Virtual High School Education
The high school students at PA Distance are required to engage in a total of 5.5 hours of school per day within our blended learning environment which contains “synchronous” and “asynchronous” forms of education.
Download the 2023-2024 High School Course Catalog.
“Students need a partnership. They need a teacher to work with them in real-time, as large groups, in small groups, and one-on-one sessions to ensure their learning needs are being met, and they are experiencing academic growth.”
“PA Distance is a community of educators and learners. To us, teaching is not just a job, it’s a craft. We continuously strive to be better teachers than we were the year prior. Stagnancy is short-lived. Routine isn’t routine.”
“I love that I can create meaningful lessons that can easily be adapted to suit each of my student’s needs because at the end of the day, they are what matters.”
“At PA Distance, we care about the students’ academic well-being. Not all students are the same, and we are willing to personalize their learning experience.”
“I love that I am surrounded by highly trained staff that I can learn from and that I do work each day that I am passionate about and makes a difference in student lives.”
To enhance the online learning experience, PA Distance utilizes online instructional resources that support and supplement our curriculum. Some of the educational programs that our teachers utilize include:
Computer Science for All
PA Distance high school students have the unique opportunity to enroll in brand new computer science electives designed to teach them the basics of computer programming, coding, and video game design. The PA Distance Computer Science Team believes that computer science knowledge is attainable for all students, no matter their background or prior experience.
Every year, a variety of virtual club opportunities are introduced to our students. Some of our current after-school clubs include:
Dungeons & Dragons Club: 9-12th graders
Student Leadership Club: 7-12th graders
Literary Magazine Club: 9-12th graders
Cooking Club: 8-12th graders
Stress-Free Students Club: 7-12th graders
Yearbook Club: 9-12th graders
High School Graduation
Each year, PA Distance celebrates our high school students and their hard work during an in-person graduation ceremony held in Harrisburg, PA. During this event, seniors and their families are able to meet their teachers and classmates while receiving a diploma in their caps and gowns.
With the help of our interventionist, counselors, teachers, and student support staff, we can meet each student where they are and help them to grow.
To ensure every child has the tools that they need to be successful, PA Distance utilizes a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) to grow out students academically, behaviorally, and socially.
- Delivery of standards-based instruction and differentiated learning opportunities to meet the needs of students
- Collection and analysis of multiple data points to support informed decisions regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Implementation of a tiered system of support to differentiate programmatic interventions of all students
Students have the opportunity to meet any of their teachers for additional help on their daily assignments. At 3:00 PM, every day, students can meet with their teachers virtually via a video call, phone call, or chat.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
To provide a behavioral support system to high school students, PA Distance utilizes Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all students by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. High school students are given monthly projects to show their progress in exhibiting what PA Distance called our Core Four, made up of four behaviors we feel students need in order to be successful in life as well as school. These include organization, self-advocacy, working independently, and attending school.
As a reward for students exhibiting our Core Four behaviors, high school students can enter a monthly prize drawing.
Career Education & Work (CEW) Program
We require all of our students to go through our career education and work program in order to prepare them for life after high school. Requirements vary based on grade level. For more specific information, please see our Career Readiness page.