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State College, PA
Students enrolled: 243
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1530 Westerly Parkway
State College, PA 16801

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(814) 237-9727
(814) 237-1517
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October 23, 2014
I love how close knit the school is and the Director knows all the kids names which is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
When we were moving to State College we were worried that our daughters would not get the same international education they did in another state. We are so lucky to have YSCP in State College!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2014
I think that Young Scholars is a very outstanding school. All of their testing average is above the State average. The staff is extremely helpful to the parents and students. From the children's perspective, the teachers get them involved in what they are doing. The school offers extra-curricular activities such as extended clubs, science and math clubs throughout all of the seasons. They also offer plenty of free after school activities with parent permission. This school truly gets students interested in learning. They offer the students many things from the languages such as Chinese, Spanish, to playing an instrument, choir, Science Olympiads, Mathcounts, art shows, and more. This is a truly genuine school.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
In looking at the reviews, I was surprised to read that middle school has been problematic since 2009. Middle school continues to be a problem today with high teacher turnover -- consistently through the academic year. To boot, there are personnel absent in key positions-- guidance counselor and school nurse for example. Overall, we have been disappointed and will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
This is my daughters first year at yscp. She loves the school and the teachers and as a parent I have found the communication between the teachers and myself absolutely excellent! My daughter also attends the extended day program at the school and absolutely loves it! I could not ask for a better school for my child! At the end of the school day we are always excited to hear about all the fun things she learned at school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
My son has gone to Young Scholars for K-1st. He loved it and I loved it. Leslie at the front desk sets such a wonderful tone for the school. She and the teachers are so easy to work with. I loved the smaller classrooms and the Spanish and Chinese my son has learned is priceless. Leaving this school is one of the saddest part of our move from State College. I'd recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
My son is in Kindergarten and it was very important to us for him to get the best education starting out. We heard great things about Young Scholars and looked into the School. It has been fabulous! Our son is learning both Chinese and Spanish and exceeds his reading level by 3 levels! I could not be more ecstatic! I owe all of this to his wonderful teachers and the curriculum! I am confident he is off to a great scholarly start only to continue with Young Scholars!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
YS has been a good choice for us - like everywhere, there is some room for improvement. For example, the after school program needs work: If we want any well-organized or meaningful activities such as sports, we have to pay for clubs run by outside organizations which gets expensive. We wonder why there are not more teachers involved in clubs after school. The way the program is run right now, it seems to be a free for all with no clear oversight or quality control. Otherwise, way to go, YS!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
YSCP has been great for our 2 daughters. The teachers and administrators are terrific and the kids love going to school each day!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
My child loves YSCP. The teachers truly care about what is best for the kids. My kids have been challenged here, which is something the public school was unwilling to do. The languages are a great addition to the regular school curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
I love Young Scholars! I can't wait to enroll my child to their high school! I was so excited to hear that they are working towards IB program.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
YSCP is awesome! This is a small, intimate school that has a feel more like a private school that the larger public schools. The faculty strive to know each child by name, how they are feeling and how they did each day. They have a strong emphasis on character development with a rewards based approach. The school focuses heavily on multi-cultural and multi-lingual studies that are increasingly important for the students world view. YSCP still maintains the music, arts, technology, and extra-curricular activities that can fall by the wayside in many of the smaller schools. If there are some administrative problems or agenda as a few parents allege, I have not seen it. The school exists to teach the kids, and this school does that very well. The students learn more than the core curriculum, they also learn character, responsibility and independence. My child loves going to this school each day, what better recommendation is there?

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
It's a great school. I was glad my children were selected to be able to attend the school. I look forward to them creating YSCP High School. I can t say enough good things about them. We looked at the comments on GreatSchools.com before we applied for the boys to go the YSCP. All the schools in State College seem to be good schools but this school met more of our wants/needs as parents..

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Sending our son to Young Scholars of Central PA charter School is one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made! Our sons teacher has worked very hard with our son and it shows! He has blossomed at this school! The teachers and staff our the BEST! We have a younger child and we already plan to send him to Young Scholars when he reaches school age. The communication of his teacher is above and beyond. I have told many of my parent friends about Young Scholars and how wonderful of a school it is. I feel like I matter as a parent at YSCP, they know who I am and who my son is and what kind of day he is having.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
I think Young Scholars is doing an awesome job. I have two children at this school. One of them came here after kindergarten and he had no clue how to read nor write at all. His teacher did everything to break his shell and and he learned reading and fell in love with reading. He can't wait old enough to participate reading competitions at his school. For middle school, I hear that they have various extra-curricular activities, like Robotics, Science Olympiads, Math Competitions. My kids love Chinese and Spanish and I feel very glad that they are getting ready for future. I believe Young Scholars is a great asset for our community.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I love this school. The teachers are fantastic and the parents are just as fantastic. What principal knows each kid by name and gives them a smile and a high five. The teachers and staff go above and beyond the call of duty. The extra curricular activitiest are amazing and I appreciate all the hard work that the teachers and staff put into this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Having our sons attend YSCP is one of the best decisions my husband and I could have made. Out children are thriving intellectually - both are challenged and engaged in their work. Most importantly, however, our boys are happy - thanks to YSCP's compassionate and dedicated teachers and staff members.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
I have two kids in this school, 3rd grade and 8th grade. This school is amazing. The teachers and students in particular are amazing. The teacher to student ratio really lets students interact with their teachers well. The extracurricular activities are amazing. Mathcounts, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Accelerated Reading program have tough my children so much. Also the hands on parent attitude really allows the teachers and students to excel. The whole community benefits from such a wonderful friendly and well learned school. Most of the bad reviews on this website, I believe, DO NOT reflect the truth and were caused by individual relationship problems of several parents(out of more than 150 families).

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
YSCP has a wonderful teachers and a great group of staff. I am so glad that my kids have the chance to learn in a school that cares for them and offers so much to the kids and families living in the school. I am thrilled that they have placed an emphasis on language programs, as many other schools have had to cut back or eliminate these type of programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
I am a parent of an elementary school student at YSCP who transferred from a small Christian school. YSCP is amazing. The staff, principal, and teachers know my child - not just his name, but how his day was, how he's doing in class, and even how he's been feeling. They have excelled at creating a community rather than just a school. We have honest, open communication with the teachers - they are always an email or phone call away and very responsive. We are also very pleased with the academics. The language courses are an asset, but in core subjects there are small group learning opportunities integrated so the students can learn at their own paces rather than being pushed too hard or limited by peer progress. I read the disgruntled parent(s) review on this site and I argue the opposite of their idea that the principal should already know how to run a school "well". He does. He is willing to meet with parents to hears their concerns and consider policy or process changes to help meet the needs of the students and parents. The staff at YSCP care, teachers are creative and encourage hands-on learning and field trips and all of this matters. My child loves his school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
For those parents curious about this school, read on. I moved from out of state and brought my children to Young Scholars for the Chinese lessons they offer as part of the curriculum. I have found many other things that have surprised me since then. My middle schooler son has found challenging teachers that are always challenging him to learn new things and are willing to teach at his higher level of learning. For example, his tech teacher exposed the kid to programming a micro processor in 5th grade. The kids we introduced to learning to type first in a fun way that my kid has become an avid writer. Later the experience with coding and the ability to type correctly allowed him to reach even further than his teacher was expecting. My son now has spend hundreds of hour learning to code HTML. This only a few of the micro achievements that are possible in this school. This year the school has gone head to head in math competitions withe the top school of the are and the team of science Olympiads took second place among tens of schools, qualifying for the states competition. The teachers work together in providing relevant clubs and instruction to insure success

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
I have three kids in YSCP. It is a great school with high quality education. School principal is an open mind very understanding person. My kids really like the school. They feel comfortable and happy. Their scores in MATH and reading improved. Also there are a lot of after school activities. I highly recommend YSCP.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
As a YSCP teacher, I am proud to state that our satisfaction rates among parents and students consistently rate in the 90s, as demonstrated by end-of-year surveys. According to students and parents, YSCP's best features are: its small-school environment where every teacher is fully familiar with all of their students, an outstanding multicultural education, a wide array of after-school activity options, interesting and rigorously challenging core courses, and superb support for special education and special needs students. I am writing this review in part to correct an absurdly false statement that appears in several reviews on this site: namely, that the character education instruction for some reason had students look up curse words on the internet. Teachers share rooms, and I was actually present when the instructor went over the material in question, so I can attest that this simply did not occur. Most of our parents are highly educated and wonderfully supportive. However, it should be noted that most of the negative reviews on this site were posted by a single set of disgruntled parents whose child is no longer enrolled; they've been engaging in personal attacks ever since.

- submitted by a teacher
February 05, 2014
This school year has been hugely disappointing and eye-opening -- awful administration (lack of vision and leadership and inability to address student and parent concerns) and unqualified teachers. Administration seems unable (or maybe unwilling) to address the problems.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
The middle school program (grade 6-8) at YSCP has really taken off and the students are so involved! I am at the school frequently and love to see the students involved in the international programs like dance clubs and international cooking. The robotics club has won many awards and most parents and students love the more than 30 extended day clubs that run until 5:15 daily. With about 250 students now, this school is not only educating students but also making learning fun!

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2013
Wonderful school. Very creative and the students love the cultural activities, after school clubs and technology. I would recommend the school to any parent.

- submitted by a community member
March 22, 2013
The diversity at Young Scholars is one of the primary reasons we enrolled our two children at YSCP. Especially at the elementary level, the instruction is exemplary. One of the best features of the school is the character education classes. It's been a wonderful experience for our children!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
I absolutely love this school. My child is in first grade at YSCP and it is wonderful to see the personal attention that he receives from his teachers. Along with the personal attention, I really enjoy seeing my son learning Spanish and Chinese, something that he would not have at an other elementary school in the area. I am so happy with his education at YSCP that my youngest child will be starting Kindergarten there in the fall. I never once hesitated in making that decision. I am very pleased to know that my children will grow up having had a wonderful education and the opportunity to interact with peers who are of different cultures than them.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
My daughter has been at YSCP for two years. I have watched her take off academically and personally. She loves to go to school and loves the languages that she is taught. My older children have gone to the SCASD and done very well but my youngest child is already way ahead of her brothers and sisters at this age. The staff is always a phone call or email away and they care about her growth as well. Thank you YSCP for taking such good care of my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
This is a great school. I three kids here from Kindergarten to middle school. They offer a lot of opportunity to operate above grade level such as doing Algebra 1 in sixth grade and actual reading and math skills in Kindergarten. The kids are exposed to a lot of diversity but not in the controversial religious sense. Contrary to what has been said in these reviews, I have had to personally explain what the Muslim religion is in response to the negativity my children receive out in the community when they hear they attend this school, the school has not. The school offers after school programs until 5:30 that are free and is really enriching. There are many activities, and contests throughout the year that really bring together everything learned throughout the year. The staff is very involved with each other, the families and is willing to bend over backwards to help when they can. My only complaint is that the school can be rather unorganized. However I do attribute this to its youth and know this will resolve over time.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
We are very proud of being YSCP family. We have trusted this school since the beginning of the first day of its establishment. I have sent my kids to YSCP charter school without hesitation because I wanted a different, multicultural, and international environment with additional different language education opportunities besides other curriculum courses. Contrary to a few prejudiced people, the school runs great, administration is very friendly, teachers are very dedicated, staff is unbelievably thinking their school's success. You can see the successes of the school as soon as enter the waiting area. There are two-consecutive year achievements, letters from state representatives etc. We, as parents, are here for our kids' future, for our kids' schools future (YSCP). Keep up the good work YSCP!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
The students at Young Scholar of Central Pennsylvania (YSCP) Charter School are learning multiple languages and cultures in the school. Learning language is much easier at early ages, which also stimulate their learning capabilities overall. Learning foreign languages is very important for our children as we are becoming more and more global. Today s business environment has no borders and we need to prepare the next generation accordingly. YSCP Charter School is not only excelling the students in language, but also math, science, and social sciences. According to the last PSSA scores, they ranked one of the top charter schools in Pennsylvania. YSCP students are attending regularly math and science competitions. They are repeatedly winning awards at those competitions. I truly appreciate the hard work of board members, administration, and staff members, and most importantly the teachers! Keep up good work YSCP!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
It seems YSCP is a rather polarizing school--you either love it or you want to fix it. I have noticed that the more involved parents become, the less they like the school. The first three presidents of the parent's group have all taken some or all of their children out of the school. It will be interesting to see if this year's president brings her child back. The parents who attend meetings, bring breakfast to the teachers, volunteer in the classrooms, and run the evening activities are also the most vocal about problems that need to be fixed. The parents who drop their kids off in the morning and pick them up in the evening, but otherwise don't enter the school building seem to be perfectly content. I'm not sure what to make of this, but it worries me that the more involved I become, the more negative things I hear.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
One of my chldren is still at YSCP and I would say that it is a nice little school but definately more hype than truth. It is also very much connected to a larger group of schools which they don't tell you up front. They don't own their own building but rent it from a non-profit that is a Turkish run organization, and many of the Turkish personel have been transfered from other Turkish run schools. Some of the(Turkish) teachers are getting their degrees and learning on the job when there are very qualified Americans in town who were never interviewed. As nice as these gentlman are, they are not at YSCP to simply educate our kids but to build the reputation of another Gulen school in the USA and further their own educations - hey, I'd be smiling too!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
YSCP's a great school; proactive & very, very friendly (like most parents there). YSCP teaches foreign languages & technology on top of regular material. It's ahead of the curve. The staff & administration care about the education and well-being of our kids. Via continued involvement in YSCP activities, parent & board meetings, I can say that any tension is the result of a few parents that try to dominate every meeting. Sadly, YSCP spends an inordinate amount of time responding to their 'concerns.' Many are confused and disappointed by frequent uncivil behavior by a small number of parents towards the school (and other parents). Yes, YSCP unionized. Most public schools are unionized but I wouldn't necessarily equate that with trouble or being unhappy. YSCP has grown tremendously in five years to become the largest charter school in the area & continues to self-assess & make improvements. We will be staying at YSCP.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
Our children have attended Young Scholar's since it opened in 2005. We were pleased with the elementary grades, especially the Spanish instruction. The Middle School grades, however, have been a disaster. Teacher turnover is extremely high (in the fall of 2009, only one full-time middle school teacher is returning!!) and the administration is inconsistent and aloof. Our 2 middle school age children will not be returning to YSCP.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
We have three children in Young Scholars. We have been very pleased with this school. The kids learn chinese and spanish as a normal part of their school day. They have after school clubs that add value to their program. We have multi-cultural family events like Turkish evening, Chinese evening etc. The teachers go out of their way to help our children - they had special PSSA training sessions every Saturday. The kids went to play music to play in Spikes games. I truly appreciate the effort all the teachers put in to prepare our children for the future. Our children went to Corl Street Elementary

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2007
Learning languages is great

- submitted by a staff
November 04, 2006
This is a K-5 Charter School with an emphasis on learning 'world languages.' Every class in every grade has a half-hour of Spanish and a half-hour of Chinese every day. The school also features an optional 'extended day,' which gives children the opportunity to participate in two additional, though less formal, areas of study between 3:45 and 5:30. The school hours are 8:35 to 3:25, class sizes are small, and every class has a full-time aide in addition to a regular classroom teacher. The school features volunteers from Penn State, as well as lots of parental involvement. The school is still in a temporary building, but is in the process of building a permanent school. Plans for the future include expanding to 8th grade. Children use laptops for math and special projects. Students receive an individualized education without the lack of discipline that sometimes accompanies 'student-centered' education. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
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Young Scholars of Central PA CS
1530 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA  16801
(814) 237-9727
Last modified Young Scholars of Central PA CS is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Young Scholars of Central PA CS Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top