About KACS

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools of choice that offer students something unique– whether it’s the curriculum, teaching style, flexibility, or whatever the school wishes to accomplish that differs from other schools. Parents have the option to choose an education that fits the needs of their family and child. Given the variety of school options, from which students may choose, charter schools are able to offer instructional, social and extracurricular experiences that neighborhood schools may not. For instance, charter schools can offer a more challenging curriculum or a better support system. Charter schools help students excel, flourish, meet their academic goals, and prepare them for college and other future endeavors, while still meeting state regulations and academic expectations.

History of KACS

The school opened its doors in 2007 serving students in grades K-4. Each year, a grade level was added until the enrollment included a diverse student population of kindergarten through eighth graders. During the 2016-2017 school year, Keystone Academy moved to its current location- a combination of the renovated historic Mary Disston School joined to a newly constructed building. 

The mission of Keystone Academy is to provide students with a rigorous academic program using a concentrated science and mathematics curriculum that employs the use of integrated technology.The school, which continues to serve a diverse student population from both in and around the Philadelphia region, provides students with a rigorous academic program, opportunities for social and emotional growth, an appreciation for the arts, and opportunities to help our community through charitable works and service learning projects.

How to Enroll Your Student

Keystone Academy Charter School is a public school operating under a charter granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Admission to the school is open to all eligible students who reside within the limits of the state of Pennsylvania in grades K through 8. Keystone Academy Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, creed, gender, ethnicity, mental or physical disability, proficiency in English, or prior academic achievement when recruiting or admitting students.

Keystone Academy utilizes a lottery process for enrollment. Parents that are interested in having their child attend Keystone Academy are invited to submit their application via mail, fax, or in person at the school's main office. Click the links provided below for the current student application and the enrollment process document.

Please note, Keystone Academy will follow the federal mandate, the McKinney Vento Act, which states that any student currently enrolled at the school who may become homeless is still eligible to retain enrollment at Keystone Academy.

The 2018-2019 Student Application will be available December 1, 2017
All apllications to be included in the lottery are due by February 28, 2018.

Student Lottery Application for 2018-2019

Lottery Process and Procedures

Dr. Claudia Lyles - CEO 
Dr. Lyles is an experienced educator who holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Temple University. She is certified as a special education teacher, school psychologist and elementary principal. Each of her degrees was earned from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Lyles has worked as a Principal/Central Office Administrator in three suburban Philadelphia districts.  She holds superintendent certificates in NJ and PA. Dr. Lyles co-directed the Delaware Valley Minority Student Achievement Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania and served as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph’s University. As an independent consultant, she mentored teacher and principals and provided professional development on topics including the achievement gap and cultural competence.  Dr. Lyles was appointed CEO of Keystone Academy Charter School in August 2013 and began the process of building the Board, leading the charter renewal process, implementing fiscal controls, balancing the relationship between the board and CEO, enhancing Board training, and initiating the purchase and construction of the new building. 

Dr. Kathryn Makar- Principal
Dr. Makar is an experienced educator with a Master’s in Education from Bloomsburg University and a PhD. in Educational Psychology from Temple University. Dr. Makar also carries a Principal (K-12) Certification from Temple University. Dr. Makar has been employed as an Elementary Teacher, Computer Technology Teacher, Principal of a Philadelphia Charter School, Director of Technology and most recently the Principal of Keystone Academy Charter School. She has been instrumental in refining the curriculum at Keystone Academy and overseeing its implementation to ensure that the school continues to meet academic success. Her intimate understanding of curriculum allows her to effectively supervise instruction and to make purposeful recommendations so the teachers may improve pedagogy.

Mrs. Ariselys Rolon-Cruz- Vice Principal
Mrs. Rolon-Cruz is an experienced educator who earned a Master's in Educational Leadership from Cheyney University. She holds a Principal (K-12) certification. Mrs. Rolon-Cruz has been employed as a Classroom Teacher, Dean of Students and Instructional Supervisor in Philadelphia Charter Schools. She has also served as the Assistant Principal for the School District of Philadelphia and began employment as the Vice Principal at Keystone Academy in 2017. Mrs. Rolon-Cruz  supervises the instructional program of the school and works with the teachers and instructional coaches to enhance their craft. She has assumed responsibility for overseeing curriculum development.