York Academy is the only school of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Chartered by three school districts, we are a nonprofit public charter school fully authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary and Middle School. Our students come from chartering districts (Central York, York City and York Suburban) with dramatically different racial and socio-economic profiles. Students from eight other districts in York County add to the diversity of our student population.
York Academy opened in August 2011 with students in grades K-2. We have added one grade each successive school year, and will reach full implementation as a K-12 academic institution when we will enroll 1,375 students from across York County.
York Academy emphasizes inquiry-based learning and critical thinking to prepare students for higher education and the 21st century globalized environment. We have created an academically rigorous program that has the potential to be a national model in education. York Academy is committed to developing young people into future leaders and active, knowledgeable and caring members of a world-wide, diverse society.