About the KSCA
Welcome to the Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy (KSCA), a positive, high energy, learning environment designed to guide at-risk teenagers in furthering their education and setting a path to a brighter future. Cadets will experience a structured and disciplined residential program built upon a military-based training model.
Our mission is to intervene in, and reclaim the lives of, 16 to 18-year-old high school dropouts from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.
The KSCA will provide a fresh opportunity for Pennsylvania high school aged students to find renewed success outside of the traditional school setting by assisting them in improving their educational levels and employment potential.
Slated to officially open to cadets in 2022, the academy is located at the scenic Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pa., where cadets can enjoy learning in a rural setting, but only miles from the capital city of Harrisburg.
Once open, the KSCA will be a selective and voluntary alternative education program lasting 17 months with both a residential and post-residential phase.
During the 22-week residential phase cadets
Can work towards attaining a G.E.D. or towards recovering high school credits
Enhance life and job skills, improve self-discipline, practice teamwork and contribute to the community through acts of service
During the 12-month post-residential phase cadets
Transition into full time employment, return to high school to earn a diploma, or continue onto college or a trade school
Are guided by a trained mentor of their own choosing in cooperation with the KSCA staff
There is no tuition cost to attend. Meals, housing, uniforms, and school supplies are provided at no charge. While it is not unusual for students to take a great interest in pursuing a military career, there is no military obligation requirement after completing the program.
The KSCA is a joint effort between the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and the National Guard Bureau in consultation with the PA Department of Education (PDE).