FAQ

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.

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.

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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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 30 extended-day clubs; parents can pick up students until 5:25 pm each day.  Clubs include scouts, cooking, international dance or arts, technology, and many others.

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.

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.

Our staff is comprised of one certified teacher for each classroom of students in kindergarten to 5th grade. Kindergarten classes also have an assistant teacher and there is one floater assistant teacher for grades 1-5. In addition, we have specialty teachers for music, art, physical education/health, character education, technology, Spanish, and Chinese. Middle school students (6th grade through 8th grade) have core-subject teachers for math, science, social studies, and language arts, as well as teachers for electives and the other specialty areas mentioned above. We also employ a full-time ESL teacher, special education teacher, part-time guidance counselor, and a part-time school nurse. If needed, health professionals in OT, PT and Speech Therapy are available.

Any student from any school district in Pennsylvania is allowed to enroll in our school. However, busing is currently provided at no cost to the student from State College School District, Bellefonte Area School District, Bald Eagle School District, and Penns Valley School District. Please ask for guidelines.

We have a full-time Special Education teacher and a part-time Special Ed supervisor. As required, students are tested for IEP’s to determine qualification for this program.

We have Extended Day program between 3.50 p.m. and 5.15p.m. in which we run about 30 different clubs. Some of the clubs may include: Robotics, Science Olympiad, Engineering, Advanced Math, Chinese, Spanish, Homework, Technology, Drama and Theatre, Cooking, World Culture, History of the world, Turkish Arts and Crafts, Choir, Sports, Origami, Journalism, Photography, Strategy game, Domino and Rubik cube, Daisies Troop, Brownies Troop, Reading Fantasy, Cross Stitch, Chess, Table Tennis, Music Exploration, Fun with Architecture, Food and Nutrition.

All grades, kindergarten to 8th grade,  are in one building to create synergy between the grades and students. Built in 2007, our building is air conditioned and has the most current systems and technology, including many “green” technologies. A second floor was added in 2012. Our building is now 25,918 sq. ft. with 19 classrooms.

YSCP tests all children twice a year through standardized testing. This ranks all children against their peers nationally and identifies areas where students need improvement. Students are assessed in reading and math multiple times throughout the year. Report cards are also issued at the end of each marking period that include both standardized and classroom curriculum assessments.

Yes, we have a part-time school nurse.

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.

Yes, YSCP employs part-time guidance counselor.

Per the Charter School Law, if during Open Enrollment, it is determined that any grade is over enrolled, there will be a lottery for that grade. Preference during the lottery is given to SCASD students, siblings of existing students and employee children. During the lottery, grades will be filled first by siblings of existing students, employee children and students of theSCASD, then by non-resident students and a waiting list will be maintained.

No. Per the Charter School Law, enrollment is not first come, first served. Any date a parent chooses to register their child during the Open Enrollment period, will be treated the same. Please call the school to find out when Open Enrollment will be for the upcoming school year. It is usually between January and a week prior to the lottery date (typically late March).