PHCSE’s PACSP Grant Executive Summary

The mission of the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship (PHCSE) is to ensure all students have a real-life 21st-century learning experience, in an innovative, community-based public school setting that enables them to reach their highest potential. PHCSE is a high-quality K-8 public school located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh known for its innovative entrepreneurship program. 

Approximately 87% of PHCSE students are minority (black, hispanic, multi-racial), and 100% of students receive free meals through the National School Lunch Program. Since opening in 2011, PHCSE has been a leader in K-12 entrepreneurship education in Pennsylvania and beyond. PHCSE is the only public K-8 school in Pennsylvania with a core focus in entrepreneurship education.

PHCSE has received several awards and recognition, however, most notably the school has a 4-STAR MicroSociety program, the highest distinction a MicroSociety school can attain, Middle States Accreditation, the only school in Pennsylvania recognized as one of America’s Healthiest Schools in 2021, and partnered with MicroSociety, Inc. to receive a $250,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to develop an online career readiness program for youth in the Pittsburgh region. The PACSP grant opportunity has come at a great time for PHCSE as it seeks to strengthen its innovative entrepreneurship program and expand enrollment to more at-risk youth. 

Entrepreneurship education has been found to not only improve student engagement and learning but to also increase workforce diversity and economic mobility. PHCSE students learn how society and commerce are interconnected through a holistic and hands-on learning environment. The PACSP grant will aid in PHCSE’s expansion plan by equipping existing and prospective students with first-class learning resources and technology that is often foreign in urban schools. PHCSE’s two primary expansion goals are aligned with the PACSP SMART goals: (1) increase at-risk student enrollment and (2) 80% of all students will meet their individualized iReady Reading and Math growth goals by 2025.

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