Our graduation requirements help develop creative, independent thinkers. Students have guidance throughout their time at York to help them choose courses that broaden and deepen their knowledge and interests. Graduates of York are eligible for admission at the most selective colleges and universities, and our program meets or exceeds the requirements of the University of California system. All students receive customized schedules based on their interests and goals.

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  • Academic Requirements (Grades 9-12)

    • Arts: one credit in the same discipline (visual arts or performing arts)
    • English: four years
    • History: three years (World History I, World History II, and US History)
    • Mathematics: three years (through grade 11, including Algebra II)
    • Science: three years (Biology; Chemistry or Physics; and one other science)
    • World Language: three years and completion of level 3 of either Chinese, French, or Spanish
    A minimum of five courses are required each year.
  • Athletics and Health & Fitness

    Improving students’ physical well being and promoting lifelong fitness is an important part our program. Each year, students have three ways to fulfill this year-long requirement:
    1. Play an interscholastic team sport
    2. Participate in a Health & Fitness Activity
    3. Participate in an Independent Activity with approval

  • Ensemble Participation

    Because students learn a great deal about themselves through participation in extracurricular activities and benefit greatly from the experience of committing themselves to a group endeavor, we encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to engage in learning outside the classroom through involvement in the performing arts and athletic programs. We believe so strongly in the benefits of such involvement that students are required to do one of the following prior to graduation:
    • participate in an music ensemble for one year (choir, strings, concert band, or jazz band)
    • take a role in a York play or musical
    • play a season of a sport

  • Service Learning

    York students have the opportunity to bring fun, collaboration, hard work, intelligence, as well as York’s core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion, to their varied volunteer roles; helping the community grow closer and stronger. The goal of the service learning program is to have students adopt service as part of their identity: making positive contributions to others, to communities, and to the world part of who they are as productive citizens. As a graduation requirement, York expects each student to complete 10 hours of service learning each school year (excluding the eighth grade). Service is intentionally not cumulative, meaning one cannot simply meet the graduation requirement by volunteering 40 hours in one academic year. Sustained engagement with the community over time is important in affecting change, both within individuals and larger systems.  While 10 hours is required, over 80% of the students do significantly more volunteering.
    York defines “service learning” as any voluntary service in which students are asked to do more than provide manpower for a non-profit organization or social cause. Typically, service learning extends curricular goals by doing service in the community, mutually benefiting the organization or audience and the student. Students should be expanding their comfort zones by engaging in personally significant and challenging service, whether developing leadership capacity, intrapersonal communication skills, or organization abilities and other relevant expertise.


    • Learning about innovative approaches to community development while helping people in need in Guanajuato, Mexico on a CIEE Global Navigator Service & Leadership summer experience
    • Leading elementary students in their week-long outdoor science experiences with Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School
    • Building a library at a school in rural India, by partnering with a local library to collect books and donations
    • After volunteering with horses one year and with foster students in another, developing and fundraising for a week-long equine experience for foster children at Star Riders
    • Utilizing Spanish language skills acquired at York to engage with and read books to elementary students in an afterschool program with City of Seaside Parks and Recreation
    • Deepening one’s ocean conservation knowledge, and then adopting and communicating conservation messages to guests and others through the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Teen Conservation Leaders program
    • Building a tiny home, and then donating that home to an organization that is addressing homelessness in Monterey County


    Each student will, for each year in Grades 9-12:
    • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of service learning;
    • Verify all hours from a service supervisor;
    • Reflect upon why this service learning was important to the community/audience and to themselves.

York School

9501 York Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-7338
Fax: 831-372-8055
We inspire and prepare a diverse community of creative, independent thinkers.
Since 1959, York School has created an exceptional college-prep experience for our youth: inspiring them to develop intellectual curiosity; challenging them to create and try new things; and preparing them to be passionate contributors in college and in life.