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Admissions Process

Applying to YC

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At YC, we understand each student’s (and family’s) journey to consider YC is unique. Our Admissions team welcomes the opportunity to build personal connections with each prospective student, providing personal support every step of the way. The following provides an overview of the most common steps in the admissions process as well as insights on important enrollment dates and answers to the most commonly asked questions for quick reference. We also invite you to learn more about how Family Customized Tuition personalizes each family’s tuition contribution to their unique needs.

Experience YC Firsthand

As part of the admissions process, all students and parents are invited to take a personal tour of YC. During the school year, students are also welcome to schedule a day at YC to meet fellow students and teachers, participate in classes and enjoy the YC campus experience. If you are interested in experiencing YC firsthand, reach out to request a tour or check out our Open House page for information on upcoming events.

We Look Forward to Assisting You!

We are here to help as you consider your future at YC and look forward to creating a personal connection as you embark on this exciting journey.

David Butler
Director of Admissions | 717-846-8871 x1354

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The YC Admissions Process

We are excited you are considering making YC a part of your education journey! Our Admissions Team is here to answer your questions, provide information and guide you through the process. Below please find information on the steps you can expect as you begin the application and enrollment process as well as links to related documents and information to help get started.

Getting Started: Reach Out to Admissions

Before you submit an online application, we invite you to reach out to YC Admissions. We value the opportunity to connect with prospective students to offer support throughout the admissions process. Call us at 717-846-8871 x1354 or send a note via the online form here.

Requesting Unofficial Documentation

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to print and upload an Unofficial Records Release Form.  This allows us to request the following information from your child’s current school to consider along with the application.

  • Most recent report card
  • Unofficial transcript (only needed for transfer students in grades 9 through 11)
  • Final report card of last grade level
  • Attendance record
  • Discipline report
  • Standardized test scores
  • Reports of any special testing, psychological evaluations, individual education plan (IEP) or 504, if applicable

You can print the form by clicking the button below, sign it and have it ready to upload during the online application process, or you can simply take care of that step while you are applying.

If you are a current student at one of our Partner Schools (Holy Trinity, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph York or St. Rose of Lima), this Unofficial Documentation will automatically be forwarded to YC and does not need to be requested.

Submitting an Application

Please complete the YC Online Application in full, including taking the noted steps to request your Family Customized Tuition. The information provided is a valuable part of getting to know each student and family’s needs and goals. Be sure to check out the upcoming application dates and deadlines as you compile your application materials. Begin the Online Application by using the link below.  Please note:  This must be completed on a PC or laptop; this cannot be completed using a mobile device.

What to Expect Following Submission

After you submit your completed the online application and copies of the requested records have been received from your child’s school, a YC Admissions team member may reach out to schedule an interview with the prospective student and their parent or guardian. The interview offers an opportunity for YC to learn more about each student and their goals. Following the interview, YC will communicate with each student individually regarding next steps in their enrollment journey.

Have Questions? Reach Out

If you have questions or need any additional information about the YC admissions process, get in touch. We’re here to help you through the process.

Partner School Students

Students currently enrolled in a YC Partner School (Holy Trinity, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph York or St. Rose of Lima) follow the same application path; however, official records requests from your current school are not required as the elementary school will provide those elements to YC directly. However, if there is an outstanding balance from a partner school or parish, the student may not be enrolled until that balance has been satisfied.

Shadow days will also be scheduled for sixth graders who are enrolled in a YC Partner School so each student has the opportunity to experience a day in the life at YC firsthand.

Important Application Dates & Deadlines

While applications are welcomed at any time for those considering mid-year transfers, the following important upcoming dates and deadlines are helpful for those considering early enrollment or who wish to begin their YC journey at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

Admissions Timeline

March 1, 2024 – Early Enrollment Deadline
March 6, 2024 – STS Financial Questionnaire Assistance by Appointment 717-846-8871 x1315
March 12, 2024 – STS Financial Questionnaire Assistance by Appointment 717-846-8871 x1315
April 1, 2024 – STS Financial Questionnaire Completion Deadline
April 12, 2024 – Enrollment Deadline*
*Materials can be submitted after this date, but will incur an increased enrollment fee
April 23, 2024 – Open House
May 10, 2024 – Last Day for Prospective Student Visitations

Frequently Asked Questions

Nearly 20% of YC students do not practice the Catholic faith and 35% come from districts across York County and Northern MD other than our partner Catholic elementary schools. At YC, a culture of acceptance and mutual respect guides our approach to encouraging open dialogues around faith. As part of the integrated curriculum, students participate in Theology classes in support of exploring ideas around integrity, respect for all people, and stewardship and service to the community and our world.

Busing is available from every York County school district with the exception of York City which is serviced by rabbittransit. Buses arrive at YC by 8:15 am each morning and pickups occur from 3-3:15 pm each afternoon. There is no activity bus service. Students living in Southern and Southeastern School Districts, as well as Maryland, can add busing as part of their tuition package. Bus service for students living in northern Maryland is provided at the state line.

While YC does not offer academic or sports-focused scholarships, we do provide Family Customized Tuition, which personalizes each family’s tuition contribution to their individual financial circumstances.

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YC offers Family Customized Tuition, which personalizes each family’s tuition contribution to their individual financial circumstances. The program recognizes a number of factors in families’ incomes and assets, offering a range that is customized to provide the right fit for each unique situation. Your individual tuition contribution is personalized based on your unique means and needs, ensuring it is the right fit for your family.

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YC offers a full range of personalized services for children with learning differences through the Academic Assistance Center (AAC). YC’s instructional support teachers help students in all areas of academics as well as supporting growth in organizational skills and providing assistance for stress and anxiety issues. If a parent thinks their child may need support through the AAC, they can request an appointment through the Studies Office. Some of the areas 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. Visit the instructional support page to learn more.

Each grade averages approximately 100 students. The student/teacher ratio at both the middle school and high school is roughly 14:1 and classes range from 15 to 24 students.

York Catholic takes bullying seriously. Our comprehensive approach to bullying prevention includes education focused on preventing occurrences and educating students on how to deal with issues should they arise. Students are also encouraged to “responsibly report” any bullying 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 school 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.

At YC, our integrated approach to college preparation affords students a wide variety of opportunities to earn college credit as they work toward their higher education goals. Through a personalized approach to college planning support, YC counselors help students take advantage of a range of college prep options including advanced placement (AP) courses, dual enrollment opportunities and college in the classroom. For additional information on how YC helps students set and achieve their higher education goals, visit our college and career preparation page.

Helping students set and achieve their college and career goals and preparing them to be successful in those next phases of their lives is at the heart of the YC academic experience. On average, over 90% of YC graduates move on to study at a higher education institution and on average, students are offered over $10 million in college scholarships each year. Student success at YC is rooted in a personal approach to college and career counseling that focuses on helping each student map out their goals and set and follow their unique path to achieve them.

YC’s Guaranteed Admissions Program includes relationships with many prestigious Catholic colleges and universities who guarantee admission to students who meet the established academic performance criteria. These colleges and universities provide outstanding programs across a variety of subject areas and deliver memorable student experiences fueled by a continued focus on faith. These relationships can alleviate the pressures of the unknowns and the unpredictability that can come from the college search process, providing peace of mind that hard work and strong academic performance are sure to be rewarded.

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.

We understand the decision to make a change can be difficult and the process is unique for every student and family. At YC, we believe firsthand experience is powerful and we welcome all prospective students to participate in a personal experience day at YC where they can connect with fellow students, participate in classes and check out the many amenities available on campus. We encourage students and families to ask questions often and are here to offer answers and guide you through the process. We can also connect you with other families who have made the transition and can share their story. Change can be difficult at any age, but can feel particularly overwhelming at the middle and high school levels. We recommend making your student an active part of the decision-making process and reassuring and helping them understand all of the many opportunities that await at York Catholic.

There are so many ways to get involved at YC. From athletics, arts, music, faith and writing, photography, chess, science, student leadership and so much more, there are countless opportunities for students to explore their passions and try new things at York Catholic. Students can choose from over 45 sports teams, 60+ clubs and activities, a range of opportunities in the arts, and be active in supporting their community through service. Many students participate in multiple activities and all experience levels are welcome.

Congratulations! Information for Accepted Students.

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Congratulations on your acceptance and welcome to the YC family! We can’t wait to have you join us!

For students who have been offered acceptance, the following next steps can be used to finalize your enrollment:

  • Consult your acceptance letter for any enrollment forms that were included and prepare to upload them during the online enrollment process.
  • Have the following items ready as they are required during the online enrollment process:
    • Student’s Physician Name and Phone Number
    • Student’s Medications
    • Credit card (fee) or checking account number (no fee)
      $300 enrollment fee by April 12, 2024.  Enjoy a $50 discount if you enroll by March 1, 2024.  Price increases to $350 after April 12, 2024.
  • Complete the online enrollment process at Simple Tuition Solutions (STS) as detailed in your acceptance letter.


Interested in Learning More?

Reach out to our admissions team to learn more about how YC helps students prepare to thrive in college and beyond.
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