News & Announcements

Act 66 of 2021 - Student Grade Level Retainment Guidance

On June 30, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 66 of 2021 (Act 66) into law. Act 66 permits students that were enrolled during the 2020-21 school year to repeat their grade level in an effort to make up for any lost educational opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, even if the student met the requirements to be promoted to the next grade level. Based on this Act, parents/guardians and students, at or over the age of 18, have until July 15, 2021, to elect to have their child or themselves repeat a grade level for the 2021-22 school year. Please click "Read Full Story" to access the link to the PA Education department page on Act 66 and the form for retention in grade.

Summer Pin Challenge

We are excited to share with you our summer learning program. This summer, students will be able to earn pin by completing challenges. We’re challenging our students to earn 2 pins a week!

There’s over 30 pins for students to choose from. Students can choose the ones that interest them the most. To view all of the pins, visit our website at

As students complete challenges, they will email their work to to receive the virtual pin. They’ll be able to view their virtual pins through the Badgr app connected to clever. The first time students sign into Badgr, they will need their WOLCS google account and password.

Students will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for every 7 pins they earn! In addition, students will receive an honorary lunch when we return in the fall along with the real pin.

Don’t forget to check ClassDojo for announcements of the weekly student in the spotlight and zoom events where students will be able to come together to earn the pin of the week!

West Oak Lane Charter School Enrollment Lottery to be held on “Facebook Live”

West Oak Lane Charter School (WOLCS) is breaking new ground in response to COVID-19 as it will hold its enrollment lottery via Facebook Live. PA charter schools are required to hold lotteries when applications exceed available seats. After COVID-19 closed school buildings, WOLCS officials extended the school’s 2020-2021 school year lottery so that parents who did not submit enrollment applications before March 13 could participate in seeking public school choice for their children.

WOLCS CEO Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee said, “While we will miss seeing the smiles, hugs, and high fives when a family’s child is selected from the lottery, we are thankful for technology like Facebook Live that will ensure winning families are not cheated out of their special celebratory moment.”

Coronavirus Update and Precautions

UPDATE: Due to the heightened concerns of exposure to the Coronavirus, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has closed all schools indefinitely. Please click "Read Full Story" below to keep updated on all available information.

WOLCS Back to School Announcement

Welcome back to West Oak Lane Charter School, (WOLCS), and the beginning of a new school year. We pray that this communication finds you and your family well! After a year and a half of fully virtual instruction, we are anxiously anticipating the shift to some in-person teaching and learning. While we were planning for a full, in-person school reopening this fall, with the current COVID-19 health status being in the substantial range in Philadelphia, and impacting children now more than ever, we have made the decision to open school using a hybrid model. Please click "Read Full Story" to view the entire Back to School Letter.

Free Internet Service from Comcast

Internet Essentials from Comcast brings you affordable, high-speed Internet. We want to make it easier for low-income households to get connected so they can more easily work from home, access educational resources, and stay in contact with friends and family. You may be eligible for 2 months of free Internet Essentials service. Available for new Internet Essentials customers only. Apply by May 13, 2020.

Upcoming Board Meeting - 7/26/2021

Notice of upcoming Board Meeting to be conducted on Monday, July 26th at 8:30am. Please click the "Read full story" link below to access the Zoom Meeting link and associated information

School District Data Shows West Oak Lane Charter School Performance Spike

WEST OAK LANE—West Oak Lane Charter School’s (WOLCS) overall performance has increased by 19 percent as measured by the School District of Philadelphia’s newly released School Progress Report (SPR). The SPR is a school district tool used to monitor annual progress of district schools and public charter schools. Click "Read More" to find out more.

Kindergarten Open House

Please click the READ MORE button to gain access to the link for tonight's Kindergarten Open House.
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