Plum Borough School District is partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) and Waterfront Learning to offer Plum students the opportunity to attend a full-time cyber school. The Plum Cyber Academy is in its fifth year of existence for students in grades 3-12. Enrollment is based on an agreement between the school district and the student’s family, and it gives children an opportunity to complete school work using online curricula at home, while allowing Plum Cyber Academy students the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities sponsored by the district. Students who enroll in the Plum Cyber Academy receive instruction from teachers employed by AIU, and upon successful completion of coursework, earn credits toward graduation. Each Plum Cyber Academy student who completes all Plum Borough School District graduation requirements will be awarded a Plum Senior High School diploma and will be eligible to participate in Plum Senior High School Commencement.
Students who enroll full time in the Plum Borough Cyber Academy will receive a laptop computer and related equipment, all of which remain the property of Plum Borough School District. All equipment is collected at the end of each school year in order to perform basic maintenance and updates and redistributed at the start of the new school year. The student and parent/guardian are responsible for any lost or damaged equipment.
Academic success in the Plum Borough Cyber Academy requires students to be self-motivated, disciplined, independent learners capable of working on a computer for several hours a day. Families should carefully consider whether virtual learning will be the most effective manner of educating their child.