A Proud History
In 1998, a dedicated group of parents successfully petitioned the state and Bensalem Township School District, making School Lane Charter School the first charter school in Bucks County and the first suburban K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania.
Upon opening its doors on August 24, 1998, School Lane enrolled a student body of 450 in grades K-6. Seventh grade was added in 1999-2000 and eighth grade in 2000-2001.
In 2010, School Lane began renovations to the former Cornwell's Skating Center located next door at 2350 Bristol Pike. In the fall of 2013, our middle school students began classes in the new facility.
In January 2012, the Bensalem School District approved an amendment to School Lane's operating charter that allowed the school to add grades 9-12. The long-anticipated School Lane Charter High School opened August 2014 with the first ninth grade class temporarily housed at 3330 Tillman Drive in Bensalem. The School Board is in the process of securing a permanent location.
Nearly 1000 students from nine school districts now attend School Lane, enjoying an unparalleled educational experience. The waiting list is extensive at each grade level and School Lane continues to receive daily inquiries and visits by interested parents.
Throughout the school's history, parent involvement has remained the key element for student achievement. By sharing their time, skills and expertise in meaningful ways, the parents of School Lane Charter School add real value to the education and experience of every child at the school.
Important Dates for School Lane
1998 SLCS opens in August with 450 students with the distinction as Buck’s County’s first
charter school and Pennsylvania’ first suburban charter school
2001 Our first 8th grade graduation was held in June
2003 SLCS became one of the state’s first charter schools to receive a charter renewal
2008 Building-wide wireless technology installation was completed
2009 First addition to 2400 Bristol Pike – 9 classrooms and full size gym
2010 Cash purchase of adjacent skating rink for future expansion
2012 Bensalem Township School District approved SLCS charter amendment for grades 9-12
2013 Opens renovated skating rink as middle school wing – 14 classroom & cafeteria
2014 9th grade begins at temporary location on Tillman Drive in August
2014 SLCS becomes an authorized IB World School for the Middle Years Program in June
2015 Purchase 2 Tillman Drive properties for permanent middle & high school location in May
2015 Became a IB Candidate School for the Diploma Program in April
2016 SLCS opens renovated building at 3350 Tillman Drive for grades 7-10 in August
2017 SLCS opens renovated building at 3340 Tillman Drive for grades 11-12 in January
2017 Hopes to receive authorization as IB World School for Diploma Program
2017 Applies for candidacy for Career-related Program through IB
2018 Holds first graduation of high school seniors in June