International BaccalaureateWelcome to the York Academy Regional Charter School, an International Baccalaureate World School. With an unrelenting focus on academic excellence, the York Academy's mission is to challenge students in a diverse learning environment that opens doors for growth, opportunity and global citizenship.

COVID-19 Update

Bring Your Own Mask

The health and safety of our students, families, staff and community is a top priority for York Academy. With the increase in infections of the Omicron variant and the rising cases in York County, masks will remain in place at the York Academy for all students, staff, parents and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. It's very important that you send your child to school wearing their own mask every day.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance on quarantine/isolation protocols on December 27, 2021. Since our Health and Safety Plan aligns with CDC directives, we will follow the recommended time for quarantine and isolation.   

Make sure to visit our COVID-19 Hub to stay in the know and view our daily dashboard. Did you know we have a Daily Screening Toolto help you check your children for symptoms? Click here to view it, print it and put it on your refrigerator!

If your children have any symptoms, keep them home and contact school our nurse(s). The nurse will also need to know if you or someone who lives with you and your children tested positive for COVID-19, are getting tested, or are waiting for test results. If your child attends the Lower School (K-6), contact Ms. Halloran at (717) 801-3900 or If your child attends the Upper School (7-12), contact Mrs. Urey at (717) 900-5001 or

As with all vaccinations, if your child received the COVID-19 vaccine, please take a picture of their card with your phone and email it to
Ms. Halloran (K-6) or Mrs. Urey (7-12) for our records. 

Thank you for "unknighting" in the fight against COVID at York Academy. Together we can keep our YARCS family safe!

Admissions Information for the 2022-2023 School Year

Save the DateThe York Academy will be accepting applications for students (K-9th grade) to be included in the 2022-23 lottery from February 1 - March 30!  The link will be posted here on February 1. Please note that children must be five years old by August 31 in order to start kindergarten. 

York Academy is proud to be a tuition-free, public school of choice for families seeking a challenging, well-rounded education in an uplifting environment. Your children will learn from qualified teachers and staff who will empower them to be active, compassionate lifelong learners through the holistic International Baccalaureate curriculum.   

Mark your calendar to attend an Admissions Information Session! You'll learn about the York Academy, our International Baccalaureate curriculum, student and parent expectations, and the admissions process.  You can also find
more details here. All sessions will be held at the Lower School (gym), located at 32 W. North Street. You do not need to RSVP and children are welcome. The presentations will begin promptly at the times listed below. Masks are required. 

• Tuesday, February 15 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, February 26 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 9 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The lottery for the 2022-23 school year will be held on Monday, April 4.

ImportantAre you a York Academy parent? Even if your children attend YARCS now and you'd like their sibling(s) to start school in August (ex. kindergarten), you must complete the online application for them. Make sure to apply from February 1 - March 30 so they are included in the lottery!

Is your child on the 2021-22 waiting list? Make sure to reapply for the 2022-23 school year. According to PA Charter School Law, applications are not permitted to roll over from year to year.

Learn more or contact us at We look forward to meeting your family soon!

Meet Our CEO

Dr. Michael Lowe, CEOThe York Academy Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Lowe as CEO of the York Academy Regional Charter School at their meeting on January 10, 2022. He has held the role of Acting CEO since July 2021.
Over the past six months Dr. Lowe has successfully carried out all of the tasks given to him by the Board of Trustees. They have been very pleased with his performance and function while Acting CEO, and were unanimous in their recommendation to offer him the full position. The Board believes that Dr. Lowe can bring to York Academy the longevity, stability, and strength of leadership that they desire.

Dr. Lowe came to York Academy with strong leadership credentials in administration and school leadership, both in and out of the York area. Over the last seven years, he has served in a variety of roles at York Academy (most recently as Acting CEO).  

Outside of school, Dr. Lowe is active in the York community. He has served on several boards and held leadership positions with Boy Scouts, York Extension Services, the Council of Churches and the York County Community Foundation. Dr. Lowe also enjoys volunteering at WellSpan York Hospital and at his church.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, parents, faculty and staff at the York Academy,” Dr. Lowe said. "I am humbled to be working with the Board of Trustees to move forward the York Academy in meeting the mission and vision of our school system as the CEO.”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lowe as CEO!

Upper School Yearbooks on Sale

Buy a Yearbook It's coming, York Academy! Our first ever student-created yearbook for grades 7-12 is in the works! We are so excited to share meaningful memories and experiences with you. The yearbook costs $45 and will be a hard-bound, 150-page book. There are options to personalize it for additional fees. You can learn more and purchase it at

If you know any businesses big or small that would benefit from added exposure, please let them know that we're selling ads for the yearbook. For business owners, this is a great opportunity not only to help the community by donating to the school and supporting our yearbook, but by promoting their services and potentially bringing in more business, too. Yearbook Advertising Manager, Joy Agummadu, created this video tutorial to help businesses through the process. 

Parents and families may also purchase personal ads to celebrate their student! Ads are available for any Upper School student and can be created directly online at Joy's video tutorial can also be helpful when creating personal ads. 

You can also share photos you've taken of school events and activities through the Yearbook Snap App! Our code is YARCS. The pictures will be uploaded directly to Yearbook 360, our design software, and will be available for consideration by our yearbook staff.

For more information, email Joy Agummadu, Yearbook Advertising Manager, or Mrs. Rebecca Chester, Yearbook Advisor.


Kirk-Jadric Qualifies as National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

Ane Kirk-Jadric

There's been an impressive "first" at York Academy and we couldn't be more proud. Senior Ane Kirk-Jadric is one of 16,000 students across the county to qualify as a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program!

Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter this academic competition each year by scoring high on the PSAT/NMSQT. Qualifying as a Semifinalist means that Ane's scores were among the highest entrants in PA. Only three other students from York County also received this honor. Semifinalists are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. In February, Ane will find out if she has advanced to Finalist standing. She is excited about her success and says" I've been working hard to create opportunities for myself, and I'm glad it's paying off."

CBS21 Feature Story

York Academy was recently featured on CBS 21 News. The story highlights what makes us a unique option for students who enjoy the visual and performing arts and are focused on attending college. Click below to watch the video. 

CBS 21 Story