What Is A Charter School?

The York Academy Regional Charter School is a public school that operates independently from any public school. In 2011, a group of individuals who were committed to providing a unique educational experience for children developed and submitted a proposal to three area school districts: Central York, York Suburban and the School District of the City of York. York Academy offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum, a rigorous approach with an emphasis on students' personal development. We are the only school in York County that offers an IB education.

What makes our school different from other public schools?
Funding for the school comes directly from the school district in which the student resides. The York Academy was founded as a nonprofit organization. Therefore, all revenues that come into the school are dedicated to the operation of our school. York Academy offers opportunities most public schools cannot provide. 

Beginning in kindergarten, our students receive instruction in the Spanish language. This instruction continues until sixth grade when Spanish becomes a major subject taught each day. As they continue through school, students will become fluent in Spanish. Class sizes at York Academy are smaller, and each of our classrooms have a certified teacher and an instructional assistant. We attempt to secure certified individuals to fill instructional positions. 

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.

Can any student attend a charter school?
The York Academy has an admission policy that dictates how students enter the charter school. To secure an application, a family member must attend an Informational Meeting. These meetings are scheduled in January and February.

The purpose of requiring attendance is to assure that parents fully understand that because we offer the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, the expectations of our students are different from traditional public schools. Children admitted to the charter school 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.

Do charter schools offer gifted or special education services?
The York Academy does 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.

The York Academy also offers a program for students identified as gifted or talented.

How do I enroll my child?

Parents electing to enroll their child in York Academy must have the following documents to complete the registration process:

•  Personal identification of the parent/guardian
•  Proof of child's identity (birth certificate)
•  Immunization record and current medical records
•  Proof of residence
•  Copy of transcripts for any previously attended school

Enrollment Process
A lottery will be held after the open enrollment period. Families will be notified by mail or phone of their child's acceptance into the York Academy.

When the number of applications received for a grade level exceeds the seats available, a lottery is held to establish an order in which students will be offered admission. This process also creates any waiting lists that might develop if there are significant applications for admission.

Should there be no vacancies, parents are urged to submit their application. Typically, there are students that leave the school as a result of families who are required to relocate. With an application submitted, your child may be offered admission during the school year.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (717) 801-3900 or info@yorkarcs.org.