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​Keystone State ChalleNGe Academy

Dream, Believe, Achieve.


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). 



The Eight Core Components
The KSCA’s purpose is to help cadets become well rounded, responsible and productive citizens using the
Eight Core Components curriculum. All cadets must demonstrate mastery of each component to complete the program.  Cadets pursue academic improvement through classroom studies to enhance educational skills while seeking continuous self-improvement. Together with the other equally important core components, cadets will graduate with a solid foundation for continued success. 



Who We Serve and Why
High school teenagers face tough choices every day that test their resolve and can take them off track. This may lead them to struggle academically or to drop out of high school.   

Completing high school is one of the surest ways to open career options, earn better pay, and ensure greater life stability and self-reliance. 

We are confident that the KSCA can be a life-changing opportunity for admitted cadets. We will coach those struggling economically or educationally towards success as a premier residential alternative pathway.   

The KSCA will use a variety of proven programs and examinations to create a plan for each cadet’s academic, emotional, and physical improvement. 



The "NG" in ChalleNGe Stands for National Guard 
The KSCA is one of 40 academies across 31 states and territories that are administered by the U.S. Department of Defense and implemented by the National Guard Bureau.  

 Since 1993, National Guard Youth ChalleNGe academies across the nation have 

  • Intervened in and reclaimed the lives of 16 to 18-year-old teenagers  
  • Seen nearly 180,000 cadets graduate and earn a high school equivalency diploma, high school diploma, high school credits or college credits  
  • Contributed 12 million hours of service to the community efforts valued at more than $239 million performed by cadets  








Learn more today!
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 Call: 717-861-2787 or 717-861-8831

Keystone State Challenge Academy, Bldg 0-13, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003


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