In the United States, just 9% of students from low-income families graduate college by the time they are 24. Scholar Academies is determined to change that statistic for our students. We place our graduates in excellent high schools that will help them continue on the path to college and careers, and best fit their individual interests and needs. Since 2009, 99% of 8th graders at Young Scholars Charter School, our flagship campus, have gone on to college-prep high schools. Our Philadelphia and Trenton graduates go on to a variety of special admission public, charter and independent schools.

Alumni Spotlight:

“I love Young Scholars. They really push you. They really try to ensure that you do your best and that you’re successful in life.”

Kyra McFadden, Young Scholars Charter School class of 2008, Gettysburg College class of 2016

Kyra McFadden, a 2008 Young Scholars Charter School (YSCS) graduate, was an ideal student. As a 6th grader, though, she didn’t fully understand the PATH values (Professional, Attentive, Thoughtful and Hardworking), or why she should follow them. Kyra deeply trusted her teachers, bought into the systems and created her own strong habits. By 8th grade, Kyra embodied these values 100%, and eventually explained to her teachers that the skills she learned at YSCS have directly supported her success. PATH allowed Kyra to quickly adapt to Shipley, the high-performing private high school she graduated from, and to succeed at Gettysburg College.

Kyra McFadden, Young Scholars Charter School class of 2008, Gettysburg College class of 2016

Dad Poquie, a Young Scholars Charter School (YSCS) and LaSalle High School graduate, and is now a sophomore at Penn State University. While at YSCS, Dad consistently embodied academic and athletic grit. YSCS allowed him to strive for excellence. In middle school, he consistently stayed late for extra help as a middle school student, and returned as a high school student to work late into the evening in the computer lab on assignments. As a 7th grader and part of the running club, Dad was the first student to complete the 10-Mile Broad Street Run, and did it in an impressive 1 ½ hours. Today, Dad is doing incredibly well academically and is part of the Penn State football team.

Dad Poquie, Young Scholars Charter School class of 2009, Penn State University College class of 2017

Scholar Academies alumni and families, please use the information below to contact your School Director:

Young Scholars Charter School
Jessika Rao

Young Scholars Kenderton Charter School
Shakira Smith

Paul Robeson Charter School
Megan Lane Lepore

DC Scholars Stanton Elementary
Rena Johnson

DC Scholars Public Charter School
Rebecca Crouch