Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to be Catholic to attend YC?
Almost 20% of our students are non-Catholic and 35% come from schools other than our Catholic elementary schools. York Catholic offers a school environment that develops personal integrity, respect for all people, reverence for God, and stewardship for our world. To do so, each student is required to attend and actively participate in religion classes. He or she is also required to complete community service throughout the school year.
Do you provide busing?
Busing is available from every York County school district, with the exception of York City. Buses arrive by 8:15 AM and pick-ups occur from 3-3:15 PM. There is no activity bus service. Students living in Southern and Southeastern School Districts, as well as Maryland, have busing available for an additional monthly fee. Bus service for students living in northern Maryland is provided at the state line. Look for busing registration information to be mailed to you in the summer.
Do you offer academic or sports scholarships?
We do not offer scholarships to students. We do, however, have tuition assistance available. The tuition assistance is given to families on a “need” basis. Students must be fully registered to apply for tuition assistance. The applications are available on the FACTS Portal in mid-January and are DUE FEBRUARY 15. Late applications will be accepted, but assistance may no longer be available. All monies are allocated to families prior to the start of the school year.
Can you help my child if he/she has a learning disability?
York Catholic High School has an instructional support program which serves students in grades 7 through 12. This program is called the Academic Assistance Center (AAC). The Instructional Support teachers help students in all areas of academics as well as organizational skills and stress and anxiety issues. If a parent thinks his or her child would need support through the AAC, he or she should request an appointment through the Academic Affairs Office. Some of the areas that we look at when deciding if a student qualifies for the program are placement tests, standardized test scores, psychological evaluations, IEP’s, teacher and parent recommendations, and any other extenuating circumstances.
What is your typical class size?
Each grade averages approximately 100 students. General classes typically have 24 students per class, while specialty classes may be closer to 15.
How do you handle bullying incidents?
York Catholic has a Bullying Prevention Program that is designed not only to prevent bullying through education, but also to appropriately deal with any occurrences that should arise. Students and parents are asked to inform the Dean of Students of any bullying situations. Students are also encouraged to “responsibly report” any bullying that they witness to any faculty or staff member at the school. When a report is made, the Dean of Students assesses the situation to determine if any disciplinary action is necessary. The guidance counselor meets individually with each student involved in the incident and talks about the behaviors in question. Our goal is to try to educate students about what bullying is because many times students don’t realize what they are doing is considered bullying.
How can a student earn college credit while at York Catholic?
We offer a variety of Advanced Placement courses: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Literature, and U.S. History. All students in AP courses must take the AP exam.
College in the Classroom courses are taken right here at York Catholic, with college credit awarded by Alvernia University. The following courses have the dual enrollment option: Journalism, Spanish 5, Comp Business Technology, Sociology/Psychology, Introduction to Theater, and Music Theory. Entry into these courses is determined by the student’s grades in prerequisite courses and teacher approval.
Dual Enrollment is a program that allows students to take collegiate level courses at Penn State York, York College, and Harrisburg Area Community College at a discounted rate. Seniors are allowed to leave the YC campus and with pre-approval to take a college class with credits awarded both at the college or university and at York Catholic. Students are encouraged to fulfill general education requirements this way, but are able to explore career possibilities on the introductory level as well.
Upon graduation, will my child be prepared for college or career?
We partner with our parents to cultivate a strong worth ethic in our students. Our recent graduates tell us they excel at writing and their professors often commend them. Our SAT scores are some of the highest in the County. More than 2/3 of our recent graduates earned over 11 million dollars in college scholarships! Some students received full tuition. Many received multiple scholarships from universities, businesses, and non-profit organizations. We also participate in the Guaranteed Admission Plan with many Catholic universities. Students will be guaranteed acceptance to the university based on minimum GPA and SAT levels set by the university.
Students looking to pursue a career upon graduation have the educational opportunity to participate in the FLEX program through York County School of Technology. This program is for juniors and seniors, and allows students to study at YC through the morning and attend a class of interest at York County School of Technology in the afternoon. Students are able to graduate with a York Catholic diploma and benefit from elective offerings at York Tech. Classes currently offered through the FLEX program include Introduction to Automotive Technology, Construction Technician, Introduction to Welding, and Nail Technology.
How can I help my child make the transition?
These decisions can be difficult and the follow-through is even more challenging. Your child may not want to leave his/her friends or is simply afraid of change. Have your child spend the day shadowing a YC student. After they experience YC, they will be more comfortable with your decision. Reassure them that change can be hard, but life is full of these challenges. YC is a safe way to practice. Encourage them to ask questions at the New Student Orientation and learn about the many extra-curricular activities YC offers. Getting involved in student life outside of the classroom helps in the transition process.
How can my child get involved at YC?
York Catholic offers something for everyone. For the music lovers, there are various bands, ensembles, and choirs to join. If your child is an athlete, we offer a wide variety of sports. If they are into theatre, they can try out for the musical, the senior high play, or even take a theatre class. If their passion is writing, they can join the yearbook or newspaper staff. There are also clubs for leadership, service, or various other interests that your child could join.