Welcome, Friends!

Welcome to the Elk County Catholic School System webpage! The Catholic schools in St. Marys have a rich tradition of providing a first rate Catholic education to all who desire to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Please feel free to browse our website to learn more about what makes ECCSS so special!

Catholic Identity

There are ever-present reminders to our students that God is part of all that we do. Beyond the visible sacramentals of our faith, worship and prayer are part of every school day. Students come to know the person of Jesus Christ by learning and living their faith in action through service. Faith formation is woven into the fabric of a Catholic education.


Like the mission statement states, ECCSS is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. All three schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and all teachers are certified. Eight college levels courses and three curriculum tracks are available at the high school. A Career Development Initiative that includes a partnership with area businesses has also been formed to help students discern career and educational paths.

Student Life

Students at the Elk County Catholic School System are presented with many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. The Crusader sports program is one of the strongest and most respected in the area. Many extracurricular activities are available to students to further develop different aspects of their personalities.

Creative Programs

Our school system offers many opportunities for students to develop their artistic sides. We boast excellent music, art, and drama programs, and our instructors in all three departments are well-versed in their respective areas of expertise. ECCSS also hosts a number of summer camps that are geared toward those students who are drawn to the arts.

December Alumni Mass – Tuesday, December 23

The ECCHS Alumni Association will hold its December Alumni Mass on Tuesday, December 23 at 9:15 a.m. in the ECC Chapel. All alumni members are invited to attend and celebrate with the students and faculty and staff. Breakfast will be served immediately following in...

Hour of Code Event

Mrs. Stubber’s Programming class is working with the 8th grade students this week on the Hour of Code. This international event runs from December 8-13. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that...

PTO Holiday Club tickets still for sale!

Still don’t know what to get the person that has everything for Christmas? How about an ECCSS PTO Holiday Club ticket?! $35,000 will be raffled off throughout a 50 week period! The proceeds from this raffle will help the PTO reach its $115,000 commitment to the...

ECCSS makes donation to Penn Highlands Elk for women’s health

Recently, ECCSS made a donation in the amount of $2,398 to the women’s health initiatives at Penn Highlands Elk. The money was collected from the school system’s Pink Day festivities in October. Pictured are Lisa Housler, Penn Highlands Elk representative,...

ECCHS & SMCMS collect toys for Project Gifts for Elk County

Last week, the annual Project Gifts for Elk County toy collection took place at ECCHS and SMCMS. In exchange for a dress down day, the entire student body brought in toys for the local organization, which provides gifts at Christmastime to the underprivileged youth of...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Pictured are the St. Marys Catholic Elementary School 5th grade students performing their Thanksgiving program following the ECCSS all-school mass at Queen of the World Church on Wednesday. We hope everyone has a blessed and enjoyable...

Hoehn and Geitner Scholarship Funds Transfer to ECCF

Mr. Sam MacDonald, president of the Elk County Catholic School System, is pleased to announce that ECCSS is transferring the Gilbert J. and Dorothy E. Hoehn Scholarship Fund and the Edna Geitner Bennett Memorial Scholarship Fund to the Elk County Community Foundation...

November Alumni Mass – Wednesday, November 19

The ECCHS Alumni Association will hold its November Alumni Mass on Wednesday, November 19 at 9:15 a.m. at ECCHS. All alumni members are invited to attend and celebrate with the students and faculty and staff. Breakfast will be served immediately following in the...

ECCSS receives scholarship funds through the EITC program

The Bridge Educational Foundation announced recently that scholarship money in the amount of $78,000 has been contributed to the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Scholarship Program to benefit local families. CSX Transportation, Chesapeake Energy, RBC Capital...

ECCSS PTO Holiday Club tickets now on sale

The ECCSS PTO is now selling their annual Holiday Club tickets. $35,000 will be raffled off throughout a 50 week period. Click here for more information on the drawings. The proceeds from this raffle will help the PTO reach its $115,000 commitment to the school...

Our Latest Commercial

Watch our latest commercial highlighting students from the entire Elk County Catholic School System! Be sure to check out the great lyrics reminding us all to… “be seen living for Christ!”

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Elk County Catholic School System

600 Maurus Street, Saint Marys, PA 15857
114 Queens Road, Saint Marys, PA 15857