The mission of the York Preparatory Academy (YPA) is for the faculty, staff,students, parents, and community to provide an engaged learning environment that leads to the success of each individual student, while also challenging these students to become life-long learners, independent thinkers, respectful individuals, and responsible citizens thus preparing them for a 21st century global economy. 

With this mission, in accordance with the South Carolina Charter Schools Act, York Prep will: 

  • Improve student learning

  • Increase learning opportunities

  • Utilize productive teaching methods

  • Establish new forms of accountability for schools 

  • Create new professional opportunities for teachers


To succeed in this mission, the individual need of each learner is the core of YPA’s mission striving toward South Carolina’s goal of achieving excellence though individual successes with every child served.

About York Prep

York Preparatory Academy is a free public charter school founded in 2010. Located on our 43-acre campus in Rock Hill, South Carolina, York Prep provides education to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade who live in South Carolina regardless of the assigned school district.   Partnering with parents, York Prep believes that parent involvement is instrumental to the success of our school community.


York Preparatory Academy is committed to high academic rigor and a college preparatory focus while incorporating hands on innovative learning in the classroom. To educate the whole child, York Prep is committed to behavior expectations and accountability and focuses on our 6 pillars of character which includes: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship, and caring. York Prep offers opportunities for your child's growth through our duel credit college partnerships and advanced placement classes allowing your child to reach their full potential. An award winning music and athletic program gives each child the opportunity to broaden their perspective and grow into leaders.  


York Preparatory Academy is authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District and must meet state education standards.  According to SC Law: "A charter school is defined as a public, nonreligious, non home based, nonprofit corporation forming a school that operates within a public school district or the SC Public Charter School District, but is accountable to the school board of trustees of that district which grants its charter."


York Preparatory Academy is committed to the recruitment and retention of certified faculty to carry out the mission and purposes established by our charter. Through the accomplishments and hard work of our staff, York Prep was recognized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District in 2016 for top student growth and achievement according to the SC Ready Test.


For more information on enrollment, please contact the Enrollment Department or visit the enrollment tab on our homepage.