Mission: With an unrelenting focus on academic excellence, the York Academy Regional Charter School challenges students in a diverse learning environment opening doors for growth, opportunity and global citizenship.



The York Academy is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We are proud to be the only school in York County - and one of just four in Pennsylvania - authorized to offer the IB Primary Years (K-5) and Middle Years Programmes (6-10). Currently, the York Academy Upper School is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme (11 & 12).  

The IB programmes focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left the Academy. The IB curriculum is shared in 5,000 schools globally in over 150 countries around the world.


Located at the Upper School, The D.E.W. Good Academy Café is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. It is named after the late Dennis E. Willman, an owner of York Container Company who was passionate about education. The idea came about after students were challenged to create a business plan and has evolved into the first local school-based public coffee shop. Ultimately, students will run the Café, with the guidance of manager Heather Smith. A full menu of locally sourced freshly ground coffee, espresso drinks, non-coffee Ribbon Cuttingdrinks and pastries are available. Customers may park in the Upper School lot and enter the Café around the back of the left side of the building, along the Codorus Creek walkway. Please stop by soon for a delicious drink or sweet treat! 



The York Academy is in its eighth year of operation and I am pleased to have the privilege of leading this school as it continues to evolve into a K-12 International Baccalaureate World School

The Academy provides children with many unique advantages that will inspire them to learn and grow through an International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. Our mission focuses on academic excellence and uses academic goals to direct our programming. It is expected that each child will demonstrate academic growth throughout the course of each school year. The International Baccalaureate framework provides the opportunity for an inquiry approach to education with an emphasis on collaborative learning opportunities.

As a parent or guardian, your involvement in your child's education is critically important and we ask that you participate in the learning experience with your child. Be aware of the content being taught in class, review assessment information, and watch for communications from the teaching staff and administration that is sent home or emailed to you. 

I am pleased that you have selected to exercise your right for school choice and our staff is eager to provide your child with a quality academic program that infuses an inquiry-based philosophy with an International flavor into our school.

Dennis P. Baughman, Ed.D
Chief Executive Officer

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.