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500 N 17th Street
Harrisburg, PA  17103
Interested in learning more about our school?

Premier Arts and Science Charter School (PASCS) is a public school chartered by the Harrisburg School Board of Directors.  The grant for this Charter was approved by the Board of School Directors on August 31, 2012.

PASCS was founded and established as a result of strong community support. Teachers, parents, students, neighbors, community leaders and others shared partnership letters, completed surveys and expressed various sentiments of support.  

We invite you to learn more about us by clicking on the "Who We Are" section above.  Then, find out more about our Founder and CAO, Darlene M. Smith, as she provides insight into the school's unique curriculum approach.

Parents and students can also read about teachers and staff, and discover their commitment to nurturing the whole child--academically, socially and emotionally.
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In the 2018-2019 school year, PASCS will serve 220 children in grades K through fifth, with no more than 20 students in each class.

Our Mission

To develop and enhance superb critical, analytical, and reasoning skills in learners through the Socratic Method of teaching using a back-to-basics approach to learning and an uncompromising focus on excellence.
"I envision a future where self-disciplined and self-motivated scholars are reading Shakespeare and reflecting on the lessons in his literature, solving mathematical equations, and communicating in diverse languages--all before entering kindergarten."
--Darlene M. Smith
Chief Administrative Officer

Premier Arts & Science Charter School's regular scheduled Board Meeting is canceled for Thursday, November 15, 2018.