All PreK-12 Grade Students Virtual Learning (2nd Marking Period)

2nd Marking Period Virtual - Please click the link below to access more information on the Virtual Learning plan. This plan has been approved by the School Board of Directors at the School Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Friday, Jan. 4: Girls JV basketball game at Boiling Springs canceled

Due to a flu outbreak at Boiling Springs High School, the girls' JV basketball game has been canceled. However, the varsity teams will still play. Game time is 7 p.m. at Boiling Springs. Get well soon, Boiling Springs! And good luck, Bearcats!

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We Believe in Practical Work Experience!

Posted on October 18th, 2019

Have you seen some of our William Penn Bearcats wearing these vests at our football games??

They are apart of our Public Safety Academy, where our students have the opportunity to shadow a School Police Officer for the evening as part of their curriculum!

At the School District of the City of York, we believe in coupling practical work experience along with excellent academics!


Your Voices Matter: The Search for the Next Junior Board Members!

Posted on October 18th, 2019

Our William Penn Senior High School Bearcats are getting ready for their one-on-one interviews this week to become a Junior Board Member on our School Board of Directors.

At the School District of the City of York, we empower our students to know that their voices matter!


Class of 2021 hosting Panera fundraiser Friday, April 5

Posted on April 1st, 2019

Support the Class of 2021 on Friday, April 5 by making a purchase at Panera Bread, 1221 Carlisle Road in York.

From 4 to 8 p.m., a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Class of 2021.

Show the cashier the flyer below when you place your order. For online ordering, use the PRFUND promo code.

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FAFSA Completion Night scheduled for February 27

Posted on February 11th, 2019

Class of 2019 students and parents/guardians:

Don’t miss FAFSA Completion Night on Wednesday, Feb. 27! Event will be held in the William Penn library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Bring the following:

  • Federal Student Aid ID. Go to to create your FSA ID
  • Your driver’s license number (optional)
  • Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • W-2 Forms for 2017
  • 2017 Tax Return or Transcripts (if without W-2s)

For more information, call (717) 849-1218, extension 1199. Or, email Alana Barnes atĀ or Raven Charleston atĀ

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William Penn seniors: Sign up for Instant Decision Day on January 18

Posted on January 4th, 2019

Representatives from nineĀ institutions of higher education willĀ visit William Penn Senior High School on Friday, Jan. 18 to interview students and potentially extend offers of admission.

In order to receive an “instant decision” of admission from an institution, students must complete that institution’s application before their appointment. Representatives will also consider a student’s GPA, transcript and SAT score in deciding whether to offer admission.

Students can request appointments to meet with representatives for feedback on an application not yet submitted.

The following institutions will send representatives to meet with students on Instant Decision Day:

Wilson College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Edinboro University
Alvernia University
York College of Pennsylvania
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University
Bloomsburg University
Shippensburg University

Students can choose to meet with multiple representatives on Jan. 18 and potentially receive multiple offers of admission. In most cases, studentsĀ should choose whether to accept an offer of admissionĀ by May 1.

The Instant Decision Day opportunity is open to any senior interested in pursuing higher education.

To participate, students must sign up withĀ Raven Charleston, who is a College and Career Adviser at William Penn. She can be contactedĀ at

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After school, William Penn Culinary Club gets cooking

Posted on November 5th, 2018

Dynasty Emory knows she loves to cook. The William Penn Senior High School junior also knows her culinary skills are limited.

That’s why she and about a dozen other students are staying after school once a week to learn everything they can from Michael Breeland and other volunteers.

On a recent Tuesday, Alan Thoman delivered a lesson on knife safety: Don’t try to catch a falling knife. Always walk with the blade down. Placing a knife in a sink of soapy water is a bad idea.

Thoman, the district’s assistant food service director, ended with a demonstration of culinary uses for different knives. In the background, Breeland kept an eye on a pot of not-yet-boiling water. That day, the students would be making chicken alfredo.

Breeland is a lifelong cook who said the kitchen keeps him connected to his roots. He is also a member of the district’s Board of School Directors.

“I have always cooked for family members and friends and use food as a means of showing love and appreciation,” Breeland said.

Through the Culinary Club, Breeland said he wants students to learn life skills that will help them support their own families. Culinary skills make life less stressful and broaden options, he said.

A dedicated group of students show up each week.

“The students consistently show up as they find a place where they fit in and are connected to a caring community,” Breeland said.

Tatyana Thompson, a junior, said she also loves to cook but was never really taught at home.

“Here, I can learn more things to cook and experience,” she said.

Emory said she knows she could be doing something else after school. But this is a way to try new foods, and she’s learning how she can save money by cooking more at home.

“It’s better for our future,” Emory said.

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