The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012 and amended by Act 86 of 2016. This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of low-achieving schools to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. A low achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary school ranking in the bottom 15% of their designation as elementary or secondary school based on the combined math and reading scores on the previous school year PSSA. Burgettstown Middle/High School is on the list of the bottom 15% for performance on the combined Math and Reading tests on the 2015-2016 PSSA and/or Keystone exams.
Under the OSTCP program, Burgettstown Middle/High School must offer students the choice to transfer to another school district or nonpublic school. Please know that the staff at Burgettstown has a relationship with your child and wants to continue serving your child. However, if you feel your child will be better served in another school, you may request a transfer for your child to one of the schools participating in the OSTCP.
This news is extremely disappointing for our students and staff, but it is also incredibly frustrating to suggest to others that our school is failing. All of us who know our students do not believe that for a minute. We see the history of success for our graduates. We certainly know we have areas for improvement, but this is not a failing school. Nonetheless, for 2015-16, our scores were low. We know we can do better, and we will.
If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity for your child to attend another school, you must go to the Department of Community and Economic Development website to review the list of scholarship organizations for the school districts and nonpublic schools that are participating in this program. Additional information is available on the PA Dept of Ed Website, including the list of schools participating in this program.