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A Proud History

"History is a novel for which the people is the author."
 Alfred de Vigny

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