Common Questions

Can any student attend the York Academy Regional Charter School?
Yes, any student may apply, however the York Academy has an admissions policy that dictates how students enter the charter school. Children are admitted as the applications are submitted. Should the charter school receive more applications than seats available in the school, a lottery is held and students are offered admission based upon the order of selection in the lottery. There is no tuition cost to attend the York Academy.

If you are interested in submitting an application for your child to attend the Academy for the 2019-2020 school year, a family member must attend an Open House Information Session. Attendance is required to ensure that parents fully understand that because we offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum, the expectations of our students and families are different from traditional public schools.

Open House Information Sessions are scheduled on:

•  Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
•  Saturday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
•  Thursday, January 31 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  

All sessions will be held at the Lower School in the Media Center (3rd floor). Registration is not required and children may come. You will receive the 2019-2020 application (K-10th grade) and be able to tour the school. If your child is currently on the waiting list, we encourage you to attend a session, since you will need to submit a new application for the upcoming school year.

What makes York Academy different from other public schools?
Funding for the school comes directly from the school district in which the student resides. Since the York Academy was founded as a nonprofit organization, all revenues that come into the school are dedicated to the operation of our school.

York Academy offers opportunities most public schools cannot provide. We are also the only
school in York County - and one of just four in the state - accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary and Middle Year Programmes. The 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 college credits and meet IB requirements. 

Does York Academy offer gifted or special education services?
The York Academy offers a program for students identified as gifted or talented. We do provide special education programs for students, however our programs are limited to students with mild handicaps. Those students with more severe handicaps would be referred to the Lincoln Intermediate Unit.

How are charter schools funded?
Charter schools are funded through tuition payments made to the charter school for students who reside in a school district. The tuition rate for our charter school is based upon the instructional expense that is calculated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Therefore, when a student begins attending school in Pennsylvania, the cost of their education (tuition rate) follows them no matter if they attend school within their local district or at the York Academy.

Click here to watch a short video that explains how charter schools are funded. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at (717) 801-3900 or