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The University Scholars program (USP) is a  highly competitive program for accelerated and motivated learners who are enrolled at PALCS.

USP offers:

  • Honors and AP courses for motivated students in grades 6-12

  • Online/on-site blend (West Chester, PA) or Online (Statewide)

  • High performance, high achievement, competitive admission

  • Empowers and inspires learners in a supportive environment

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The University Scholars Program (USP) is an honors college-prep program within the PA Leadership Charter School (PALCS).  PALCS is a public Cyber school available to all K-12 students in Pennsylvania.

The USP program offers a focused, fast-tracked set of courses for students in grades 6-12. With this in mind, we use two methods: an on-site/online blended program in West Chester, PA, or a complete cyber program for statewide students. We designed our program to make the most of the intellectual skills for high reaching, striving learners. Lastly, it also supports and values each student’s personal and academic triumphs.

With this in mind note, entry to the USP is very competitive. Only students enrolled in PALCS may apply via a USP application.  Therefore, we do not accept all PALCS students to the University Scholars Program. Learn more »

The University Scholars Program application for the 2019-2020 school year has closed. However, if your student is entering the 7th grade and you are still interested in applying, please contact universityscholars@palcs.org. The application for all grades will open back up in January for the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back in early fall for USP Information Session dates.

USP Academics

University Scholars Program curriculum provides accelerated and college preparatory courses. Students have access Honors and AP courses as well as a STEM program.

English

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Math

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Science

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Social Studies

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USP Staff

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Want to Learn More? Meet us in Person

Information Session – West Chester

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ebensburg PotatoFest Festival

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Online Information Session

September 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Online Information Session

October 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Shout Outs

Mrs. Parris – USP English Teacher

Mrs. Parris is such a fun person to learn from! English has always been my least favorite subject and classic novels used to be my biggest dread. However, I’ve only been in her class for two months and I look forward to it everyday! Thank you, Mrs. Parris!

Courtney Snyder, Student

Mrs. Kathleen Johnson – USP History Teacher

Mrs. Johnson is an amazing teacher! She is really funny and very helpful. She will help you and answer any questions you have. Thank you Mrs. Johnson!

Abigail Clement, Student

Two daughters are attending the University Scholars Program onsite in both the High & Middle schools. The staff and teachers have continued to instill the love of gifted learning.

Joseph Coleman, Parent