Dream, Believe, Achieve
About the KSCA
Apply now to be considered for acceptance to a class. Classes begin in Mid-January and Mid-July each year. If selected, students will attend the 22-week residential phase at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, PA. (Lebanon County.) Our admissions team will guide interested teens and their families through the admissions process.
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 provide Pennsylvania teens who are struggling in high school a path to achieve the self-discipline, education, and skills necessary to succeed as productive, responsible citizens through an engaging, safe, and structured residential experience at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA.
Our vision is to be a life changing opportunity for every Cadet, supported by a Cadet-focused team. We will provide a fresh opportunity for Pennsylvania high school aged students to find renewed success outside of their current school setting, to improve their academic standing, and to increase their potential for future employment or further education. A professional, mutually supporting team is unified in the collective goal of improving the lives of teens who are seeking direction, purpose and understanding.
The academy is a tuition-free program for Pennsylvania residents. It is geared towards 16-18 years old students who are disengaged in school, behind in credits, or at risk of dropping out.
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.
During the 22-week residential phase cadets - Can work towards passing the GED ® or towards earning credits or recovering high school credits through adaptive credit recovery
Request for information and applying for admission
Please start the application process now to ensure you can meet the requirements for admission.
Eligibility Requirements. Please verify you meet these and contact us with questions.
Application Form. Download and complete this fillable pdf, then submit it to us.
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).