Urban Cyber Charter School could be on its way to Central Pennsylvania – Fox43
Urban Cyber Charter School could be on its way to Central Pennsylvania
7:01 p.m. EDT, September 26, 2012
Next school year, students in Central Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth could have an opportunity to attend an “Urban Cyber Charter School.” The school will target urban populations, while focusing on students who are at risk of school failure. Those heading up the initiative call the school a great combination of a brick and mortar school and online learning.
Urban Charter is partnering with YWCAs across Pennsylvania with hopes of servicing 6th through 12th graders next fall. While the majority of classes are offered online, sports science and performing arts programs will bring students into the classroom. In York, the sports science program will be held at the city’s YWCA. The performing arts program will be held at the Strand-Capital Performing Arts Center. The idea is to offer both online classes to assure students’ needs are meant regardless of individual circumstances and/or commitments, and in classroom instruction to give students the opportunity to engage in one on one teacher/student learning.
“It’s designed to meet students with special needs that would not allow them to go to a traditional brick and mortar school,” said Denise Stouffer, 3 Cord Inc.
YWCAs will also offer cyber cafes. It is a location where students can meet teachers if they have questions and or concerns pertaining to coursework. An approval application will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education next month. A decision is expected to be made by the end of the year. If approved, students in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Central Pennsylvania, and the Commonwealth as a whole will have the opportunity to participate. The school plans to accept 250 students next fall and upwards of 2,000 students within 5 years.