York Academy is a diverse school with caring, qualified faculty members who will help your children thrive and prepare them for college. We offer the world-class International Baccalaureate framework and innovative design/engineering, art and music programming. York Academy is a tuition-free alternative for families seeking a well-rounded, academically challenging education in a safe, supportive environment. 

In 2011, the Academy was established as a nonprofit public school, chartered by Central York, York City and York Suburban School Districts. Students from all school districts are welcome to apply. Currently, students who reside in 26 zip codes and 14 school districts attend York Academy. 

In accordance with our school charter, each grade is filled with a specific number of students and selected by lottery. Families are highly encouraged to apply online each February/March so their children may be included in the annual lottery. Applicants who are not selected in the lottery are placed on a waiting list.
If all seats are not filled by students from the three chartering districts, open seats are made available to applicants from other districts throughout Pennsylvania. 

The York Academy will be accepting applications for students (K-9th grade) to be included in the 2022-2023 lottery from February 1 - March 30! We will post the link to apply online on February 1. Please note that children must be five years old by August 31 in order to start kindergarten at York Academy. 

In the meantime, please mark your calendar to attend an Admissions Information Session! You'll learn about the York Academy, our International Baccalaureate curriculum, student and parent expectations, and the admissions process.  All sessions will be held at the Lower School (gym), located at 32 W. North Street. You do not need to RSVP and children are welcome. The presentations will begin promptly at the times listed below and tours will be held afterwards. Masks are required.

• Tuesday, February 15 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, February 26 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 9 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The lottery for the 2022-23 school year will be held on Monday, April 4.

ImportantAre you a York Academy parent? Even if your children attend YARCS now and you'd like their sibling(s) to start school in August (ex. kindergarten), you must complete the online application for them. Make sure to apply from February 1 - March 30 so they are included in the lottery.

Is your child on the 2021-22 waiting list? You will need to reapply for the 2022-23 school year. According to PA Charter School Law, applications are not permitted to roll over from year to year.

If you have any questions, please contact us at We look forward to meeting your family soon!

Applications received after April 4, 2021 will be added to the post-lottery waiting list.  If you would like to submit an application for the 2021-22 school year, please click below.

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During the application process, you will need to upload photos of two proofs of residency reflecting your child's home address.

Examples of the first proof of residency are:
A copy of your rental lease agreement or home purchase agreement, 2020 tax bill, 2020 school property taxes, W2, 1040 or a notarized letter stating the parent's address and that the child resides there.

Examples of the second proof of residency are:
A copy of your driver's license  pay stub, utility bill (ex. water, sewer, electricity), insurance card (ex. auto) or bank statement.

Questions?  Email us or call  (717) 801-3900. Thank you!