York School

On behalf of the entire York community, thank you for your interest in our school.
We are delighted to welcome you to our community, and our website is a great place to start exploring all that York offers.
We are a vibrant community comprised of kind, curious, and ambitious students as well as a dedicated, supportive faculty and staff.
From inspiring classes, leadership opportunities, and global adventures, to competitive sports, vibrant arts, spirit days, and clubs, York will inspire you to discover more about the world, others, and yourself. We believe that students learn best when they are members of a compassionate, inclusive, and respectful community.
We embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion while we encourage personal responsibility and concern for others.
We encourage our students to explore and collaborate in a joyful atmosphere of mutual respect. We prepare our students to be positive, productive leaders in an exciting future, meeting global challenges with confidence, creativity, and compassion. York attracts students from dozens of middle school, charter school, and homeschool programs throughout Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties and around the world.
To support our well-rounded community, a strong need-based tuition assistance program helps approximately 50% of our students, more than twice the national average for independent schools. Virtually experience our campus here https://www.york.org/admission/campus-tour or book a personalized on-campus or virtual tour here: Visit York .

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 204 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $39,920
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

York School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
204 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
York School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Classroom Dress Code
Teen Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Gretchen Thompson
Admissions Associate
Chris Wilcox



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Honor Societies, Junior State of America, Model UN, Robotics Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Theater Program, Vocal Jazz

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Wilderness Clubs

School Notes

What sets York apart

Great teachers and innovative learning programshelp creative and intellectually curious students develop academic knowledge and confidence. They get the kind of individual attention, support, and mentoring relationships that help them become their best selves.

Our distinctive community, built on a foundation of honesty, respect, and responsibility, embraces students with diverse talents and backgrounds, helping them discover new things about themselves and the world around them.

Since 1959, York has built a tradition of academic rigor combined with innovative thinking. With 225 students in grades 8-12, York is small enough to know each student well and large enough to provide a wide range of opportunities and a chance to learn from classmates who come from very different backgrounds.

  • intellectual curiosity
  • a capacity for inquiry and analysis
  • strong writing and public presentation skills
  • an appreciation of the arts and creative expression
  • a respect for diversity and different points of view
York School is fully accredited by theWestern Association of Schools and Collegesand theCalifornia Association of Independent Schools. York is a member of theNational Association of Independent Schools and theOne Schoolhouse Consortium. York School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at the School, and the School does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid program, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does York School cost?
York School's tuition is approximately $39,920 for private students.
What schools are York School often compared to?
York Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Stevenson School - Pebble Beach Campus by visitors of our site.
What sports does York School offer?
York School offers 14 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo and Weightlifting. York School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.
What is York School's ranking?
York School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Highest average SAT score, Highest average ACT score, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for York School?
The application deadline for York School is Feb. 1.

School Reviews

York School is one of the greatest prep schools in the US. I attended Santa Catalina and transferred to York and the academics were far superior in the latter. Proceeding with planned curriculum, I discovered that I had been lacking a real education in science and math which I had always received top marks in at Catalina. York aided me in catching up in a supportive environment with incredible classmates. College academics were easy for us Yorkies because we had been prepared. 10 years later and York Alumni is still impressively successful. My classmates include Harvard law graduates, doctors, Wall Street investment bankers and professors. We are still close and remember our years at York with complete fondness!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 204 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $39,920
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Monterey County, CA is $16,954 for elementary schools and $21,540 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Monterey County, CA is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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