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Parent Information

MMS Information

To view directions on setting up your MMS account please download the MMS Parent Directions Information.
If you have any questions, please contact the MMS administrator.

Philadelphia Academy Welcomes MMS One Call!

Philadelphia Academy Charter School is proud to announce our new rapid communication notification system. This important tool will enable us to notify you quickly in the event of an emergency or snow closing, upcoming event reminders and general school announcements.
Because you will receive notifications via the phone and/or emails, it is very important to have correct contact information. If you have made any changes to your email address or phone numbers, please send a written note with your updates to the front office of the grade school or high school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the main office at (215) 676-8320 (grade school) or (215) 673-3990 (high school).

Child Find Annual Public Notice
ELL Policy

Clearances

Child Abuse Clearance: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

Criminal Background Check: https://epatch.state.pa.us/

PA Cogent ID: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm/

Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Part I | Comprehensive Plan Part II | Comprehensive Plan Part III

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), a federal law, affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records – Please download the file Current FERPA for more information regarding these rights.

Click logo to shop online for High School uniforms or for instructions, click here.

Parent Groups

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Email: pac@philadelphiaacademy.org
Aimee Rosenfelt – K-2 Representative
Tara Alker – 3-5 Representative
Awaiting Fall Election – 6-8 Representative
Megan Wertz – 9-10 Representative
Diane Gerenger – 11-12 Representative

K-12 Home and School Association

Email: hsa@philadelphiaacademy.org
Jesa Galloway – Treasurer
Paul Coleman – Board Member
Alison Leight – Board Member
Kim Meade – Board Member
Adrienne Wielgoszinski – Board Member

Fundraising Committee

Email: mmccolgan@k12pacs.org
Dr. Maria McColgan – Committee Chair

Click to Join Home & School

Food & Nutrition Information

For the lunch menu, please click here.

PACS’ Wellness Policy

Philadelphia Academy Charter School (PACS) (hereto referred to as the District) is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year. To see the entire policy, please Click Here.

“Lunchtime” Online Payment System

Philadelphia Academy Charter School offers the secure, convenient and easy online LunchTime pre-payment web service. Using this program allows you to monitor your student’s lunch purchases, set up an automatic account replenishment and email notification (if you choose to do so) and to set up student purchase or meal limits. If you wish to try the online demo, please visit LunchTime Software.

LunchTime is a computerized debit system allowing you to pay in advance for meals. The system works with a personal identification number (PIN) pad located at the end of the serving line. The student enters their PIN and their purchase amount is deducted from the funded debit account. We encourage you to take advantage of funding your student’s account through one of the payment options.   As the account is used, purchases are automatically deducted. There is no limit on the amount of money that can be deposited, but the minimum deposit is $10.

Balance Transfers and Refunds

Balances for returning students can be carried over to the next school year or transferred to a sibling who is linked to your account at either PACS or PACHS. We h recommend that you monitor the account balance as the school year comes to a close to minimize the amount of money carried over. You may request a refund by submitting the pdf icon  Refund Request Form. The school office staff is not able to refund monies directly to students. Parents may either pick up their refund at the school or have it mailed directly to them. Refund requests require a one-week processing turnaround from when the form is submitted.

o speed up the administrative process to enter your student’s deposit to their account, please use the pdf icon Advanced Payment form. Your student may turn it in with their payment during their homeroom or drop it off at the front office no later than 9:00 a.m. to be available in the system for their lunch by the next day. Prepaying greatly increases the speed at which your student goes through the cafeteria line. Menus will continue to be posted on the website. A fee of $15 will be assessed for checks returned due to insufficient funds. This is the service fee charged by our
bank.

Online Credit Card/Debit Card Payment Options

Because the LunchTime service is linked to the parent portal, you will need to have a parent account set up to take advantage of this service. You will need your student ID number which can be found to the right of your student’s name on their report card. If you have more than one student at PACS/PACHS, you do not need to create a separate account for each student. To add another student to your account, go to the “My Account” tab and enter their student ID number. A parent can be linked to many students, but a student can only be linked to one parent. Once logged in to your student’s account, click on the link, “View Cafeteria Account,” to go to the Lunch Time Account Access Listing. Here you may set up notification settings, deposit funds, or set spending limits or restrictions. Once activated, a detailed account of your student’s transactions will show including balances and
purchases.

In order to use the online prepayment credit card services for Visa, Master Card or Discover, a convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover the bank fees, credit card fees and web site maintenance costs. The convenience fee for credit cards is 2.5% and a transaction fee of $0.50. If you choose the online check option, you will need your bank
routing number and account number. The convenience fee is 1% and a transaction fee of $0.50. Philadelphia Academy Charter School retains no portion of this fee and does not profit from the use of this site.

Additional Information

Balances for returning students can be carried over to the next school year or transferred to a sibling who is linked to your account at either PACS or PACHS. We highly recommend that you monitor the account balance as the school year comes to a close to minimize the amount of money carried over. You may request a refund by submitting the pdf icon Refund Request Form. The school office staff is not able to refund monies directly to students. Parents may either pick up their refund at the school or have it mailed directly to them. Refund requests require a one week processing turnaround from when the form is submitted.

Downloadable PDFs

pdf iconBalance Transfer Form

pdf icon Lunchtime Instructions

pdf icon 2016-17 Free/Reduced Application

Payment Options for Lunchtime

Online Credit Card/Debit Card Payment Options

Because the LunchTime service is linked to the parent portal, you will need to have a parent account to take advantage of this service. You will need your student ID number that can be found to the right of your student’s name on their report card or you may call the school to get this information.  If you have more than one student at PACS/PACHS, you do not need to create a separate account for each student. To add another student to your account, go to the “My Account” tab and enter their student ID number. A parent can be linked to many students, but a student can only be linked to one parent. Once logged in to your student’s account, click on the link, “View Cafeteria Account,” to go to the Lunch Time Account Access Listing. In this section you may set up notifications, deposit funds, or set spending limits or restrictions. Once activated, a detailed account of transactions will be available.

In order to use the online prepayment services for Visa, Master Card or Discover, a convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover bank fees, credit card fees and website maintenance costs. The convenience fee for credit cards is 2.5% and a transaction fee of $0.50. If you choose the online check option, you will need your bank routing number and account number. The convenience fee is 1% and a transaction fee of $0.50.                                                                                           

PACS retains no portion of this fee and does not profit from the use of this site.

Direct Payment to the School

If you wish to prepay for your student’s lunch for the week or month, you may send cash, check or a money order payable to PACS or PACHS.   Your student may turn it in during their homeroom, or drop it off at the front office of the High School to be available in the system for their lunch by the next day. A fee of $15 will be assessed for checks returned due to insufficient funds.  Your bank will also charge a fee for the returned check.

Questions?

Mary Joscelyne – Grade School, 215-676-8320, mjoscelyne@k12pacs.org

Gloria Tuckey – High School, 215-673-3990,  gtuckey@k12pacs.org

Title Information

Philadelphia Academy receives Title I funds and is a Schoolwide Title I Program. A Schoolwide Title I program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the educational program in grades K-12. The primary goal of a Schoolwide Title I program is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic standards. Funds from Title I are used to further this purpose.

The emphasis of a Schoolwide Program is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all fiscal resources to maximize student improvement. In a Title I Schoolwide program, all students are considered Title I students and all teachers are considered Title I teachers.  Materials purchased with federal dollars can be used throughout the building for all students and all teachers.  Your student will be able to receive additional support from any staff member.

Because all students are Title I students, all parents are encouraged to become involved as Title I parents.  Parent Involvement is a vital piece of the Title I program. Parent workshops are offered to support parents and their students.  Parent events are held to welcome you to the school community. The Parent Advisory Council, or PAC, participates in the development of all Title I Documents. Please take a few moments to review the Title I Documents in this section of the website.

pdf icon 2016-17 Title I Parent Meeting

pdf icon School/Parent Compact

pdf icon School Wide Plan

pdf icon Parent Involvement Policy

pdf icon Right to Know

Should you need any additional information regarding our Title I program, you may contact the Federal Programs Coordinator by clicking here.

Medical Forms

The following forms have been provided by the nurse, for the parent/guardians’ convenience, to download and print:

pdf icon Tylenol Consent Form

This form needs to be read and signed by the parent/guardian and student each school year in order for Tylenol to be dispensed at school.

pdf icon Medication Consent Form

This form needs to be filled out by a physician if a student requires medication to be given at school.

Note: This does not include Tylenol.

pdf icon Medical Exam Form (Physical Form)

This form needs to be filled out by a physician for children entering kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade and for any new student entering the school. This form has two pages.

pdf icon Emergency Contact Form

This form is to be used to update information to keep our records current with any change of address or change of emergency contact information.

pdf icon Dental Exam Form

This form needs to be filled out by the child’s dentist for entry into school and/or kindergarten, 3rd grade and 7th grade.

pdf icon Medical Form-Phys Ed Restriction

This form needs to be completed by a physician regarding any restrictions for Physical Education class.

pdf icon PIAA Athletic Form

This form needs to be completed by a physician to play any PIAA sport.

Parent Information

MMS Information

To view directions on setting up your MMS account please download the MMS Parent Directions Information.
If you have any questions, please contact the MMS administrator.

Philadelphia Academy Welcomes MMS One Call!

Philadelphia Academy Charter School is proud to announce our new rapid communication notification system. This important tool will enable us to notify you quickly in the event of an emergency or snow closing, upcoming event reminders and general school announcements.
Because you will receive notifications via the phone and/or emails, it is very important to have correct contact information. If you have made any changes to your email address or phone numbers, please send a written note with your updates to the front office of the grade school or high school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the main office at (215) 676-8320 (grade school) or (215) 673-3990 (high school).

Child Find Annual Public Notice
ELL Policy

Clearances

Child Abuse Clearance: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

Criminal Background Check: https://epatch.state.pa.us/

PA Cogent ID: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm/

Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Part I | Comprehensive Plan Part II | Comprehensive Plan Part III

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), a federal law, affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records – Please download the file Current FERPA for more information regarding these rights.

Click logo to shop online for High School uniforms or for instructions, click here.

Parent Groups

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Email: pac@philadelphiaacademy.org
Aimee Rosenfelt – K-2 Representative
Tara Alker – 3-5 Representative
Awaiting Fall Election – 6-8 Representative
Megan Wertz – 9-10 Representative
Diane Gerenger – 11-12 Representative

K-12 Home and School Association

Email: hsa@philadelphiaacademy.org
Jesa Galloway – Treasurer
Paul Coleman – Board Member
Alison Leight – Board Member
Kim Meade – Board Member
Adrienne Wielgoszinski – Board Member

Fundraising Committee

Email: mmccolgan@k12pacs.org
Dr. Maria McColgan – Committee Chair

Click to Join Home & School

Food & Nutrition Information

For the lunch menu, please click here.

PACS’ Wellness Policy

Philadelphia Academy Charter School (PACS) (hereto referred to as the District) is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year. To see the entire policy, please Click Here.

“Lunchtime” Online Payment System

Philadelphia Academy Charter School offers the secure, convenient and easy online LunchTime pre-payment web service. Using this program allows you to monitor your student’s lunch purchases, set up an automatic account replenishment and email notification (if you choose to do so) and to set up student purchase or meal limits. If you wish to try the online demo, please visit LunchTime Software.

LunchTime is a computerized debit system allowing you to pay in advance for meals. The system works with a personal identification number (PIN) pad located at the end of the serving line. The student enters their PIN and their purchase amount is deducted from the funded debit account. We encourage you to take advantage of funding your student’s account through one of the payment options.   As the account is used, purchases are automatically deducted. There is no limit on the amount of money that can be deposited, but the minimum deposit is $10.

Balance Transfers and Refunds

Balances for returning students can be carried over to the next school year or transferred to a sibling who is linked to your account at either PACS or PACHS. We h recommend that you monitor the account balance as the school year comes to a close to minimize the amount of money carried over. You may request a refund by submitting the pdf icon  Refund Request Form. The school office staff is not able to refund monies directly to students. Parents may either pick up their refund at the school or have it mailed directly to them. Refund requests require a one-week processing turnaround from when the form is submitted.

o speed up the administrative process to enter your student’s deposit to their account, please use the pdf icon Advanced Payment form. Your student may turn it in with their payment during their homeroom or drop it off at the front office no later than 9:00 a.m. to be available in the system for their lunch by the next day. Prepaying greatly increases the speed at which your student goes through the cafeteria line. Menus will continue to be posted on the website. A fee of $15 will be assessed for checks returned due to insufficient funds. This is the service fee charged by our
bank.

Online Credit Card/Debit Card Payment Options

Because the LunchTime service is linked to the parent portal, you will need to have a parent account set up to take advantage of this service. You will need your student ID number which can be found to the right of your student’s name on their report card. If you have more than one student at PACS/PACHS, you do not need to create a separate account for each student. To add another student to your account, go to the “My Account” tab and enter their student ID number. A parent can be linked to many students, but a student can only be linked to one parent. Once logged in to your student’s account, click on the link, “View Cafeteria Account,” to go to the Lunch Time Account Access Listing. Here you may set up notification settings, deposit funds, or set spending limits or restrictions. Once activated, a detailed account of your student’s transactions will show including balances and
purchases.

In order to use the online prepayment credit card services for Visa, Master Card or Discover, a convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover the bank fees, credit card fees and web site maintenance costs. The convenience fee for credit cards is 2.5% and a transaction fee of $0.50. If you choose the online check option, you will need your bank
routing number and account number. The convenience fee is 1% and a transaction fee of $0.50. Philadelphia Academy Charter School retains no portion of this fee and does not profit from the use of this site.

Additional Information

Balances for returning students can be carried over to the next school year or transferred to a sibling who is linked to your account at either PACS or PACHS. We highly recommend that you monitor the account balance as the school year comes to a close to minimize the amount of money carried over. You may request a refund by submitting the pdf icon Refund Request Form. The school office staff is not able to refund monies directly to students. Parents may either pick up their refund at the school or have it mailed directly to them. Refund requests require a one week processing turnaround from when the form is submitted.

Downloadable PDFs

pdf iconBalance Transfer Form

pdf icon Lunchtime Instructions

pdf icon 2016-17 Free/Reduced Application

Payment Options for Lunchtime

Online Credit Card/Debit Card Payment Options

Because the LunchTime service is linked to the parent portal, you will need to have a parent account to take advantage of this service. You will need your student ID number that can be found to the right of your student’s name on their report card or you may call the school to get this information.  If you have more than one student at PACS/PACHS, you do not need to create a separate account for each student. To add another student to your account, go to the “My Account” tab and enter their student ID number. A parent can be linked to many students, but a student can only be linked to one parent. Once logged in to your student’s account, click on the link, “View Cafeteria Account,” to go to the Lunch Time Account Access Listing. In this section you may set up notifications, deposit funds, or set spending limits or restrictions. Once activated, a detailed account of transactions will be available.

In order to use the online prepayment services for Visa, Master Card or Discover, a convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover bank fees, credit card fees and website maintenance costs. The convenience fee for credit cards is 2.5% and a transaction fee of $0.50. If you choose the online check option, you will need your bank routing number and account number. The convenience fee is 1% and a transaction fee of $0.50.                                                                                           

PACS retains no portion of this fee and does not profit from the use of this site.

Direct Payment to the School

If you wish to prepay for your student’s lunch for the week or month, you may send cash, check or a money order payable to PACS or PACHS.   Your student may turn it in during their homeroom, or drop it off at the front office of the High School to be available in the system for their lunch by the next day. A fee of $15 will be assessed for checks returned due to insufficient funds.  Your bank will also charge a fee for the returned check.

Questions?

Mary Joscelyne – Grade School, 215-676-8320, mjoscelyne@k12pacs.org

Gloria Tuckey – High School, 215-673-3990,  gtuckey@k12pacs.org

Title Information

Philadelphia Academy receives Title I funds and is a Schoolwide Title I Program. A Schoolwide Title I program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the educational program in grades K-12. The primary goal of a Schoolwide Title I program is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement on State academic standards. Funds from Title I are used to further this purpose.

The emphasis of a Schoolwide Program is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all fiscal resources to maximize student improvement. In a Title I Schoolwide program, all students are considered Title I students and all teachers are considered Title I teachers.  Materials purchased with federal dollars can be used throughout the building for all students and all teachers.  Your student will be able to receive additional support from any staff member.

Because all students are Title I students, all parents are encouraged to become involved as Title I parents.  Parent Involvement is a vital piece of the Title I program. Parent workshops are offered to support parents and their students.  Parent events are held to welcome you to the school community. The Parent Advisory Council, or PAC, participates in the development of all Title I Documents. Please take a few moments to review the Title I Documents in this section of the website.

pdf icon 2016-17 Title I Parent Meeting

pdf icon School/Parent Compact

pdf icon School Wide Plan

pdf icon Parent Involvement Policy

pdf icon Right to Know

Should you need any additional information regarding our Title I program, you may contact the Federal Programs Coordinator by clicking here.

Medical Forms

The following forms have been provided by the nurse, for the parent/guardians’ convenience, to download and print:

pdf icon Tylenol Consent Form

This form needs to be read and signed by the parent/guardian and student each school year in order for Tylenol to be dispensed at school.

pdf icon Medication Consent Form

This form needs to be filled out by a physician if a student requires medication to be given at school.

Note: This does not include Tylenol.

pdf icon Medical Exam Form (Physical Form)

This form needs to be filled out by a physician for children entering kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade and for any new student entering the school. This form has two pages.

pdf icon Emergency Contact Form

This form is to be used to update information to keep our records current with any change of address or change of emergency contact information.

pdf icon Dental Exam Form

This form needs to be filled out by the child’s dentist for entry into school and/or kindergarten, 3rd grade and 7th grade.

pdf icon Medical Form-Phys Ed Restriction

This form needs to be completed by a physician regarding any restrictions for Physical Education class.

pdf icon PIAA Athletic Form

This form needs to be completed by a physician to play any PIAA sport.