Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program

Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program This program, enacted in 2012, offers corporations tax credits for their donations to scholarship organizations that provide private school scholarships. Students meeting eligible zoning and income requirements are able to receive scholarships from those tax credits to help pay for educational expenses. Funding The scholarship organizations determine the amount […]

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Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program

Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program This program, enacted in 2001,  offers tax credits for corporate contributions to certain nonprofit organizations. These nonprofit organizations then use those donations to provide low and middle income families with educational scholarships. Funding Corporate tax credits are provided for 75% of the contribution, but a 90% credit can be

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Education Pod

Microschool/Education Pod

Microschool/Education Pod Learning or education pods are organized by parents, either with parents themselves teaching, or hiring an instructor.  They are based on a family’s needs, so might take place in a variety of places such as a home, community center or library meeting room. Microschools are designed by a private organization within a specific

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Homeschool

Homeschool

Homeschool Pennsylvania Law permits parents to serve as the student’s primary instructor for an at home education. A qualified state evaluator reviews their portfolio annually for compliance.  Many PA based homeschooling organizations are available, and may be themed in various ways, such as religious denominations or special interests. Some homeschooling families participate in a “Homeschool

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Cyber Charter School

Public Charter/Cyber Charter Schools

Public Charter/Cyber Charter Schools Public charter schools, cyber charter schools, or charter academies are public schools that operate with a greater degree of independence than traditional district schools. Brick and mortar charter schools are approved by their chartering district (in the case of cyber charters by the PDE). These schools may receive more applications than

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Private School

Private Schools

Private Schools Pennsylvania has more than 3,000 private schools, which can focus in different ways on how to educate their students; classical academies, and religious schools to name just a few, that come in various sizes, locations and costs.  Some students may qualify assistance through the EITC or OSTC programs for private education.

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Public School

Public District Schools

Public District Schools Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts offer education across the state, and also host many magnet schools that have specific themes such as math, science, technology or the performing arts. Magnet Schools Magnet schools are public schools that offer specialized curricula and programs that may not be available in the area district school. Most

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Private Education Programs

PA Scholarship Tax Credit Programs Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program This program, enacted in 2001,  offers tax credits for corporate contributions to certain nonprofit organizations. These nonprofit organizations then use those donations to provide low and middle income families with educational scholarships. Funding Corporate tax credits are provided for 75% of the contribution, but

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PA Scholarship Tax Credit Programs

PA Scholarship Tax Credit Programs Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program This program, enacted in 2001,  offers tax credits for corporate contributions to certain nonprofit organizations. These nonprofit organizations then use those donations to provide low and middle income families with educational scholarships. Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) Program This program, enacted in 2012, offers

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Types of School Choice Programs

Public District Schools Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts offer education across the state, and also host many magnet schools that have specific themes such as math, science, technology or the performing arts… Private Schools Pennsylvania has more than 3,000 private schools, which can focus in different ways on how to educate their students; classical academies, and

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