About York Catholic High School

We are located in the City of York and our students come from nearly every public school district in York County and many communities in northern Maryland. Busing is available for all students.  Catholicism is not an admission requirement. Academically, York Catholic maintains the quality of excellence, which continues to merit the approval and accreditation from the Middle States Association.

We see ourselves as co-workers with Jesus Christ in the ministry of education rooted in the Gospels, the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Operating in a global society, we choose the Christian world-view as our distinct orientation in carrying out what we regard as our essential task: the development of our students as whole Christian persons.  We accomplish this by teaching, by fostering a Catholic value system, and by serving the larger community.

Our quest for academic excellence leads us to teach a core curriculum which is continuously and judiciously updated.  Our desire to foster Catholic values prompts us to create an environment that develops personal integrity, respect for one another, reverence for God, and stewardship for our world.  Our commitment to serve the larger community impels us to foster social awareness and encourage action for the common good.

We recognize that this necessarily collaborative effort is one that increasingly demands the support and involvement of students, parents, staff, parishes, alumni, and the community at large.

Thus, we envision our mission as the education of our students to become active members of church and society living their faith.



Enrollment  (as of July 2020)
  • 540 students
  • Grades 7-12
  • Serving grades 7 through 12
  • Students attending from every public school district in York County and beyond
  • 18% of our current student population is non-Catholic
  • 36% of our current student population receives financial assistance
  • A vital presence in York County for over 90 years
  • Sacraments
  • Mandatory community service
  • Daily religious instruction part of curriculum
  • Annual retreats for all students
  • School day begins and ends with a prayer
  • Frequent reception of the Sacraments
  • Mandatory community service
  • Daily religious instruction part of curriculum
  • Annual retreats for all students

Click here for Fact Sheet 2020-2021

Graduation Requirement

Graduation from York Catholic High School depends upon the successful completion of all required courses as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, York Catholic High School, and the Superintendent of Education of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Completion is to be interpreted as 25 credits earned.

Service Requirements

To form habits in the area of service, the school monitors a program of Christian Service whereby each student is required to perform hours of non-remunerated service each year within a volunteer program or individually. Senior high students are required to verify sixteen (16) hours of service and junior high students are required to verify twelve (12) hours of service. While this amount of time is minimal over the course of the year, it is important in teaching students the merits of volunteer work.

Parent Involvement

  • Athletic Booster Club
  • Music Association