Student Life

Life at York

We foster creativity and independent thinking, stimulate curiosity, cultivate inquiry, and champion novel solutions.
Life at York is active. With an inclusive and supportive community, students can jump in and get involved. From helping write the yearbook to dressing in flannel for lumberjack day to debating the benefits of ice cream for dinner, students can explore their interests and try something new.

Clubs, leadership activities, spirit days, and dances all make high school fun and exciting. The end result? Well-rounded, confident individuals with great friendships and lasting memories.

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  • Campus Culture

    Stick up for each other and stick together. Our campus culture is strong and supportive. Our students, faculty, staff, and families work together to create an inclusive and welcoming environment. This makes it easy for students to try new things, expand their thinking, and discover who they really are. We value each other as individuals and as members of a vibrant, diverse community.
    Our core principles of honesty, respect, and responsibility are central to our campus culture. Students can leave their backpacks outside and know they will be there when they return. Passionate debates can happen in the classroom and competitive play on the field, but students are still kind to one another. The York campus is full of welcoming people who experience a remarkable level of trust, compassion, and appreciation. York is a place where a diversity of ideas and experience is not just what we do but who we are.
    How does it feel to be surrounded by people who are excited about learning, who are interested in the world and each other, and who approach life with enthusiasm? It feels like YORK.
  • Clubs

    Getting involved is easy at York. Joining a club is one of the best ways to: 
    • meet new people
    • explore interests outside the classroom
    • be a leader
    • serve local communities
    Our club line-up is varied, and driven each year by student interest. Inspired by something? Start a new club!
    Asian Culture Club
    Chess Club
    Cooking Club
    French Club
    Hispanic Heritage Club
    Key Club
    Lit Mag
    Model United Nations
    Philosophy Club
    Project Light 
    Smash Bros
    Ukulele Club

  • Shield

    Shield is York’s student ambassador organization. Shield members assist the Admission and Advancement Offices by representing York at school and community events both on and off campus. Shield members also act as hosts for prospective students and school visitors.

    Shield membership develops character, leadership and citizenship. Membership in Shield requires an application and committee review. Shield applicants should model excellent character, exude enthusiasm about York, enjoy meeting new people, be friendly and outgoing, and embody the York values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion.

    The time commitment for Shield (events, training, working with hosts, etc.) is a minimum of 15 hours per year. This commitment includes two required events: New Families Potluck, and All About York. There are many additional opportunities throughout the year. Shield student performance will be reviewed annually. 

    To apply for 2020-2021, you must be a rising York  9, 10or 11th grader and in good academic standing. 
  • Spirit Wear

    Our online spirit wear store gives you flexibility to create the perfect spirit wear for your needs. Choose your design and show your Falcon spirit!
  • Student Government

    Getting involved in student government is a great way for students to expand their leadership skills. Student government officers keep students informed about campus news and events, fundraise for student activities, coordinate dances, spirit days, and more. Student government is broken down into two groups: Executive Student Council and Class Officers.

    Members of the Executive Student Council represent the entire student body.
    Elections are held each spring. Students in grades 10-12 can run for:
    Activities Coordinator
    Technology Officer
    Student Representative to the Board of Trustees

    Each grade level elects a group of students to represent its class.
    Elections for grades 10-12 are held each spring; elections for grades 8-9 are held each fall. Available positions:
    Activities Coordinator
    Disciplinary Committee Representative

August Di Zhan '10

York played a critical role in both my admission to Berkeley and my academic career there. The intense academic requirements and preparation enabled me to adjust to college academic life without suffering any type of major turbulence or discomfort. I will graduate in three years with two majors.

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.