Dear Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship families and friends,

The 2019-2020 school year represents an exciting time for the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship (PHCSE) community. At the beginning of the school year, we will initiate a new 5-year Strategic Plan. This Plan will serve as our roadmap through 2024 and act as our guiding light in our quest for excellence in public education.

Over the past year, many diverse and talented stakeholders have come together to share their input, expertise, and experiences, which enabled us to develop the most meaningful and powerful Strategic Plan possible. PHCSE has undergone an amazing transformation during the past eight years, and under the guidance of this document, the next five years will yield even greater and more exciting results. With the participation of each community of stakeholders, there is no question we will succeed. And so, I ask you to join me by doing your part in bringing this plan alive and ensuring that Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship continues to move toward excellence in providing our scholars the entrepreneurial mindset and leadership skills they need to excel in the 21st-century.

Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship is a model charter school. As our school’s CEO, I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished together, nor could I be more enthusiastic about our future. There is no question that our best days lie ahead, and I look forward as we continue our journey over these next five years.

Wayne Jones
Chief Executive Officer

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship (PHCSE) is the nation’s only public charter school that teaches entrepreneurial concepts to students in grades K-8. PHCSE holds the distinction as a 4-Star MicroSociety School, the highest recognition of excellence awarded by MicroSociety International.  

Our students’ K-8 academic journey is as follows:

  •  In grades K-5, our students are taught through the internationally acclaimed MicroSociety curriculum. During these years, they learn how society, businesses, and the government function and how each impacts the economy. They write resumes, pay taxes, learn the government’s role individually and corporately, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • In grades 6-8, students are taught under the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship curriculum. During these years, they learn how to create and maintain businesses, develop and pitch business plans, and undergo mentorships and gain hands-on experiences.
  • To graduate, 8th-grade students present business ideas before a judging panel consisting of local entrepreneurs at PHCSE’s annual Soaring Shark Tank competition.

 It is a privilege to serve the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship as Principal and Chief Academic Officer. I look forward to working together to provide our unique educational model to many more families in the years to come.

Tamara Allen-Thomas
Principal/Chief Academic Officer