• Academic

    “Getting Back on Course” Challenge Academy is committed to hiring Pennsylvania Department of Education certified teachers who are experienced with the alternative education population, unswerving in providing a rigorous academic program, and skillful in building relationships with students. Teachers must Read More
  • Therapuetic

    “Connecting to Services” Challenge Academy’s philosophy is that our school was created to serve others, most specifically students, parents and the community. When students enter Challenge Academy, we take the whole family approach and embrace each parent or guardian as Read More
  • Transition

    "We are the Beginning, not the End" Students transition into Challenge Academy from a variety of sources – school districts, agencies, residential placements and boot camps. In order to make the transition as seamless as possible, Challenge Academy meets with the Read More
  • Support Services

    Individual Service Plan (ISP) Prior to becoming enrolled, the student, parent/guardian, and agency or school district meet with one of Challenge Academy’s Case Managers to develop goals and objectives to be met during the school year. These include behavior, therapeutic Read More
  • Behavior Modification

    The Morning Program Morning is the cornerstone of the behavior modification program at Challenge Academy. The purpose of this daily program is to provide structure, discipline and character building. The Morning Program combines military type commands of “Attention” and “Parade Read More
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Challenge Academy, a subsidiary of Three Cord Youth Services, is an alternative education school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Located in York, PAs historic Salem Square, Challenge Academy contracts with school districts in York County to provide academic, therapeutic and transition services.

Challenge Academy is a service-centered program.  The key to our success has been strong parental involvement coupled with intensive relationship building between students and staff.  We exhaust all options in helping students become successful in the classroom, school, family and community including networking to connect families and students to needed and appropriate services.  Our Behavior Coordinators provide door to door transportation, affording twice daily parental contact and assurance that students attend school regularly.  Phone conferencing, multidisciplinary meetings and home visits are a constant within the program.

Challenge Academys small, self-contained classes provide students with individual academic attention.  Upon entrance, students take a diagnostic test to ascertain current academic levels. Curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.  PSSA preparation is incorporated into the daily schedule.  The use of a wireless mobile lab of computer laptops encourages student involvement in project based learning.  Students with IEPs participate in regular classes; remedial assistance is available on an as needed basis.

Challenge Academy contracts with the Lehman Center for art therapy.  Individual and group counseling is provided on site.  PUSH (Persevere, Understand, Strive and Honor), a therapeutic classroom, is available for students with more severe behavioral issues.  Our daily Trenches Program combines physical exercises with social skill training and character education.  Each student has an Individual Service Plan and monthly behavior reports are forwarded to the sending school district.

Transition back to the sending school district includes preplanning, individual reentry schedules and intensive follow up. Pull back is available, if appropriate. Services are also provided for students needing a more restrictive program.

Please call 717-845-4046 for an Intake Packet.


3 Cord Youth Services LLC

Challenge Academy is a subsidiary of Three Cord Youth Services LLC