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.

Meet Our Acting CEO

Dr. Michael Lowe, Acting CEOThe York Academy Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Michael Lowe to the role of Acting CEO on July 19, 2021, upon Ms. Sugarek’s resignation.

Dr. Lowe is no stranger to York Academy. For the last six years, he has helped move the Academy's mission forward by serving as the Head of School at the Upper School and the Supervisor of Instructional Leadership.

Prior to coming to York Academy, he worked as the Assistant Superintendent at Cheltenham Township School District (Montgomery County, PA) for four years. He also served as the Supervisor of Elementary Education at the Red Lion Area School District. Dr. Lowe’s educational career as an administrator began at York City School District. Over 10 years, he held various positions as a Principal, the Director of Counseling and the Director of Gifted and Talented programs.

Dr. Lowe is a graduate of Shippensburg University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in counseling. He also graduated from Penn State University with a degree in curriculum and development. In addition, he holds a doctorate from Duquesne University in educational leadership and has earned certificates in education from Shippensburg, Duquesne and Harvard Universities.

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 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 as the Acting CEO to be working with the Board of Trustees to move forward the York Academy in meeting the mission and vision of our school system.”

2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan

Health & Safety PlanThe York Academy Board of Trustees recently approved the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan. Click here to review the full plan in English or here to read it in Spanish. You may also view an overview of the plan on our COVID-19 Response page.

Please know that the health and safety of all teachers, staff, students and community is a top priority for York Academy. We're monitoring the continued guidance from the CDC regarding masking within a school setting. Updates to York Academy's Health and Safety Plan will be made as necessary according to CDC guidance and the levels of transmission in York County.

Teacher Assignments & Schedules
We're excited about the upcoming school year! In the meantime, please register for a Sapphire account. This year, we will be sharing teacher assignments and/or schedules through Sapphire. The platform also allows parents to view their child's grades, behavior and attendance. 

Example Graphic (Sapphire)

If you have not created a Sapphire account yet, click here and follow the directions below:

- Click on "Create a Web Portal Account" under the login (see the yellow highlighted area in the screenshot).

- When prompted to enter the KEYWORD, type in the word charter. We will email your PIN to you within a few days and you will be able access your Sapphire account after you receive it. Questions? Please contact Tina Ziegler at

Back to School Updates

The first day of school for students in grades 1 - 12 is Monday, August 16. Kindergartners will have the opportunity to meet their teacher on August 16, but their first full day of school is Tuesday, August 17. Details will be shared with kindergarten families soon. 

Please note that students in both buildings (K-12) will now attend school from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. If your child would like breakfast, they should arrive by 7:45 a.m.

Click below for important back to school letters. It includes important details such as the supply lists, drop off and pickup details and more!

- Lower School Letter (K-6) 

- Upper School Letter (7-12)

York Academy Dress Code

Dress Code
Please make sure to review our Dress Code and and talk with your children about what attire is appropriate for school.

View it in English or click here to read it in Spanish.  

7th Grade Welcome Day

7th Grade Welcome DayThe York Academy Upper School is hosting a Welcome Day for new 7th graders on Thursday, August 5 from 9 a.m - 12 p.m. Students are encouraged to RSVP and ask questions through this Google Form. All questions will be answered at the event.. 
We can't wait to meet the students and share all the exciting things that being at the Upper School brings!

PTO Race Back to School 5K

Race RegistrationRegistration is now open for our annual York Academy PTO Race Back to School 5K on Saturday, September 11!

Proceeds from 5K will help support your children’s school experience by providing funds for field trips, facility upgrades, teacher appreciation and much more!

The PTO is seeking volunteers for the planning committee - specifically for help on the course and with after-race refreshments. For more information, please email Reid Walsh at

Sponsors are also needed! Find out how your business can support our school and gain exposure in this community-wide event!