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.

Alumni Association Spring Business Meeting – Tuesday, May 31

The ECCHS Alumni Association Spring Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the ECCSS Administration Building. All alumni members are invited to attend, especially class representatives. Please join us as we wrap up and review this year’s events...

Holiday Club Winners – Weeks 23-25

Week 23 Amount Number Winner $100 701 Barb Shufran $80 1050 unsold $75 1 Nicole Brakefield $75 794 unsold $75 518 Dean Hanes $75 766 Ann Weis Week 24 Amount Number Winner $100 789 The Lucky Seven $80 u1140 unsold $75 543 Troy Caskey $75 310 unsold $75 666 Matt &...

Mrs. Anderson honored by RIT

On April 7, a ceremony was held to honor Rochester Institute of Technology’s 2015-2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars. ECC alum Chloe van Eerden ’11 was among the students who were honored. Chloe is a packaging science major, the recipient of the RIT...

International Student host families needed for 2016-17 school year

Elk County Catholic’s International Student program is in need of host families for the 2016-2017 school year. Housing is needed beginning mid-August through the last day of school. Host families will be given an $8,000 stipend to host a student for the 10-month...

May Alumni Mass – Friday, May 20

The Elk County Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its May Alumni Mass on Friday, May 20 at 9:05 a.m. at ECCHS. All graduates of Central High School and Elk County Christian/Catholic High School are invited to attend and celebrate with the students,...

Crusader gear for sale!

The ECC FBLA Club is having a 50% off sale on their Spirit Wear items! Check out the items and prices in the attached photo. Sizes are limited. If you would like to purchase an item, please contact Mrs. Marlene Stubber (stubberm@eccss.org). The ECC Alumni Association...

Alum gifts scholarship applicants with reference handbook

Recently, ECCHS representatives distributed letters of recognition from Dr. Dan Meier ’65 to the six applicants of his newly established Daniel L. and Ellen P. Meier Scholarship. The recipient of this year’s scholarship will be recognized at the Senior...

Ebola-fighting alum speaks to ECC students during assembly

On Thursday, May 12, the ECCHS student body had the privilege of listening to a presentation by LCDR Anastasia Shields ’94 during the 3rd quarter academic assembly. LCDR Shields spoke about the importance of her education at ECC and how it prepared her for her...

Elementary School holds May Crowning ceremony

Recently, the students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School held their May Crowning ceremony. Fifth grader Rylie Belsole, escorted by her classmate Alex Cahilly, had the honor of crowning the Blessed Mother during the Mass celebration.   Holy Mary, mother fair,...

2016 Summer Camp Program

Elk County Catholic School System is pleased to continue its summer camp program for the students of our area. The majority of camps are open to all students, not just those who attend ECCSS schools. Camps focus on a number of areas of interest including athletics,...

ECCSS receives grant from the Palumbo Charitable Trust

Elk County Catholic School System was recently the recipient of a grant from the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust. “The Palumbo Charitable Trust has been one of our strongest and most consistent supporters over the years,” said ECCSS President Sam...

Athletic updates for Tuesday, May 10

The track meet in Kane has been cancelled. It will not be rescheduled. The boys tennis match at Bradford has been cancelled. It is rescheduled as part of a double-header tomorrow, May 11 starting at 3 p.m. at Benzinger Park. Baseball and softball are still on as...

International students attend field trip

Recently, ECC’s four international students traveled to Grove City with Mrs. Schneider and Mrs. Schlimm on a field trip. The students had their choice of going to a museum, a baseball game, or sightseeing, and they students chose (you guessed it!) … to go...

SMCES Preschool receives grant from ECSSS

The St. Marys Catholic Elementary Preschool program was recently the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Elk County Society for Special Services Fund, a fund that benefits pre-k educational programming in the area through the Elk County Community Foundation. Items...

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Elk County Catholic School System

High School and Middle School

600 Maurus Street, Saint Marys, PA 15857

Saint Marys Catholic Elementary School

114 Queens Road, Saint Marys, PA 15857