Located in the beautifully revitalized heart of downtown York, PA, the York Academy Regional Charter School is a regional charter school founded by three local districts: The School District of the City of York, York Suburban School District and Central York School District. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, York Academy follows the academically rigorous, inquiry-based IB approach to education.

York Academy opened the Lower School on August 22, 2011 in the historic, pre-Civil War Smyser-Royer building for students in kindergarten, first, and second grades. Currently, students in grades K - 6 attend this school. In August 2018, York Academy opened a progressive Upper School, located at 2 Hamilton Avenue, which houses 8th and 9th graders. Each year, the Academy will add a grade until the school attains full implementation as a K-12 academic institution in 2022.


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


The students of the York Academy Regional Charter School will experience an extraordinary education program through:

•  An individualized academic experience, shaped by the International Baccalaureate standard that challenges and prepares them to effectively advance to the next stage of life
•  A respect and appreciation of people from different cultures, religions, ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds
•  An intrinsic desire to always strive to meet the high expectations they have set for themselves no matter what their goals
•  The confidence to pursue their dreams