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Commonwealth Charter Academy

Commonwealth Charter Academy

Harrisburg (PA), 17112, United States

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Description Commonwealth Charter Academy is a large, public, cyber charter school. The school serves all school-aged children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regardless of where the child lives. The Academy's headquarters is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is one of sixteen public cyber charters schools operating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The School operates seven additional branches, called Family Service Centers, across the Commonwealth: Andreas, Bryn Mawr, Harrisburg, Center City Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton and Williamsport. When the School was originally approved it served Kindergarten through 8th grade pupils all across Pennsylvania.In 2013, enrollment was 6,667 pupils in grades kindergarten through 12th, with 52.7% of pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level. The school employed 203 teachers yielding a student-teacher ratio of 25:1. Additionally, 17.5% of the pupils receive special education services and 7.9% of the pupils were identified as gifted. According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2% of the school's teachers were rated "Non‐Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.In Pennsylvania, public cyber charter schools are initially approved and subsequently overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The charter schools are public schools which are required to meet both state and federal laws governing public schools including providing mandated services and screenings. They make in depth, annual reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In Pennsylvania, charter schools are a public school alternative the local public schools. Students may seek admission to a local charter school or a cyber charter school. The student's home public school district pays the tuition costs on the student's behalf. Pennsylvania charter schools have the same academic accountability as traditional "bricks and mortar" public schools

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