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.

Girls’ Jr. High Volleyball Match Rescheduled

The girls’ Jr. High volleyball game that was scheduled for today, March 3 at ECCHS has been cancelled due to early dismissal because of the forecast of freezing rain, 30 MPH winds, sleet, snow, and rain.  The match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March...

Early Dismissal – Tuesday, March 3

ECCSS students will be released early today, March 3. Middle and high school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. while elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. All after-school activities are also cancelled.

Fr. Allen visits with preschool students

Recently, Fr. Richard Allen and his dog Ginger stopped by Mrs. Bridget Roberts’s preschool classroom to visit with our young students. During his visit, he spent some time showing the children his best Play-Doh sculpting tricks. We have a feeling Fr. Allen had...

Band program receives grant from Spunky Norwegian Foundation

Recently, Lynn Nicklas, Vice Chairman of the Spunky Norwegian Foundation Board, presented a check to Mr. Ray Knight, ECCSS band director, and Mrs. Sandy Florig, ECCHS principal. The Spunky Norwegian Foundation was created to carry on the life work of Dr. Inez Stewart...

Basketball state playoff games set for this weekend

The boys’ and girls’ Crusader basketball teams will play in the first rounds of their respective PIAA tournaments this weekend. The boys will play Bishop Carroll on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Cambria High School in Ebensburg. The girls will...

Refrigerator for school cafeteria

The MS/HS is in search of a small, glass front refrigerator for the cafeteria lunch line. If anyone can help with providing one, please contact Kim Schlimm at 834-7800.

Holiday Club Winners – Week 16

Listed below are the Holiday Club winners for Week 16: Week 16 Number Name $100 693 Greg Bauer $80 518 Dean Hanes $75 1196 Chuck Ehrensberger $75 80 Chris Gismondi $75 742 Holiday Club $75 940 Ann &...

A message from your Scrip Team …

In order to make the online Scrip ordering process more streamlined, we’re asking all Scrip participants to use PrestoPay only for online ordering as of May 1, 2015 (this includes Reloads, ScripNow!, and regular orders). The process to set up a PrestoPay account...

Basketball playoff games to be played this weekend

The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams will both play in the consolation games of their respective District IX tournaments this weekend. The girls will play Cameron County on Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Marys Area High School. The boys...

CNB Bank presents Star Foundation contribution to ECCSS

Pictured are representatives of CNB Bank presenting a contribution to the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) through the Star Foundation. The Star Foundation is a non-profit entity created by the Diocese of Erie to receive funds under the Pennsylvania...

Jansen to fill director of advancement position at ECCSS

Mr. Sam MacDonald, president of the Elk County Catholic School System, is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Jansen to the position of Director of Advancement for the school system, effective immediately. “Sue has been a long-time supporter of the school...

Scrip News: Bavarian Hills added as a vendor

Bavarian Hills will now be available in the Scrip Office in $25 denominations (5%). The Scrip Team is hoping to have these in the inventory by Friday, February 27.

First Commonwealth Bank makes contribution to ECCSS

Recently, First Commonwealth Bank of St. Marys made a $20,000 contribution to the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS) for scholarship funding. Pictured, from left to right, are Douglas Sako, senior vice president of First Commonwealth Bank; Mary Beth Schaut,...

2015 PHEAA/Stackpole-Hall summer job applications now available

The 2015 PHEAA/Stackpole-Hall summer job applications are now available on the Stackpole-Hall Foundation website. For more information and to access the application forms, students should visit www.stackpolehall.org and click on the “Summer Jobs Program”...

Girls’ Jr. High volleyball game now at ECC

The girls’ Jr. High volleyball match versus Bradford Area that was scheduled to be played in Bradford on Tuesday, February 24 has been moved to Elk County Catholic. This is due to Bradford cancelling school today due to a water main break in the city of...

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