Admissions Timeline for 2024-2025 school year

12/16 Applications accepted for St. Joseph parish families

1/1   Applications accepted for all families

3/1   Financial aid applications due

Admissions Policy
St. Joseph School is a co-educational, diocesan Catholic school serving students entering preschool through grade 6.

St. Joseph School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color and/or national or ethnic origin in the administration of it educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, financial grants, and other school administered programs.  St. Joseph School reserves the right to deny anyone whose behavior is contrary to the teachings and ideals of the school and whose behavior or attitude is disruptive to the functioning of the student body.

In order to meet the individual needs of each student, St. Joseph School must access a student’s level of academic development. It is our expectation that parents/guardians share if the student has any learning challenges or health concerns so that we can ensure the success of every St. Joseph School student.

To enable St. Joseph School to perform adequate record check, parents must provide a signed Release of Records form. Upon receiving an application for registration, St. Joseph School will send for the records pf the student from the prior school, id applicable. The principal will also call for additional background information, as necessary.

Admission Priorities
Candidates for admission to St. Joseph School York (SJY) will be granted admission on a space-available basis according to the following priorities:

In the event there are more qualified candidates then available admissions openings, the admission priority will be given to students who have completed registrations in the following order:

1st –  Currently enrolled students

2nd – Siblings or currently enrolled students

3rd – Children of St. Joseph York parish

4th – Students of new families

When class size has reached capacity, a waitlist will be created and a determination will be made by the school whether to open an additional classroom. The school will then admit students in the order they were placed on the waitlist.

Age Eligibility
To be eligible for admission, the child must be the following age by September 1st of the year of enrollment: Pre-K Four-year old program – 4 years old; Kindergarten – 5 years old; First Grade – 6 years old.  Ages will be verified by birth certificate and medical records.
Admission to St. Joseph School
All required paperwork and fees must be received by the school before a student will be admitted or permitted to attend classes.

All new students and incoming Kindergarten students must complete an academic evaluation. Parents will be contacted to schedule once your registration is complete.

Application Process

Step 1: Application

Complete and submit the online application.

Step 2: Required Documents

Complete and bring copies of all documents listed below to the office:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Baptismal Certificate
  • Copy of Immunization Records (or a DOH Medical Exemption)
  • Tuition Agreement Form
  • Request for Release of Records Form (Not applicable for preschool students.)
  • IEP/Conduct Form
  • Health History Form
  • Hearing Questionnaire Form
  • Vision Questionnaire Form

Also, please fill out any forms that apply to your family in the Optional Forms tab under “Current Families”.

Forms are available on the school website at

Step 3: Registration drop off and Registration Fee

Please bring copies of all required documents and a $175 check or money order made payable to St. Joseph School to the school secretary between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM. If you need to schedule a time outside of those hours, please contact the school secretary at (717) 755-1797 to schedule a registration drop-off.

Step 4: Set up your tuition account with Simple Tuition Solutions.

Click here for instructions.

Step 5: Complete paperwork for financial aid by March 1st.

Additional information is located in the Optional Forms tab under “Current Families”.

Once all registration steps are completed, your application will be reviewed. St. Joseph School follows a rolling admissions process for all new students. Students are considered for acceptance on a first-come, first-served basis as space permits. Acceptance letters will go out in March/April. Should the grade level you are applying for be full, you will be notified, and your child will be added to the waitlist. Accepted students will be scheduled for a student assessment before school starts. Kindergarten assessments are completed in the last week of May.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school secretary for assistance at (717) 755-1797. We look forward to welcoming you to our community!