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Additional Information on Charter Schools


 What is the difference between a "regular" sometimes referred to as a brick and mortar charter school and a cyber charter school?

A brick and mortar charter school is physically located within the boundaries of a school district.  The local school district's board of directors grants the Charter to the charter school's board of trustees to operate a public charter school.  The Charter is an agreement or contract between the school district and an incorporated entity, known as a charter school.

A charter school applicant may apply to a single chartering district or, under the regional charter school provisions of the law, to multiple school districts. 

A charter school is required to provide a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days of instruction or nine hundred (900) hours per school year of instruction at the elementary level or nine hundred ninety hours (990) per school year of instruction at the secondary level.

 About Cyber Charter Schools...

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for the oversight of cyber charter schools which including approval of the  initial charter and decisions whether to renew, non-renew or revoke the charter. 

The cyber charter school provides instruction through the Internet or other electronic/digital means.

A Cyber Charter School is also required to provide a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days of instruction or nine hundred (900) hours per school year of instruction at the elementary level or nine hundred ninety hours (990) per school year of instruction at the secondary level.