About

Founded in 2011, York Academy has grown to educate over 800 diverse students in kindergarten through 9th grade via the rigorous, world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. We are located in the beautifully revitalized heart of Downtown York.

The Academy is a nonprofit public charter school that is chartered by Central York, York City and York Suburban School Districts. Students from eight other districts are also represented. There is no tuition fee to attend York Academy, which makes us a unique alternative for families seeking a small school community with challenging academics and comprehensive arts and design/engineering programming.

York Academy is the only school in York County – and one of four in the state - authorized to offer both the IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes. York Academy is currently pursuing accreditation for the intense Diploma Programme, which will allow students in 11th and 12th grade to take college-level coursework in our classrooms, obtain credits and meet IB requirements.

Students in kindergarten through seventh grade attend our Lower School in the pre-Civil War Smyser-Royer building. In August 2018, we opened a progressive Upper School on the grounds of the former Pennsupreme Building. Students in eighth and ninth grade attend this school now. Each year, we will continue to add a grade level until we become a full K-12 institution and graduate the first class of York Academy "Knights" in 2022. 

If you have not visited York Academy and are interested in a tour, please contact us at (717) 801-3900 or info@yorkarcs.