Your Learning Path

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At Achievement House, the choice is yours. We live in a rapidly changing, technology-driven world. What do you need to learn to be prepared for the future? In our online school, you will build a firm educational foundation and acquire specific skills that have real-world applications. You will develop digital literacy and proficiency with the latest technologies; learn to think critically and solve problems; and become a contributing member of a learning community.

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Your Schedule

Your school day doesn’t have to start at 8am! Customize your schedule to fit your goals and learning style. Whether it’s balancing coursework with dance rehearsals, a part-time job, or volunteering, our expert educators will work to help create the schedule that works for you.

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Your Student Life

Making new friends while developing skills beyond the classroom is an important part of your educational experience. At Achievement House, you’ll make friends and new memories with classmates from all across the state when you participate in various clubs, special projects and field trips. To grow your new friendships, use our online communication tools to stay in touch with classmates throughout the day.

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Your Future

Whether you’re on a path to continue your education after high school, join the workforce, or serve in the military, our goal is to provide the best educational experience possible so that you have the opportunity to reach your full potential.

Your School

In a traditional classroom setting, with large class sizes and limited periods of time, teachers don’t always have the opportunity to customize learning plans to suit an individual student's unique skills, talents and learning style. At Achievement House, we differentiate instruction for the varied needs of our students by offering multiple academic levels for core classes. Virtual classes, combined with independent learning opportunities, deliver content at just the right pace for each student.

Virtual Classroom

At Achievement House, you will use our custom-designed, web-based platform to access your live, virtual classes and interactive, online coursework. Click on the video to view a sample class.

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Support

Achievement House students are given an array of support options to provide them with personal attention throughout their learning journey. With live technical support, interactive help sessions, and satellite offices, to name a few, help is never far away.

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Office Hours/Drop-in Center

When a student needs help, we're here for you. Our certified teachers are available to all students who need support through regular office hours, and our Drop-in Center. Students may also receive individual assistance daily during the question/answer portion of live classes.

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Differentiated Instruction

We recognize that not all students learn at the same pace. To meet our students' individual needs and move them forward, our core classes are offered at multiple academic levels. This model allows us to customize the pacing and accommodate different learning styles and abilities within each class.

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Your Day

You can customize your days to best suit your learning style, grade level, extracurricular pursuits and other demands on your time. Managing your time is a skill you will learn in order to be successful meet your academic goals.

Your Schedule

Our students learn to balance schoolwork with personal responsibilities such as work, family, and community involvement. See below how different students have achieved this balance in their daily schedules.

See how different students balance their daily schedules

  • Michael, Gettysburg

    Michael completes his work mostly during the day, while also making time for the activities he wants to pursue outside of school.

    1. 7:45 AM Reviews weekly work (0.5 hr)
    2. 9:00 AM Attends live classes (3.5 hr)
    3. 1:00 PM Job dog walking (1.5 hr)
    4. 3:10 PM Play practice (2 hr)
    5. 6:25 PM Watches live class recordings/finishes schoolwork (2 hr)
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  • Destiny, Philadelphia

    Destiny’s schedule allows her to devote plenty of time to her schoolwork and work during the day.

    1. 8:00 AM Works at a local store (3 hr)
    2. 2:00 PM Starts schoolwork (3.5 hr)
    3. 5:30 PM Eats dinner (1 hr)
    4. 7:00 PM Watches live class recordings (3 hr)
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  • Kayla, Sunbury

    Kayla balances her schoolwork with taking care of her 1-year-old son.

    1. 6:30 AM Drops son off at daycare (1.5 hr)
    2. 8:00 AM Attends live classes (4 hr)
    3. 2:00 PM Cares for son until her mom gets home (3 hr)
    4. 6:00 PM Schoolwork (1.5 hr)
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  • Jaden, Franklin Park

    Jaden takes frequent breaks to stay focused and still finishes school by dinnertime.

    1. 8:30 AM Attends live classes (2 hr)
    2. 11:30 AM Attends live classes (1 hr)
    3. 1:00 PM Rides bike with Mom (1 hr)
    4. 2:30 PM Attends live classes (1 hr)
    5. 4:00 PM Completes schoolwork (1 hr)
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Your Student Life

At Achievement House, staying connected is just another part of your daily routine. You can chat with classmates during live class sessions, make new friends by joining one of our clubs, and keep an eye out for upcoming field trips!

  • Clubs

    Achievement House offers a variety of virtual clubs that give you an opportunity to get involved and make new friends. Check out a sampling of past clubs:

    • National Honor Society
    • Innovation Academy Project of the Month Club
    • Business Club

    Don’t see a club that interests you? If you have an idea for another club, we’ll connect you with a teacher to try to make it happen!

  • Athletics

    Interested in playing sports or other extracurricular activities in your local school district? According to PA School Code law, districts must allow charter and cyber charter students the same opportunity to try out for teams and activities.

    The PA School Code, Section 1719-A (14), states: Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, no school district of residence shall prohibit a student of a charter school from participating in any extracurricular activity of that school district of residence: Provided, that the student is able to fulfill all of the requirements of participation in such activity and the charter school does not provide the same extracurricular activity.

    For students interested in NCAA eligibility, Achievement House offers NCAA approved courses.

  • Events

    Throughout the school year, we offer various opportunities for student enrichment. Live and virtual college visits, Schoolyard Ventures workshops, schoolwide and grade level assemblies, are among the offerings.

  • Trips

    You can also meet and socialize with students on the various special interest trips throughout the year as well as a year-end field trip.

Your Team

At Achievement House you won’t be alone in your cyber school experience. Our teachers are committed to helping you learn and grow in all your subject areas. The school counselors can help you create a class schedule that works for you. You will have a homeroom coach who gets to know you on both a personal and academic level. You may have a mentor who provides an extra level of personal support to you and your family. Take advantage of all your team members and the things they have to offer. We want to see you reach your full potential at Achievement House!

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Your Teachers

Achievement House teachers are PA certified, highly qualified, talented and tech-savvy. They are also caring, devoted educators who to get to know your individual learning needs and styles. Teachers are directly involved in creating the dynamic, customized curriculum accessible through live, online classes and independent assignments. They are available to work with you individually in Cyber Cafes to give you the attention you require. All of these characteristics make our teachers experts in creating an environment in which all students can be successful.

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Your School Counselor

In cooperation with parents, staff, administration and the community, the counselors of Achievement House will provide developmental, educational, preventative and responsive services with the intent of encouraging and supporting the lifelong development of the personal/social, academic and career growth of each student. Achievement House counselors are a resource for students who have questions about schedules, careers, graduation, peer relationships, and much more. Counselors at Achievement House are here to cultivate the whole student and encourage them to seek who they are

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Your Homeroom Coach

Every Achievement House student is assigned a homeroom coach. Your homeroom coach will be keeping in close contact with you to monitor your progress, guide you in your schoolwork, remind you of any important dates to remember, and will be a go-to person when you aren’t sure who to contact.

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Your Mentor

A mentor is a specially trained professional who is positioned to work alongside teachers and counselors to provide an extra level of personal support and assistance to you and your family. Mentors can answer questions, help solve problems, offer support, and serve as the liaison between you and our staff. This unique team member is here to help our students be as successful as possible.

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Your Resources

At Achievement House, we provide all of the supportive resources necessary to ensure all students are successful. Read about a few of these programs below:

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Special Education

At Achievement House, special education students are kept in the general education curriculum to the maximum extent possible. However, special education students often need targeted instruction to support their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goal mastery.

Learning support teachers work with students individually or in a small group to provide instruction based on student need. The additional help will firm up the foundation needed to be successful in the general education courses. The learning support teachers can also work with general education teachers in the classroom to provide support for all students.

The Life Skills program is a branch of the AHCCS Learning Support program, and it is designed to service AHCCS students with intellectual disabilities or severe-moderate autism. The curriculum focuses on functional academics geared toward preparing students for independent living. Students in the Life Skills program will take the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) exam, designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This exam assesses a student’s attainment of Reading, Mathematics, and Science mastery objectives.

Life skills are generally those skills that students will need to survive in everyday life (i.e., money management , hygiene, and shopping for groceries). These skills are essential for students to learn because they enable the transition from school to life in the real world.

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English Language Learning

English Language Learning

The goal of the English Language Learner (ELL) Program is to prepare students for responsible and successful independence in the classroom setting. Students learn techniques that promote speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English. A rigorous, standards-based curriculum is conducted in English (with content area clarifications made in the native language, if necessary) through direct instruction, one-on-one tutoring, and interactive web-based programs. The flexible program is based on the oral proficiency as well as the reading and writing needs of each individual learner in order to help each student master school-wide academic content as rapidly as possible.

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Title I

In support of strengthening student academic achievement, the Achievement House Cyber Charter School receives Title I, Part A funds. Title I is a federally funded program designed to improve educational opportunities by providing aid to elementary and secondary education.

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Student Assistance Program

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) at AHCCS is a comprehensive school-based intervention program that involves prevention, identification and assessment, intervention, and postvention of issues and behaviors that impact student achievement and welfare (for example, drug and alcohol use or extreme mental health concerns). The SAP team includes school staff who have been trained to work with and support any identified students and their families and also help provide referrals to the community in which the identified students and families reside.

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Satellite Offices

While our students learn in their own homes, the Achievement House Satellite Offices are safe, structured places where IEP meetings, parent and student meetings, medical screenings, face-to-face support, and administration of standardized tests occur. Students may also work with teachers in study sessions, and participate in special projects.

Parent Resources

Parent Resources

Parent involvement can be key to your student’s education. At Achievement House Cyber Charter School we provide several ways for parents to get involved.

Family Connect LIVE!
Connect with teachers, staff and other parents. Family Connect LIVE! sessions are hosted through Blackboard Collaborate. This is the same online classroom your student will use in their daily life here at Achievement House. Topics covered during the Family Connect LIVE! online information sessions include: how to check grades, role of school counselors and mentors, graduation requirements, cyber internet safety, special education in a cyber environment, and much more. All of these meetings are recorded so you always have the opportunity to watch a previous session or review information.

Parent Connect Resource Room
Even our parents are enrolled in a resource room--a place to learn here at Achievement House! In the Parent Connect Resource Room, parents can connect with staff, learn tips and tricks to navigate the cyber environment and find important school information and forms.

Your Future:
Graduation and Beyond

Every high school student is posed with the same question at the end of high school: What now? School counselors and teachers are the support for students asking the questions about life after graduation. Whether your student is interested in college or going into the workforce after graduation, Achievement House is ready to give them the tools and resources to achieve their goals.

Graduation

Graduation at Achievement House Cyber Charter School is a unique experience. Students from all over the state attend a ceremony with peers that they may not have met in person, but feel a genuine connection with from the classes they attended together online. With the experiences these students receive, Achievement House graduates are ready for the technology-rich world.

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Alumna 2009 - “My experience at Achievement House had a life-changing influence on my educational and professional goals. I had a special teacher who made me realize math is fun. I am now teaching geometry, statistics and calculus to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.”

Furthering Your Education

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College

If your goal is to attend college, we offer college-prep and AP courses to keep you on track. Our school counselors use tools such as Naviance to guide your academic path through the college application process.

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Career

If you are on the career path, we offer opportunities to develop real-world skills through our Innovation Academy which includes Microsoft® IT Academy and Schoolyard Ventures as well as courses in our Business and Technology Department. Additional career-prep course offerings include Career English, Graphic Design, and CPR/AED.