Laile Wilson, mother of four, is fired up.

In a few weeks, the York City woman's second son will graduate from New Hope Academy Charter School.

But, after a court's ruling this week that denied New Hope's appeal of a state order to close after this academic year, the futures of Wilson's eighth-grade daughter and 10-grade son are unclear — with one exception. They won't be attending William Penn Senior High School next year.

"I'm not going to put my children back in the war zone that I just took them out of," Wilson said.

Barring a successful appeal to the state Supreme Court, New Hope will close after June 10. New Hope officials have not yet decided whether to pursue an appeal.

In the meantime, parents of hundreds of students need to explore alternatives for their children starting this fall.

Each of Wilson's four children attended York City schools years ago. Their experiences in the district were awful, she said.

Wilson said she wants to move out of the city. Her daughter is interested in the York County School of Technology, she said.

She's not the only one.

Popular option: Many students in New Hope's eighth-grade class submitted applications to the technology school for next year, said Jean Parks, a spokeswoman for the technology school.

Among the 300 applicants from York City, 57 are currently students at New Hope — 46 eighth-graders and 11 ninth-graders.


"The timing of it occurred that, I think, many students were concerned about where they were going to go," Parks said. "They wanted Tech to be an option."

The technology school received more than 900 applications from students across York County for the 2014-15 school year, Parks said.

The school — which increased its enrollment this year from 1,600 to 1,700 students — sent 475 letters of acceptance after several months of interviewing and ranking students based on a set of criteria.

Only eighth- and ninth-grade students are invited to apply, as it requires at least three years to complete a program, Parks said.

Of those 475 accepted students, 75 live within the York City School District. Eight of the accepted students currently attend New Hope, Parks said.

A second round of letters will go out soon for spots other students declined to accept, she said.

At New Hope: As of this week, 704 students are enrolled at New Hope in grades 5-12, according to Kara Luzik, a spokeswoman for the charter school.

But not all of them live in York City.

New Hope has students from nine other York County school districts — Central, York Suburban, Dallastown, Dover, Eastern, Northeastern, Spring Grove, West Shore and West York.

Those students could choose to attend school in their home districts next year. New Hope did not immediately respond to a request for a breakdown of how many students from each district attend New Hope.

For York City families who don't want to send their children to their home district, there are other options.

The most comparable alternative is Helen Thackston Charter School at 625 E. Philadelphia St., which served grades 5-11 this year and will add 12th grade in September. In February, district officials renewed Helen Thackston's charter for another five years.

Students are accepted at Helen Thackston on a first-come, first-served basis, said Anne Clark, the school's spokeswoman.

Enrollment information is available on the school's website,

The parents of a few New Hope students might find a spot for their child at the Crispus Attucks YouthBuild Charter School.

YouthBuild serves students in grades 10-12. The program, designed for at-risk youth, offers a unique curriculum that includes "mental toughness" training and regular work at local construction sites.

For some students, the smaller class sizes are a better fit than traditional schools, said Jacquie Martino-Miller, YouthBuild's CEO.

Parents should visit the 605 S. Duke St. school for an application. YouthBuild has slots for 110 students next year, and some are still available, Martino-Miller said.

Other choices: If New Hope closes, options are especially dwindling for parents who would have wanted to send their fifth-graders there next year.

York Academy Regional Charter School, which will add fifth grade in September, has filled all of its available spots in grades K-5.

"We've already done the public lottery," said Dennis Baughman, president of the academy's board of trustees,

Parents can choose among many cyber schools for their students. Hundreds of York County students are enrolled in cyber schools each year.

Among the most popular for York students are Achievement House Charter, Agora Cyber, Commonwealth Connections, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School and Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School.

Private schools, of course, are an option. But private schools can be expensive.

For some New Hope parents, an affordable private school might be Logos Academy.

Logos solicits donations to help parents pay tuition. Scholarships are distributed based on need to families that provide financial information.

The York City school at 250 W. King St., which offers a Christian faith-based education, caters to urban families, said Jesse Hake, academic dean at Logos.

"We're located in the city very intentionally," Hake said. "The whole idea of scholarshipping based on tuition is to make ourselves affordable and accessible to all families."

But everyone is expected to pay at least partial tuition, Hake said.

For grades 6-12, annual tuition ranges from $1,200 to $9,200. For grades K-5, the range is $1,000 to $9,000.

Friday is the deadline for parents of students already enrolled at Logos to re-enroll for next year, Hake said.

"After that, we take students on a first-come, first served basis," he said.

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