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YOUNG SCHOLARS of GREATER ALLEGHENY
CHARTER SCHOOL

Tuition Free Public Charter School • Grades K-8
CHARTER SCHOOL | GRADES K-8

YOUNG SCHOLARS
OF GREATER ALLEGHENY

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We will begin accepting applications for the 25-26  school year beginning on October 1, 2024 and will close on March 10, 2025. Applications received between these dates will be entered into our lottery system.
We will begin accepting applications for the 25-26  school year beginning on October 1, 2024 and will close on March 10, 2025. Applications received between these dates will be entered into our lottery system.

If you have not received an email from YSGA, want to check the status of your student’s enrollment, or have any questions regarding the enrollment process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at  info@ysga.org or call 412-673-7300. Apply online now to complete the enrollment process and provide the necessary documentation as seats are limited and fill up fast!

How can you enroll?

  • We begin re-enrollment for our existing students on January 1 of every calendar year for the upcoming academic year. Re-enrollment ends on February 28, 2025.
  • All enrolled students keep their seats until they graduate, provided their parents or guardians submit a re-enrollment form each year before the re-enrollment deadline.
  • Re-enrollment is not guaranteed each year and the appropriate paperwork must be completed in a timely manner.  Poor attendance and behavior will also impact the ability for re-enrollment as well.
  • Open enrollment for non-YSGA students begins July 1st and ends on February 28, 2025.
  • Any child who resides in the state of Pennsylvania is eligible for enrollment at Young Scholars. Parents and guardians can apply online.
  • Parents and guardians of current students who are not re-enrolled by February 28, 2025, must re-apply. Application guidelines apply.
  • If there are not enough seats for the number of applicants, Young Scholars will conduct a lottery to select applicants for admission. The lottery will be conducted at 5.30 p.m. on March 13, 2025. See the “Lottery Rules and Procedures” section for more information.
  • Once the lottery is complete, we ask the parents and guardians of selected students to complete the enrollment package to register their child at Young Scholars. We place all students who are not selected on a waiting list and then notify their parents/guardians that we will contact them if a seat becomes available.
  • Registration for an admitted student is complete once we receive his or her full enrollment package. Mandatory information that is to accompany the enrollment package includes a birth certificate, two proofs of residency, and a completed immunization record. Limited additional information will be requested, but not as a condition of enrollment (e.g., picture ID, former school information, academic, and special education records).
  • Young Scholars also accepts applications outside of our open enrollment period. We admit new students on a first-come, first-serve basis after the waiting list generated by the lottery has been exhausted.  YSGA does not discriminate in its admission policies or practices based on intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, status as a person with a disability, English language proficiency, or any other basis.
  • Enrollment preference will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students, children of staff and members of the board of trustees, and the chartering district’s students (McKeesport Area School District).
  • Sibling preference: Charter school law allows us to give siblings of current students priority at the time of our lottery. Please apply for any siblings that are not currently attending the school and mark that they are a sibling of a current student. If we have more siblings that apply for a grade than there are spots available, we will hold a sibling lottery prior to the open enrollment lottery. To be eligible for our sibling lottery, you must enter an application for the siblings during the open enrollment period. Any applications received after the open enrollment period will be placed in the next available spot on the waiting list.
  • A sibling is defined as a biological or legally adopted brother or sister who lives in the same household as the current YSGA student. To receive sibling preference, parents or guardians must bring a completed application to YSGA by the enrollment deadline. If your sibling application is received after the enrollment deadline, the sibling’s name will be placed at the end of the waiting list.

Open House

Sign up for one of our Open House to get a chance to explore campus, meet faculty and staff, and learn more about YSGA's approach to education. At our Open House you will also learn more about our academic programs, talk with current students and ask them about their experience. Joining our Open House gives you an opportunity to not just read and search about Young Scholars but to experience it.

YSGA maintains a waiting list for all grades. To make sure all children are treated fairly, we use the following process:

  • Assign a number to each child on the waiting list by lottery.
  • Send you an email message after the lottery to tell you your child’s place on the list.
  • Move children into a class as space becomes available, starting with siblings of current YSGA students and then children with the lowest waiting list number for each grade.
  • Inform you of your child’s acceptance to YSGA.

All applicants offered a seat shall be required to affirmatively respond to an offer for acceptance and complete enrollment documents within five (5) calendar days. Families who decline the acceptance offer will be removed from our waiting list. Families who do not respond to the acceptance offer within five (5) calendar days will be moved to the end of the waiting list.

If your child is on our waiting list, please be patient. We typically do not know about any available space until the end of June or later in the summer. To make sure we can get in touch with you, please update us regarding any changes in email address or phone number.

YSGA does not keep waiting lists from year to year. If your child is still interested in attending YSGA, you must resubmit a completed application each year.

2025-2026 Lottery Applications

The open enrollment period is available until March 10, 2025.

Current students who do not submit a re-enrollment form by the deadline of February 28, 2025, must re-apply.

The Lottery, if necessary, will be conducted on March 13, 2025, at 5:30 PM.

You will be able to submit a school application online at www.ysga.org, or you will be able to obtain a hard copy of the application form at the front office and submit the application  in person.