School Details

Pennsylvania Leadership CS

1332 Enterprise Dr, West Chester, PA 19380
(610) 701-3333
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-12 & ungraded 2317 students 17 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

56%
80%
66%
74%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
83%
58%
72%
73%
82%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
73%
63%
65%
35%
64%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
77%
71%
69%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
80%
76%
76%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
76%
80%
80%
66%
60%
50%
73%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
60%
59%
68%
41%
42%
66%
83%

Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pennsylvania Leadership CS is a charter high school in West Chester. The principal of Pennsylvania Leadership CS is Dr. James Hanak, Ph.D, who can be contacted at info@palcs.org. 2,317 students attend Pennsylvania Leadership CS and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 48% of the 2,317 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Pennsylvania Leadership CS is 17:1. West Chester East High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 76%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 48%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Jane Ferris and her team have addressed gifted learning challenges that were not addressed in traditional public Downingtown schools. The University Scholars Program has instilled a love of learning a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed in my son who was becoming mentally lazy. This school fills an important gap in the public school system. USP has been and will continue to be instrumental in changing the course of our child's life to help him reach his full potential in a way that a school with five times the resources couldn't begin to address. We are so thankful for the University Scholars Program at PALCS.

  • (6 months ago)

    This school could be run better. Management has their own agenda and doesn't put the needs of the student first.

  • (7 months ago)

    I have a 10th grader at PALCS. A find that the cyber format took some getting used to but once you and your student get familiar it is easy. It also has the benefit of being on a 24 hour clock. My daughter often asks for my help with geometry. I help her when I get home around 5-6pm. We review the assignment and she checks her work and submits the assignment as late as 9-10pm. The focus is on learning not simply working to get a grade. PALCS has boosted her confience in all subjects because of their approach. They have home work help every evening and it is staffed by teachers. All I can say is that it is working for my daughter.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have two children who attend PA leadership Charter School. They are also in the onsite University Scholars Program. This is a wonderful cyber blended program. In high school the children attend onsite on Mon. Wed and every other Fri. This allowed my older son to take a foreign language at West Chester University as a concurrently enrolled student. My younger son loves math and USP allowed him to accelerate his math studies. He just finished AP Calculus in 9th grade and took the AP exam. We will have to wait until July to see his score but he said he was well prepared for it and there was nothing he on the test he had not learned in class. Best of all he still loves math.

  • (1 year ago)

    PALCS is a wonderful experience and school for children who attend and their home facilitators. The staff and administration are always friendly and will help you if you have any problems . They treat you as an individual rather than just a number in the classroom such as the public schools do. I recommend that PALCS is an A+ school positive experience for any child and encourage anyone considering a cyber school to consider PALCS first.

  • (1 year ago)

    A rating of 4 does not justify how awesome and great this online school is. Our daughter has been going to palcs since she has been in 3rd grade. We also enroll our son for Kinderguarden 2013 the best the decisions every that I feel that we made. Palcs has truly great and caring teachers and the best part is that their staff truly love what they are doing. I definitely recommend Palcs over any tuition schools or a regular publics schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year at PALCS. My daughter is in Kindergarten. We are very impressed so far. The teachers and staff are very easy to get in touch with to help with any problems or concerns. The school also provides excellent opportunities for the students as far as socialization with "School Days" at the center locations and great field trips! I highly recommend PALCS!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love PALCS!!!! My kids are learning so much. I love that I get to see what they are learning. Last year when my son went to Christian school I did not even know what he was learning in math science or social studies. He only brought home books to read and an occasional work sheet. Now I see everything they are learning and can add to their learning with everyday life skills and events.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has been attending PALCS for one year and I highly recommend it. Most of the lessons have optional activities that allow a gifted student to go further and it is not just busy work. If lessons do contain videos they relate to the subject material being taught. The Brain Pop videos have an optional quiz at the end which helps me to see if my son has comprehended the material. With the exception of one I have found all the teachers very helpful and prompt in giving feedback on assignments and answering questions. About 2 months after my son started at PALCS one of his teachers called to tell me what a great job my son was doing & how much she loved his enthusiasm. Great to hear from a teacher when there is not problem. Prior to this our son was in a private Christian school. We have been very pleased with the curriculum. We like the flexibility that we would not have in a public school. Since the lessons can be done ahead of time my son is able to do service type work during school hours like helping at a community food bank. It is nice to know first hand what your child is learning and be able to see their current grades any time. Therefore I highly recommend PALCS.

  • (1 year ago)

    PALCS is a fantastic school. My daughter is gifted and attends the University Scholars Program. She also has SPD and things that bothered her in brick and mortar school have vanished in her new educational environment. With half cyber and half on-site classes we have FINALLY found the perfect fit for her - and there was a time I didn't think we would ever find a fit. Parent involvement is high but that is the nature of a cyber school you act as the home facilitator. I can't imagine not being active while my child attended a cyber school. The online classes have been fantastic - my daughter loves the electives and we have never had to wait long for a response from ANY of her teachers. So much so that I don't have anything to discuss come parent/teacher time - I already know how she is doing. The University Scholars program is fantastic. It is rigorous and is filled with a great teaching staff and a director who knows every child in the building. To say this school has been a blessing for my daughter and family is a HUGE understatement. I only wish we found it sooner.

  • (1 year ago)

    PA Leadership is obviously not the best school choice. Teachers "create" the lessons and as a student I find them difficult to understand because they are so unprofessional. The lessons are rather short. They simply consist of videos from free educational websites and some text here some text there and then the assessment. And speaking of the assessment it's mostly easy multiple choice questions that are extremely easy. I always received 100% and didn't feel challenged enough. The teachers don't respond to my questions right away. Everything seems so..."messy" and "unorganized". The school I believe spends more money on the actual building and teachers' offices but less on education. Believe me 95% of the curriculum are from FREE websites as I mentioned. They seldom purchase REAL educational material like Study Island. The curriculum should definitely be improved. I prefer to have an organized professional cyber school - something that's not PALCS.

  • (1 year ago)

    After our district school miserably failed my child I started looking for an alternative and the curriculum of PA Leadership Charter stood head and shoulders above others. We've been with this school for a few years now and in terms of quality education it was the best decision we could make for our children. Each child gets individualized attention they need and deserve teachers are always available to discuss concerns or progress or anything at all. As a Home Facilitator I have full control over what information is shared with my children and I am very well aware of everything that happens in their school life. Also the school does an excellent job providing socialization opportunities for students organizing regular events and field trips. Warning this school is not for parents who do not wish to be deeply involved with their children's lives!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is outstanding. They really turned school from from something unpleasant and stressful for my child into a unique and empowering experience. The staff really came along side my family and partnered with us to make my child successful.

  • (1 year ago)

    PA Leadership Charter School affectionately referred to as PALCS is a great school. The students faculty and staff have a sense of mission that is hard to find in a school setting. They believe that this style of education is part of the American Revolution in education. Technology is at the heart of change at PALCS. They use an open source platform called Moodle. This platform opens up the resources of the world as many teachers students and engineers work on changes to the platform in the process of learning. The school uses virtual classrooms to allow for synchronous collaboration and instruction. They also use a Moodle messenger tool that meets the need for immediate feedback during asynchronous instruction. This is very different from a test bank. This school marries technology with teacher interaction where genuine friendships are formed between teachers students and each other. I am parent and a teacher at this school. I run a leadership program here. I have seen hundreds of students develop amazing projects in their communities in our school and places like Panama China and Canada. In a changing world PALCS is training tomorrow s leaders today.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a mom I am absolutely in love with this school! My son was bullied in public school in 1st through half of 3rd grade. He loved reading and kids would make fun of him kick and punch him. I made the decision in the middle of 3rd grade to place him in PALCS. I was worried because it was in the middle of the school year how he would adjust but PALCS was understanding and so kind. They not only have wonderful counselors and administrative staff their teachers are top notch!! My son is now in the 6th grade making all As (and one B) and I couldn't be happier. PALCS gave him the opportunity to love learning again and for that I am truly grateful. My son is able to learn and do homework in a safe and happy environment and he loves it! When I asked him if he wanted to go back to public school he started to cry and said "No way!! I love PALCS!" They also have many outside activities for kids to get together and learn through fun!! I recommend this school to EVERY parent.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughters are in kindergarten this year and we went with PA Leadership Charter School instead of the traditional homeschooling. I couldn't have made a better choice. I am so happy with the education they are getting. I love that I am still 100% hands on with their education and there is always extra help available. I feel very confident that we made the right choice in choosing PA Leadership for our children's education. I can't wait for my younger daughter to start next year!

  • (3 years ago)

    If not for PALCS my son would have dropped out of his Philadelphia high school....he was being abused and terrorized there for being disabled and for being white. PALCS gave him the peaceful home environment to do his work in and today he graduated!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 3 daughters who attend PALCS high school middle school and elementary school ages. PALCS has provided a unique schooling experience that they have thrived in. They have been involved in the Leadership classes student government proms dances attended graduation and National Honor Society. Two attend the Center for the Performing and Fine Arts participating in plays choir music art and dance shows. The teachers offer one on one assistance if needed are readily available by phone or instant message and offer weekly chats. Chats are not mandatory but are recorded so you can readily access them. The parent (AKA-Home Facilitator) plays an integral part in the education process. They have broken the state up into sections and offer activities/field trips in all regions. By attending activities my children have developed close friendships with their peers; they do not feel isolated in the cyber world. School is always open so you can work at you own pace or based on your own schedule. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a change in their current schooling situation. It is a free PA public school computer and textbooks are provided at no cost to you.

  • (4 years ago)

    We started PALCS in September. The math course was late up and running. Despite repeated requests for help with the program once we did get it there was no reply from the math teacher. After six weeks they told us that there actually is no teacher just a monitor . The syllabus however says that you can get step by step help and names the teacher who will not respond. We have asked a number of people for help but they keep passing the ball and no one will solve a problem unless they already know the answer.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing teachers interactive programs homework help is always open outstanding gifted program with extremely productive advanced curriculum and a moderated amount of social interaction which is very good for cognitive learning.

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