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Central York School District is excited to share that we been designated as a Great Pennsylvania School.

The Great Pennsylvania Schools (GPS) designation recognizes Pennsylvania public schools that provide students with access to rigorous programming, are community-centric, demonstrate financial well-being and display resilience. 

To receive this designation, districts must meet the criteria established in various categories:

  • Districts that provide students with academically rigorous programming must confirm that 100% of their teachers are certified and that students have access to career and technical education, gifted education, advanced placement or international baccalaureate courses, and JROTC programming.
  • To demonstrate a district’s position as the centerpiece of the community, it must exemplify innovation in school programming, regularly celebrate the successes of students and staff, and provide academic and extracurricular offerings for the benefit of students.
  • The final criteria – resilience and fiscal health – measure a district’s planning efforts that ultimately lead to successful academic programming. To meet the resilience criteria, a district must implement an emergency preparedness plan and provide mental health supports to students. 
  • A district meets the financially healthy criteria by having an elected or independent auditor conduct a financial audit annually, making the final district budget available for public review prior to adoption, and following School Code requirements for bids and quotations when purchasing goods and services. 

"We are super proud of the work we are accomplishing at Central York. We are surrounded by a dynamite group of educators devoted to our kids and our community. While this accolade is appreciated, we remain mission minded on our focus of Every Panther. Every Day. In Every Way." said Central York Superintendent Dr. Peter Aiken. 

The Great PA Schools Website, an initiative of the Pennsylvania School Board Association, also highlights success stories from school districts across the state. 

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