This fall, students will be able to choose from four new cyber charter schools, bringing the statewide total to 16, thanks to approvals by the state Department of Education.
The newcomers are ACT Academy Cyber Charter School, Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School, Esperanza Cyber Charter School and Solomon World Civilization Cyber Charter School. All have offices in Philadelphia.
Charter schools are public schools that students from throughout the state can choose to attend without paying tuition. A fee set by the state is paid by the student's home school district. Cyber charter schools deliver much of their instruction online and typically provide home computers.
The state denied the applications of three proposed cyber charter schools: Mercury Online Charter School of Pennsylvania, Akoben Cyber Charter School and Innovate-U Cyber Charter School.