School District Of The City Of York

Safety measures, educational plans announced for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Posted on August 16th, 2017

The School District of the City of York has made some plans to ensure the safety of all students while providing a unique educational experience during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

Our first priority is to keep students safe. We do not want students to injure their eyes by looking directly at the sun, so all students will remain inside their buildings during the afternoon eclipse from 1 p.m. until dismissal.

The administration has asked teachers in every building to live stream footage of the eclipse so that students can experience this phenomenon safely. Special activities related to the eclipse are also encouraged but will depend on the individual classroom.

All buildings will dismiss at normal times. Dismissal time is 3 p.m. for William Penn Senior High School and 3:45 p.m. for K-8 buildings. High school athletic practices will be delayed until 4:30 p.m.

Join us Monday, Aug. 21 to welcome the Class of 2021!

Posted on August 14th, 2017

A Bearcat tradition continues Monday, Aug. 21!thumbnail of WelcomeClassof2021

The community is invited to join us at 7:45 a.m. as we welcome the Class of 2021 to their first day of high school.

The Freshman Academy, a program designed to maximize students’ academic and personal growth at a crucial point in the educational journey, launched in 2015. That year, we started a tradition of including the community in the students’ first-day activities. The enthusiastic support from the community helps us communicate to the freshmen that this is a special moment in their lives.

We’ll gather on the platform outside the gymnasium (door 33 on Princess Street) to greet the Class of 2021. Students are expected to arrive by 8 a.m.

Everyone in the community is invited. We’d love a big turnout!

District to open 14th Pre-K classroom for 2017-18 school year

Posted on August 7th, 2017

Now entering its 11th year, the Pre-K program of the School District of the City of York is proud to announce the opening of a 14th classroom.

The new classroom will be located at the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy, 701 Texas Ave.

Through a partnership with Community Progress Council, the school district has provided a high-quality Pre-Kindergarten program for York City 4-year-olds since the 2007-08 academic year.

Each classroom has a teacher and an assistant teacher. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 20 students. Pre-K teachers hold bachelor’s degrees and Pennsylvania Department of Education certificates in early childhood education.  The assistant teachers hold associate’s degrees or a Child Development Associate Certificate.

Pre-K gives children a chance to learn, become excited about school and be better prepared for kindergarten. The research-based curriculum focuses on building children’s social and academic skills.

To register your child for Pre-K, contact Pre-K Secretary Vicki Landis at (717) 849-1398 or Children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2017 to be eligible. More information is available in the flier below.

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Open registration for new students kicks off Aug. 21

Posted on August 3rd, 2017

The School District of the City of York is offering a convenient registration option for families and students new to the district.

Starting Monday, Aug. 21, the district will offer three weeks of availability to register without the need for an appointment. Open registration will be offered at the district administration building, 31 N. Pershing Ave.

Be sure to bring the following documents with you:

  • Parent/Guardian’s photo ID
  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records (For more information about vaccination requirements, see this post.)
  • Proof of residence (such as a lease/rental agreement or a utility bill)

Open registration dates and times are as follows:

  • Monday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 25: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 28 through Friday, Sept. 1: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5 through Friday, Sept. 8: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Questions should be directed to the district registrar, Priscilla Tanco, at (717) 845-3571, extension 4029, or (717) 801-3960.

The district also offers online registration, available by following this link.

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Register now for the Ready Freddy school prep program

Posted on July 28th, 2017

Ready Freddy is a free program sponsored by the United Way of York County and offered during the summer to prepare students who will be entering Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2.

The program is open to all York City students and is held at McKinley K-8, 600 Manor St. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (717) 771-3822 or visit the United Way website here.

Summer 2017 classes kick off Tuesday, Aug. 1. and continue through Thursday, Aug. 17.

Click here for a flier with more information.

July 10 school board meeting canceled

Posted on July 7th, 2017

The Committee Meeting of the Board of School Directors of the School District of the City of York, Pennsylvania, previously advertised to be held Monday, July 10, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Administration Building, 31 North Pershing Avenue, York, Pennsylvania has been canceled



Mindy A. Wantz, Board Secretary

Board of School Directors

Information for parents about the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Posted on June 23rd, 2017

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012.  This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary schools within this Commonwealth that ranked in the lowest 15% of its designation as elementary for the 2013-14 school year based on the combined Mathematics/Algebra I and Reading/Literature scores from the annual assessments (PASA, PSSA, and/or Keystone) administered in the 2014.

Please click here for more information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education about the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program, including instructions to apply and parental responsibilities regarding child enrollment.

The following district schools are designated as low-achieving:

Davis K-8

Devers K-8

Ferguson K-8

Goode K-8

Hannah Penn K-8

Jackson K-8

McKinley K-8

William Penn Senior High School


School Police offering SAFE Camp this July

Posted on June 15th, 2017

York City students ages 9 to 12 are invited to SAFE Camp presented by the York City School Police Department.

The three-week program will expose students to a wide range of enrichment, educational and athletic opportunities starting Tuesday, July 11. The free program is open to 75 students, and spots are going fast!thumbnail of safe camp

To sign up, fill out the application below and turn it in to any school district building. Or, email it to

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