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 senior donates “Buddy Bench” to elementary school

The elementary school playground has a new addition – a Buddy Bench! ECC senior Rachel Herbstritt wrote a story and built a Buddy Bench to fulfill the requirements for her Girl Scout Gold Award. This special bench is for students who don’t have anyone to...

Video: 8th grade Wallops Island trip

Click on the link below to view a great video of this year’s 8th grade Wallops Island trip made by Tim and Pam Smith! The video documents the students’ activities during their four-day science-filled excursion. Thank you to Mrs. Meredith for organizing...

AP classes take field trip to Hexion Chemical Plant and Kinzua Bridge

Last week, Mrs. Lindsey Novosel’s AP Chemistry and AP Calculus BC classes traveled to Hexion Chemical Plant and the Kinzua Bridge State Park. Both classes were assigned a project in conjunction with their respective parts of the field trip. The AP Chemistry students...

Music Boosters Football Raffle Winners – Week 2

Here are this past Saturday’s Music Booster Football Raffle Winners (ECC vs. Bradford): 1st Quarter – Tom Catalone ($250) 2nd Quarter – Joe Hoffman ($250) 3rd Quarter – Andy Dornisch ($250) 4th Quarter – Joe and Tammy Neubert ($500)...

Elementary school unveils new science lab

Although it’s not entirely completed, Mrs. Michelle Smith’s 4th grade class recently took advantage of the elementary school’s new science lab! The plumbing still needs to be hooked up, but the students utilized the new tables, chairs, digital...

The torch is being passed …

                                Recently, Coach Straub cleaned out his office cupboards and gifted his former senior basketball players with uniforms from their high school years. Pictured...

Class of 2017 celebrates Senior Retreat

The annual Senior Retreat was held this past weekend, and it began on Sunday evening at St. Boniface in Kersey. The students helped mulch the school’s playground area, celebrated Mass and had a cookout. Class shirts that displayed the theme of the retreat were...

Boys’ cross country team fares well at Bradford Invitational

Congratulations to our boys’ cross country team as they brought home a first place finish in the Bradford Invitational this past Saturday. The Crusaders dominated the event as the team finished 54 points ahead of their second place competitor. Congratulations...

ECC alum a member of Pitt marching band

ECC alum Lexi Knight ’16 is picking up right where she left off during her first year of college! Lexi is a new member of the University of Pittsburgh marching band, playing first alto sax while majoring in biochemistry.   During her time at ECC, she...

Holiday Club Winners – Weeks 40-43 and Labor Day

Congratulations to the winners! Week 40 Number Name $100 327 Maureen Eck $80 703 Dave Hoy $75 724 Yolanda Jeselnick $75 817 Kim & Ed Schlimm $75 1092 Pam & Andy Schlimm $75 1013 Chris Rimer Week 41 Number Name $100 732 unsold $80 714 unsold $75 195 Mary Ann...

Crusader golfers take team title at Bradford Invitational

Congratulations to our Crusader golf team as they took First Place in the Bradford Invitational this past Saturday! Pictured are teammates Brady Schneider, Jonah Meyer, and Gabe Kraus proudly displaying the team’s championship plaque. Great work,...

ECC golfer records hole-in-one with lucky ball

Congratulations to ECC golfer Ryan Newton on the first hole-in-one of his career! The feat came during a home match against St. Marys Area on Hole #2, a par 3, at Leaning Pines Golf Course. Ryan was playing with teammate Brady Schneider and Dutchmen golfers Nate...

Music Boosters Football Raffle Winners – Week 1

Congratulations to the winners of the Music Boosters Football Raffle from Week 1: 1st Quarter – John and Helen DaCanal – $250 2nd Quarter – Cathy Zimmerman – $250 3rd Quarter – Dan and Lisa Salter – $250 4th Quarter – Georgia...

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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

Saint Boniface Elementary School

Saint Leo Catholic Elementary School