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The Cougar Academy is an on-line program designed to optimize student learning. Students can take online courses completely at home or participate in a hybrid schedule, with some courses on-line and some in the school setting.

Elementary and middle-school (K-8) curriculum consists of on-line courses in the four academic areas of reading / language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The high school curriculum (9-12) allows students to choose necessary courses in order to meet PASD graduation requirements.


Although the ability to access the coursework and complete assignments on-line is a vital component of this educational program, the district believes the access to a certified teacher is just as important. Therefore, students work in a direct partnership with a Palmyra Area School District teacher and learning coach using e-mail, phone, and/or instant messaging.


The courses are designed to allow for a student to work at his or her own pace; however, the student’s teacher and learning coach will monitor progress and offer assistance as needed to complete the coursework in a timely manner. All grades will be kept in PowerSchool so that parents and students can check grades online.


Course instructional materials are provided to access the courses via the Internet. The courses are provided to Palmyra Area School District residents tuition free.   Cougar Academy students will receive a laptop, printer/scanner/fax, and reimbursement of Internet service charges for the school year.

For more information, please contact

KK Knudsen

Supervisor of Online Learning and Instructional Technology

Palmyra Area School District