Pa. public cyber charter schools go to waitlist following surge in enrollments

Written by on August 13, 2020

Pa. public cyber charter schools go to waitlist following surge in enrollments

By Chloe Nouvelle

August 13, 2020

It’s only August and Pennsylvania’s cyber charter schools are filling up. The surge in enrollment has even forced some of these online public schools to impose waitlists.

Cyber charter officials say they are seeing a spike in k-12 enrollments. They say parents are turning to their schools because remote education is what they do, and have done, for 20 years. Brian Hayden is the CEO of the Pennsylvania cyber charter school

“We have over 1,000 students right now that are on our waiting list.”

Those families are not alone. Commonwealth cyber academy’s waitlist is in the thousands, says charter rep Timothy Eller.

“The numbers are constantly changing on a day-to-day basis and actually more on an hour-to-hour basis.”

And the demand to move to cybers isn’t just from students and families. Eller says his school has seen a quote “large number” of teachers from traditional public schools applying to work there.

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