PA Cyber

Gifted & Talented Programs

Advanced learners can maximize their education through appropriate course and grade acceleration, online enrichment courses, immersive events, and other supplemental programs.

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Helping Gifted Students Thrive

The PA Cyber Gifted and Talented team identifies gifted students and provides them with individualized educational programs. The team works closely with PA Cyber families to maximize each student’s educational potential through appropriate course and grade acceleration, optional online enrichment courses, educational events, and other supplemental programs.

For more information contact Mike Hissam, Director of Gifted and Talented Students at 724-888-7699 or

Our Gifted and Talented program offers:

  • Engaging educational opportunities and unique programs designed for advanced learners
  • Live online enrichment courses
  • Online discussion forums and interactive student competitions

Each gifted student is assigned a facilitator from PA Cyber’s Gifted and Talented team. Our facilitators have substantial experience working with gifted learners. They offer a personalized approach to understanding and accommodating each student’s educational needs.

Our program’s services follow the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Chapter 16 regulations. We carefully follow all procedures for gifted identification, evaluation, and services provided through each student’s GIEP (Gifted Individualized Education Plan).

Our virtual learning environment supports greater flexibility in curriculum options and accommodations. Many of our students grow in the gifted program and stay engaged through elementary, middle, and high school. Transfer students are welcome.

PA Cyber Gifted and Talented students have attended the following higher education institutions:

  • Bard College Conservatory of Music
  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Keystone College
  • Mansfield University
  • McGill University
  • Penn State University
  • Point Park University
  • Princeton University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • United States Naval Academy
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • West Chester University
  • West Virginia University

“With the support of Gifted and Talented staff, my son was able to pursue his love of math and even completed Calculus and Advanced Statistics by seventh grade. My daughter has also been able to accelerate her education and has been encouraged to embrace her artistic gifts. Though they have different educational needs, all are being beautifully met. My children are given room to flourish at PA Cyber.” — Abbe Coury, parent

STAR Academic Incentive Program

Exclusive to PA Cyber, the STAR program is an academic incentive program that allows students not identified as gifted learners access to similar opportunities through online enrichment courses and other supplemental programs. STAR students must meet specific academic and attendance criteria. Speak with your Academic Advisor about the STAR program.

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