive your official acceptance letter a few weeks after testing is done and decisions are made. The early decision application deadline is March 1st, and the final deadline is July 19th, however, spots fill up quickly so we recommend getting everything into us early if your family is interested! Good luck, scholars!