Cyber charter schools are independent public schools serving students across the state. Each cyber charter school is established and operates under a charter approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. There are currently 15 cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, nine of which offer grades K-12. The first cyber charter school in Pennsylvania was founded in the late 1990s.
Cyber charter schools leverage technology to provide both curriculum and instruction to students. Cyber schools either ship physical curriculum materials to their students or utilize online materials. Students attend class from a home-based setting via a school-loaned computer. State-certified teachers deliver lessons through a variety of web-based platforms. As public schools, cyber charter schools are required to participate in all state-mandated standardized testing.