York County, PA Education & School Districts


If you have children, moving becomes an even more complicated process. Fortunately, Pennsylvania is home to a “world-class educational systemi.” York County boasts a wide variety of education choices – the York County public school system offers a wide array of program options and York County private schools meet top-notch state education standards in a college preparatory environment. There is no singular York County school district – instead there are several districts that divide the county. There are many York County colleges to meet the needs of teenagers looking to continue their education with a two or four-year degree. There are even options for adults looking for an advanced degree or to just take a few classes here or there.

No matter where you choose to live in York County and regardless of your child's age, you can be assured of quality care, education and excellent preparation for life beyond the classroom. Department of Education statistics show that York County exceeds education levels for both the state and the nation based upon standardized test scores. You'll find evidence of York County's commitment to education upon searching the various alternatives including childcare providers, after-school programs, the public school system and a number of nonpublic and parochial schools.

Public School, Academy, technology or art Institute, vocational program – York County schools have the best of the best in every category. Relocationlink can help you find the best for you and your family. No matter where you live in York County, you can expect quality care, education and excellent preparation for life beyond the classroom. York County is a great place to raise a family…and thanks to a first-rate school system and extra-curricular activities, York County is an even better place to be a kid.

To find out more about childcare and education in York County, be sure to request a free publication from Relocationlink and utilize our free Relocationlink Relocation Service for consumers. Our publication features 10 pages on education including a York County public school district grid, a Private York County school grid as well as even post-secondary education in York County. You will find information within the publication on: York County child care, pre-K in York County, cyber schools and home schooling.

 ii Pennsylvania Department of Education Website

Child Care
If staying home with your young children is not a viable option, York County has an abundance of child care choices to fit your family's budget, needs and desires. There are state and local resources you can use to obtain information on accreditation, facilities, home-care programs, staff-to-child ratios, and local providers. The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, has established the Child Care Works Network, which provides valuable information about child care and early childhood development.

After School Programs
Just as child care is an important issue for many families, activities for your children after school or during summer break may also be a concern. Luckily, parents in York County have a great support system provided by the YMCA of York & York County. The Kid's Club program gives children the chance to enjoy swimming, gymnastics, an after school snack and the company of same-age children.

School DistrictsAlthough each district is unique, the quality of public education is consistent. Statistics consistently show each year that the vast majority of students in York County exceed the state averages for SAT and state achievement test scores. Additionally, two-thirds of the county's seniors indicate that they plan to attend college or some form of post-secondary education.
York County also has a number of non-public options for elementary and secondary education, including a charter school in York, several private preparatory schools, parochial schools, and provisions for home schooling. Private and parochial schools have operated in the county since settlers first came to the region. Current offerings range from small, church-based facilities to larger schools with a full range of academic and extra-curricular offerings.

Post-Secondary & Other Preparatory Options
After graduating from high school, your child won't need to look far for quality and affordable continuing education. York College of Pennsylvania, one of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges," borders the southern end of York City and is home to over 3,700 full-time students. Internationally renowned Penn State University also maintains a thriving campus in the greater York area, serving over 2,100 students. Technical offerings for continuing education can be found at the Art Institute of York, York County School of Technology, York County School of the Arts and the York County School of Technology.


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