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.

ECC boys’ cross country team places sixth at states

Congratulations to our boys’ cross country team as they came in 6th Place this past weekend at the PIAA “A” championships held in Hershey. The team finished with 183 points, and the top ECC runner was Zach Wortman, who came in 20th place.   Way to...

Congratulations to our volleyball team!

Congratulations goes out to our girls’ volleyball team as they became the District IX Runners-Up this past weekend by defeating the No. 1 seed AC Valley in three matches! Way to go, ladies! The girls will now play Purchase Line, the District VI champion, on...

ECCSS PTO to host 2nd Annual “be.fabulous Bag Bash”

The Elk County Catholic School System PTO invites you to join them in celebrating their 2nd Annual “be.fabulous Bag Bash,” which will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Red Fern in Kersey. Tickets are $40 each and include a buffet dinner and...

New faculty and staff members at ECCSS

By now, you’ve probably noticed there are a few new faces among the faculty and staff members at ECCSS. Check out the biographies below to learn more about the most recent additions to the ECC community! A big “Welcome!” goes out to our...

SMCES to hold Veterans’ Day mass – Wednesday, November 11

St. Marys Catholic Elementary School will hold a special Veterans’ Day Mass on Wednesday, November 11 at 8:45 a.m. at Queen of the World Church. All area veterans are invited to attend mass with the staff and students on that day. Students are encouraged to invite...

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all from our preschool “minions!” A reminder to everyone trick-or-treating tomorrow night to be safe! Have a great time, and don’t eat too much...

Elementary school student “greeters”

Every morning, 5th grade/music teacher Miss Ambrose greets students as they arrive to school via the school bus. But this year, she has a few extra helpers to assist her in welcoming the students into the building each day. In the attached picture is 4th grader Ella...

2nd Annual Bag Bash to be held on Saturday, November 14

The 2nd Annual be.fabulous Bag Bash will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the Red Fern! Tickets are $40 and include a buffet dinner and eight chances to win a designer handbag! Check out the attached flyer for more information! We hope you can join...

Music Boosters Football Raffle Winners

The winners of the Music Boosters Football Raffle from Saturday, October 24 are: 1st Quarter – Pete and Amy Straub ($500) 2nd Quarter – Bill and Roni Marshall ($500) 3rd Quarter – Rusty Yetzer and Bill Wehler ($500) 4th Quarter – Pat and Lori...

Marianna Hoagie Sale orders due Friday, October 30

The ECCSS PTO Marianna Hoagie Sale orders are due on Friday, October 30. Hoagies are $7 and pizzas are $8. The orders will be delivered to the ECC/SMCMS cafeteria on Thursday, November 12. Can’t find your order form and flyer? Click here to download these...

Congrats to our Marching Band!

Congratulations to the ECC Marching Band as they brought home 1st Place at the Chapter XI Championships this past weekend! Way to...

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Elk County Catholic School System

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