High School Curriculum
Curriculum that Unlocks Possibility
Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA) knows success is not a single destination, and the journey can take many turns. But no matter the path, we believe in unlocking every learner's potential by meeting them where they are and helping them reach their goals.
Explore Our Courses
As students move through middle school and into high school, their work becomes increasingly independent. High school courses are designed for students targeting a four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career.
Many high school courses are offered at two levels: on-level and honors.
In both on-level and honors high school courses, students:
Learn grade-level content
Complete coursework that might require writing or research projects
Tackle problems that require analytical thinking
In honors courses, students also:
Evaluate and synthesize information
Demonstrate more advanced writing skills
Participate in honors projects
Stride Career Prep
Your teen can gain a competitive edge for the future—whether that includes college, a career, or both. Stride Career Prep gives students the opportunity to explore career options and take part in specialized, career-related experiences. Students can choose from a broad range of courses in these career pathways: Accounting, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Pharmacy Technician, and Programming and Gaming. They can also prepare to take industry-recognized certification exams upon graduation.**
In addition to Stride Career Prep, there are two tuition-free pre-apprenticeship programs available to all eligible high school students in Pennsylvania. Each program requires an in-person component where students gain workplace skills and career training.
The Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone Pre-Apprenticeship Program
allows students to build skills and experience in construction, electrical, HVAC, and more. Students receive 65 hours of in-person instruction, delivered by apprenticeship instructors, at one of the ABC training facilities across Pennsylvania. Completion of the program also includes the OSHA 10 Hour Certification.
The Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program of Pennsylvania College of Technology
allows students to receive 100 hours of online instruction, work toward industry-recognized credentials, and build skills for careers in manufacturing such as machining, plastics, and even business. There are three to four days of in-person instruction required.
ISPA students who complete either of these pre-apprenticeship programs are eligible to enroll in the ISPA Work Experience Program. The Work Experience Program allows students to receive high school credit while working in construction, manufacturing, and select other fields.
Students interested in either of these pre-apprenticeship programs or the Work Experience Program, should contact Barry King, ISPA CTE Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tracy Hockenberry, ISPA CTE Coordinator (email@example.com) for more information.
Get Ahead with Dual Credit Courses
It's never too early to start thinking about life after high school. And at ISPA, qualified high schoolers can get a head start on their future goals by taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities. That means your student can be enrolled in courses that will count toward their diploma, plus earn them college credits they'll be able to apply toward a degree. It's double credit for the same work, which saves students time, giving them the chance to earn a degree faster. It's even possible for students to earn an associate's degree by the time they graduate high school.
What is dual credit?
Dual credit courses are approved courses taken through a high school or partner institution which allow qualified students to apply earned credit to both their high school diploma and postsecondary degree.
How much does dual credit cost?
Each family is responsible for tuition and fees for their student's dual credit courses, but some partner institutions offer special pricing per credit for high school students enrolled in dual credit programs.
How many college credits can my student earn while in high school?
There is no mandated limit to the number of credits a student can earn while in high school. Our goal is to help those students who wish to earn an associate's degree while in high school to be able to do so while also earning their diploma.
From which colleges can students earn credit?
ASU Digital Prep, Grand Canyon State, and Community College of Philadelphia (where tuition is free to all students who live in Philadelphia County) all offer dual credit options. ISPA also partners with several community colleges across Pennsylvania to deliver college level courses. If a student is interested in taking a college course at a local community college, please contact your school counselor for more information. Some of the participating community colleges are Allegheny County Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Penn Highlands Community College, and Montgomery County Community College.
How do I enroll my student in dual credit through ISPA?
First, you will need to enroll your student at ISPA and talk to your school counselor about the process for registering. Dual credit enrollment processes depend on which school your student would like to attend. Your school counselor can provide more information.
*The Stride K12 high school catalog is a complete list of the high school courses Stride K12 provides. While ISPA offers a comprehensive selection of courses, not every Stride K12 high school course is available to ISPA students. Information on specific courses of study and available electives are provided upon enrollment. For details, please speak to an enrollment consultant during the enrollment process.
**Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.