• According to Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based ranking and review website, charter schools in Centre County didn't receive a ranking higher than Bellefonte Area School District for the 2018-19 school year — which is in the A’s. The same can be said for the other charter schools from around the commonwealth funded in part by the district.

    Niche works on rankings by rigorously analyzing dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards and profiles for every K-12 school, college and neighborhood in the country. To learn more, visit this link: https://www.niche.com/about/data/

    Bellefonte Area School District
    Grades K-12. The average student to teacher ratio is 13-to-1 at schools within Bellefonte Area School District. That is lower than the 17-to-1 national average.

    • A, teachers
    • A, clubs and activities
    • A, health and safety
    • A, food
    • A, resources and facilities
    • A-, academics
    • B+, sports
    • B+, college prep
    • B, administration
    • C, diversity

    Centre Learning Community
    Grades 5-8. The average student to teacher ratio is 11-to-1.

    • A, teachers
    • B-, academics
    • C, diversity
    • Overall rating: B-

    Nittany Valley
    Grades K-8. The average student to teacher ratio is 6-to-1.

    • A, teachers
    • B, academics
    • B, diversity
    • Overall rating: B

    Young Scholars
    Grades K-8. The average student to teacher ratio is 10-to-1.

    • B+ teachers
    • B, academics
    • B, diversity
    • Overall rating: B

    Wonderland Charter School in State College closed in 2018 after a lawsuit against the school due to inadequate education including issues with student achievement, lack of staff certifications, improper compensation and staffing, and more. A three-month investigation also found ethics violations and discrimination against special education students. To read more about the lawsuit and closure, visit these links:

    Other Niche ratings of charter schools where funding was contributed by Bellefonte Area School District in the 2018-19 school year:

    21st Century Cyber Charter School

    • Overall rating: B-

    Agora Cyber Charter School

    • Overall rating: C+

    Central Pennsylvania Digital Learning Foundation Charter School

    • Overall rating: C-

    Commonwealth Charter Academy

    • Overall rating: B-

    Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

    • Overall rating: C+

    Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School

    • Overall rating: B+

    Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School

    • Overall rating: C+

    Sugar Valley Rural Charter School in nearby Loganton, Clinton County was not given a score. Niche stops ranking schools less than a grade of a D. Sugar Valley is among 15 charter schools in the commonwealth that fall below that rank. Information reported also shows that only 38 percent of students are at least proficient in reading and 21 percent of students are at least proficient in math.