Mission & Values
We inspire and prepare a diverse community of creative, independent thinkers.
Inspire and Prepare
York School’s solid reputation as the leading college preparatory school on the Central Coast results from the combination of a classic liberal arts curriculum and innovative teaching methods that provide excellent academic preparation for collegiate studies.
A Diverse Community
Throughout its history, York School has embraced diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our commitment to nurturing exceptional students from all backgrounds informs our dedication to developing cultural literacy within our community through exposure to voices from multiple perspectives. It is our firm belief that growth, intellectual and personal, is best achieved through campus-wide open dialogue. The York School community affirms both our differences and commonalities, and we encourage individuality, mutual respect, and empathy.
To support the broad range of our students’ cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, perspectives, and talents, a strong need-based tuition assistance program helps approximately 40% of our families, more than twice the national average for independent schools. Our exceptionally qualified students come from 30+ middle schools in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties, and together, they build York's welcoming community.
Creative, Independent Thinkers
York students learn how to think on their own – and to think on their feet. They embrace the excitement of learning: students are encouraged to question, debate, explore their passions, and express their creativity – in the classroom, on the playing field, and on the performing stage. The end result is students who are confident, genuine, thoughtful, and well prepared for lifelong achievement in their chosen paths.
- an exceptional academic experience that attracts and develops creative and intellectually curious students, preparing them for higher education and meaningful, productive lives.
- access to the highest-quality education for students of diverse talents and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- a distinctive community that is intentionally small and inclusive and based on fundamental principles of honesty, respect, and responsibility.