The Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship (PHCSE) is a K-8, tuition-free, public charter school in Penn Hills, PA. We opened our doors in 2011, and have since grown to educate over 400 students from more than ten school districts in the Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond.
Students are educated in an innovative, hands-on, engaging curriculum of Entrepreneurship Education, which is aligned to Pennsylvania Common Core standards. This curriculum is designed to bring entrepreneurial and economic concepts alive for students. The lessons related to the core elementary and middle school curriculum of science, math, social studies, and English language arts will incorporate the basic economic and entrepreneurial concepts.
Utilizing the MicroSociety and the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship curriculum, our youth entrepreneurs produce goods and services and compete in our annual pitch competition called Soaring Shark Tank. Our elected officials establish laws, Crime Stoppers keep the peace, judges arbitrate disputes, and reporters track down stories. All students develop innovative ideas, write business plans, write resumes, earn wages in the school’s “inventive” form of currency, invest in product ideas, deposit and borrow money from “inventive” banks, and pay taxes and rent.
Our mission is to provide a world-class education for the students in the Penn Hills community that will not only prepare students academically but to develop into informed and responsible world citizens, creative problem solvers, and effective communicators. We believe that children of all cultures and abilities can learn and be challenged to reach their highest potential. To achieve this, the school recognizes the importance of collaboration with the entire learning community of students, parents, community members, and school staff. Our mission is to ensure that the students experience real life 21st century learning experiences in an innovative, community based public school setting, and created to build a foundation that will enable students to reach their highest potential.
Our vision is for every student to reach his or her full potential and discover the pathways for lifelong success.
We believe in Soaring to Success by building strong, Character, Academics, Relationships, and Entrepreneurs for a Life of Leadership.