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Approved Private Alternative Education Institutions


In November of 1999, the General Assembly passed Act 48, which permits public schools to contract with private alternative education institutions (private providers). These private providers can be for-profit and non-profit entities or individuals. In order to contract with a public school, the private provider must apply to the Department of Education for approval. The Department reviews the institution/individual's mission statement, financial information, level of experience with disruptive youth population, previous training, and background clearances on key employees. Schools may contract with approved private providers to supply the full Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth Program or a part of the program such as the counseling component.

Below is a link to the law that allows private providers to contract with public schools.

Act 48 of 1999


If you would like to apply for approval to become a private provider of AEDY services, see directions and applications (PDF).

Programs are approved for middle school, junior high school, senior high school or area vocational-technical school in accordance with Act 30.

Once a private provider is approved, the provider is added to the List of Approved Private Alternative Education Institutions (see below) and may begin to contract with public school entities to provider alternative education services. The Act 48 program placement agreement/contract between the approved private provider and the public school entity must be submitted to PDE immediately. This document will become part of the program approval and will be kept on file by the department.

A copy of a SAMPLE contract for an approved private provider and a public school, that can be modified and used, is available by clicking on this Sample Contract (PDF). This sample is in Microsoft Word format and provided for your convenience. You DO NOT have to use this contract sample, however, you must ensure that all requirements of the state guidelines for contracts are incorporated into the contract that you use to receive approval and funding. Please do not just fill in the blanks, but review the contract and specifically spell out who is responsible for what items so that it is clear if any concerns are raised.

Provider NameApproval StatusRenewal DateAddressCityState
Adelphoi Education, Inc.Approved1119 Village WayLatrobePA
Affinity Educational Solutions (Formerly Manito, Inc.)Approved7564 Brown's Mill RoadChambersburgPA
Alternative Community Resource Program, Inc.Approved131 Market StreetJohnstownPA
Behavioral Health AssociatesApproved325 Alum StreetLehightonPA
Bethesda Lutheran ServicesApproved15487 State Hwy. 86MeadvillePA
Buxmont AcademyApprovedPo Box 283PipersvillePA
Camelot Schools of Pennsylvania, LLCApproved4207 Highway 290 EastDripping SpringsTX
Children's Center for Treatment and Education (Beacon Light Behavioral)Approved800 East Main StreetBradfordPA
Cray Youth and Family ServicesApproved332 Highland AvenueNew CastlePA
Crossroads, Inc. Alternative EducationApproved1243 Roemer Blvd.FarrellPA
Glen Mills SchoolsApprovedPO Box 5001ConcordvillePA
Harrisburg Area Learning AcademyApproved1801 North 3rd St.HarrisburgPA
Ignite Education Solutions & The Learning Lamp, Inc.Approved2025 Bedford StJohnstownPA
JusticeWorks YouthCareApproved1500 Ardmore Blvd., Suite 410PittsburghPA
Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center, Inc.Approved518 Main Street, PO BOX 352KnoxPA
Lakeside Educational NetworkApproved1350 Welsh Rd. Suite 400North WalesPA
Nittany Learning ServicesApproved300 South Harrison Rd.Pleasant GapPA
Ombudsman Educational Services, Ltd.Approved1585 N. Milwaukee AvenueLibertyvilleIL
PA Treatment & HealingApproved1536 Catherine St.WilliamsportPA
Pathways Adolescent CenterApproved370 N. Seneca StreetOil CityPA
Perseus House IncorporatedApproved150 Water St.SpartansburgPA
PHASE 4 Learning Center, Inc.Approved5850 Centre AvenuePittsburghPA
River Rock Academy, IncorporatedApproved2124 Ambassador CircleLancasterPA
Sarah A. Reed Children's CenterApproved2445 West 34th StreetEriePA
Specialized Education Services of Pennsylvania (SESI/ Catapult Learning)Approved2 Aquarium DriveCamdenNJ
The AcademyApproved7 Williams RdMalvernPA
The Children's Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc.Approved1476 North Center AvenueSomersetPA
The Prevention NetworkApproved270 Ohio River BoulevardBadenPA
Transformation LearningApproved3214 Constitution Blvd.ClaysvillePA
VisionQuest National, Inc.Approved35 Keystone Rd.Clifton Twp.PA