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.

Snow and Math

While the first big snow storm hits outside, the students at the St. Marys Catholic Middle School warm up their brains inside by completing the first of two math assessments given by the Erie Diocese each year. These math problems are designed to challenge...

The Rosary

The Rosary In a town called Saint Marys, most people are aware of the power of the Rosary. The students at the St. Marys Catholic Elementary School certainly are! As part of their religious studies, the students must learn about the rosary and the power of prayer. The...

Gardner’s Candy Sale

Attention Chocolate Lovers! The Gardner’s Candy Sale PTO Fundraiser will begin this Thursday, January 15 and will end February 5. Candy orders will be delivered on March 19 – just in time for Easter! See your favorite ECCSS student to place your order or...

End of Quarter Change

Due to the snow days in December and January, the end of the second quarter now lands on Wednesday, January 21.  Report cards will not go home until the following Thursday, January 29.

Make-up Days

The make-up days for the snow day cancellations  we have had so far are as follows: Snow day December 12 will be made up on Friday, March 13. Snow day January 9 will be made up on Thursday, April 2.

Alumni Spirit Night

The ECCHS Alumni Association will once again be hosting its annual “Spirit Night” on Friday, January 16, 2015. This is the fifth year for the event and it promises to be.bigger and better than ever! Wear your alma mater’s colors of maroon and gold and come out...

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...

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