The Cougar Academy is Palmyra Area School District's cyber school serving students in grades K-12. Enrollment in the Cougar Academy allows the district to deliver the same high-quality education as students in the traditional school receive while keeping funding local.

Elementary and middle-school (K-8) curriculum consists of online courses in the four academic areas of reading / language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies as well as optional electives. The high school curriculum (9-12) allows students to choose necessary courses in order to meet PASD graduation requirements.


To learn more about the Cougar Academy please contact:

Mr. Mike Rashid
Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Online Learning
(717) 838-1331

Forms & Documents

Course Offerings

Language Arts
  • K-12 Language Arts
  • AP English Literature
  • AP English Language
  • Sports Literature
  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Research in Genre Based Literature
  • Speech and Debate
  • K-7 Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • CP Algebra I A and B
  • CP Algebra II A and B
  • CP Geometry
  • CP Pre-Calculus
  • CP Calculus
  • CP Statistics
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • CP Finite Math
Social Studies
  • K-8 Social Studies
  • American Cultures
  • Civics & Government
  • World History
  • Current Events
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • You and the Law
  • AP US History
  • K-8 Science
  • CP Physical Science
  • CP Biology A and B
  • CP Chemistry
  • CP Earth Science
  • CP Environmental Science
  • CP Physics
  • CP Forensic Science
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • AP Physics
Extended-Core Curriculum
  • Accounting
  • Art Appreciation
  • Career and Financial Literacy
  • Driver’s Ed/Career Ed
  • Fashion and Interior Design
  • French I-IV
  • Health I & II
  • International Business Internship
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Microsoft Office Projects
  • Multimedia Web Design
  • Music Appreciation
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish I-IV
  • Studio Art
  • Video Game Design

*Additional College Prep, Honors, AP, Dual Enrollment (college) and elective courses are available.


Will my child receive a Palmyra Area School District diploma?

Yes, Cougar Academy students are considered Palmyra students and will receive a Palmyra diploma.

Can my child participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes, they are eligible to participate in all sports, clubs, and activities.

Does Cougar Academy offer any in-person classes or Hybrid schedules?

Students in the Cougar Academy have an individualized schedule that may be made up of the following options:

  1. Online at home- students have the ability to work completely online at home, similar to a traditional cyber school.
  2. Hybrid schedule- in this model, students would attend PASD classes for a portion of the day and work at home for the other portion.
  3. Hybrid schedule with Cougar Academy room (grades 9-12)- students can take some courses in the high school building and others in the Cougar Academy room during the school day.
Do Cougar Academy students have access to the same educaitonal resources as other students?

Students in our online program have full access to district resources including teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, athletics, performing arts and instrumental lessons. Students have access to the following instructional technology programs depending on grade level: Reading Eggs, Ed City Math, Study Island, World Book Online, Brain Pop and Google Apps for Education.

Do I need to purchase or supply my own technology for my child?

Course instructional materials are provided to access the courses via the Internet. The courses are provided to Palmyra Area School District residents tuition free. Cougar Academy students will receive a laptop, printer/scanner/fax, and reimbursement of Internet service charges for the school year.

Will my child have access to certified teachers?

Although the ability to access the coursework and complete assignments on-line is a vital component of this educational program, the district believes the access to a certified teacher is just as important. Therefore, students work in a direct partnership with a Palmyra Area School District teacher and learning coach using e-mail, phone, and/or instant messaging.

Does my child have a rigid daily schedule or can they work at their own pace?

The courses are designed to allow for a student to work at his or her own pace; however, the student’s teacher and learning coach will monitor progress and offer assistance as needed to complete the coursework in a timely manner. All grades will be kept in PowerSchool so that parents and students can check grades online.