What is a Charter school?2020-01-07T11:22:46-05:00

A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.

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Is YSCP a Private School?2019-12-09T11:22:31-05:00

No. YSCP is a public school and operates under the State of Pennsylvania’s Charter School Act 22. As such, we are under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the State College School District.

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Is there tuition?2020-01-07T11:24:12-05:00

No. YSCP is a tuition-free public school. We bill each enrolled students’ school district for our allocation of funding as established by state law.

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What are the benefits of language learning?2019-12-09T11:24:00-05:00

This document(click here) will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences.

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How is YSCP different from a traditional public school?2020-01-07T11:31:42-05:00

There are many environmental and intellectual differences betweenYSCP and a traditional public school, but the biggest points are:

More one-on-one instruction: We limit our class size to 20 students per classroom.

Multi-cultural focus: YSCP is a multi-cultural school that focuses on rigorous academics for reading, science and math, but also integrates world cultures into our curriculum. Spanish and Chinese are taught in all grades.

Exceptional and energetic teachers: We hire only the best teachers who are totally committed to teaching.  We strive to hire teachers who are not only good instructors, but also have the personality and drive to make them the best at what they do.

Integrated computer learning: Computers are an essential part of the daily curriculum; portable laptops area available to all teachers or students may use computers in our two computer-learning areas.  iPads have been provided to 6th graders as a pilot program in 2012.

Parents love being involved at our school: We offer many opportunities for parents to get involved, from volunteering for field trips and classroom help, to assisting with our extended-day clubs.

We select our own curriculum: Our curriculum is not dictated by the school district.  The teachers select the accredited curriculum and recommend changes as needed.

Extended-day clubs: All students are invited to choose from more than 40 extended-day clubs; parents can pick up students until 5:15 pm each day.  Clubs include scouts, cooking, international dance or arts, technology, and many others.

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Is YSCP under the direction of the State College Area School District?2019-12-09T11:29:07-05:00

The only involvement that YSCP has with the school district is that the school district approves the award of the school’s charter, the documents that established our school under the direction of the PA Department of Education. YSCP elects its own Board of Trustees, hires its own staff and administrators and establishes its own policies and curriculum which adhere to established guidelines.

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Are your teachers certified?2019-12-09T11:29:40-05:00

Per state law, we are required to abide by the teacher certification laws of the PA Department of Education that apply to charter schools. In addition, our teachers are considered state public school employees and are also enrolled in the state teachers retirement program.

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Who can enroll in YSCP?2020-02-03T14:27:17-05:00

Any student from any school district in Pennsylvania is allowed to enroll in our school. Click here to apply. Please contact the school from the link below for transportation info.


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What Special Education Services and Student Services are available for students?2020-01-07T11:21:27-05:00

Young Scholars currently has a full-time Director of Student Services, 4 Special Education teachers, a full time School Counselor, contracted School Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, and availability to contract any other needed related service as per a student’s IEP. The department also has paraprofessionals and personal care assistants to help with specific students and/or within specific classrooms.

The school additionally has a Student Assistance Program (SAP) which is “a systematic team process used to mobilize school resources to remove barriers to learning. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program is to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve and advance academically, socially, and emotionally.

Another way Young Scholars supports students is by implementing a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program which is  a way for schools to encourage good behavior. With PBISschools teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about other subjects like reading or math. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment.

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What extra-curricular activities can YSCP students participate in?2020-02-03T14:31:21-05:00

We have an Extended Day program between 3.50 p.m. and 5.15 p.m. in which we run more than 40 different clubs. Click here for more info. Students may participate in other extra-curricular activities and athletics in their home school district.

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Does YSCP have school nurse?2020-02-03T14:28:48-05:00

Yes, we have a part-time school nurse.

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What is the enrollment process?2020-01-07T11:27:52-05:00

Children who already attend the school, will automatically move to the next grade if they meet the academic requirements. For new students wishing to enroll, the Charter School Law (PA ACT 22 of 1997) gives resident students of the school district the Charter School resides in (SCASD) preference in the Open Enrollment process and possible Lottery. Siblings of existing students are also given preference. After Open Enrollment closes, any PA resident student desiring to enroll in Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School will still be allowed to do so, but will be placed in next order in the desired grade or if a lottery is necessary, at the end of the entire waiting list for that grade. This waiting list may include students from surrounding school districts, and preference will no longer be given during that year to SCASD students. Click here to enroll

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