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.

Holiday Club Winners – Weeks 1-7 and Christmas

Congratulations to the winners! Week 1 Amount Number Winner $100 490 Kevin Lanzel $80 1139 Rich & Ann Lenox $75 1122 Anthony Muccio $75 350 Dave Krieg $75 1112 Unsold $75 318 Rico Franconi Week 2 Amount Number Winner $100 36 unsold $80 566 Phil & Patty $75 492...

ECC Competitive Spirit Squad moving onto Hershey!

Congratulations to our Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Squad as they brought home the District IX Small Varsity Division Championship this past Saturday at Dubois Area High School! The girls will now move onto the state competition in Hershey on January 22. Way to go,...

“Take a Peek Week” is coming up!

St. Marys Catholic Elementary School invites parents of children eligible for preschool or kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year to join us for “Take a Peek Week.” Take a Peek Week will be held from January 18-20 from 10:15-11:30 a.m. Parents will have...

Alumni Association to host 6th Annual “Spirit Night”

The ECCHS Alumni Association will host its 6th Annual “Spirit Night” event on Friday, January 22, 2016. Wear your alma mater’s colors of maroon and gold and come out to cheer on the Crusaders as they take on the Johnsonburg Rams at the Aaron J. Straub Gym in...

FBLA Club collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Future Business Leaders of America state project for this year is Ronald McDonald House Charities. This charity helps provide housing to family members of a sick child in the hospital at no charge. One of their biggest fundraisers is recycling pop tabs. The ECCHS...

8th graders donate to CAPSEA for Advent service project

This year, the 8th grade class at St. Marys Catholic Middle School teamed up with CAPSEA (Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse) to help those in great need during the Christmas season. The students as well as the teachers wanted to make this Advent...

International students create video about life at ECCHS

The attached video was edited and produced by two of ECCHS’s international students, Vicky Chen and Julia Wu, for a contest the Cambridge Institute is hosting. The Cambridge Institute’s international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to...

January Alumni Mass

The Elk County Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its January Alumni Mass on Friday, January 15 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...

Elementary school students show off their Christmas spirit

On Monday, December 21 the students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School went Christmas caroling on The Diamond in St. Marys. The “field trip” got all involved in the Christmas spirit – the students, chaperones, and the passersby! We hope you all...

ECCSS Christmas Break

The ECCSS Christmas Break will begin on Wednesday, December 23 and continue through Friday, January 1. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4. We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Pictured is the cover of the 2015 ECCSS Christmas card, a...

Theology classes lend a helping hand during the Christmas season

Recently, the ECC junior theology classes took some time out of their day to help put together Bingo packets for the Athletic Association.   “Workshops” like these are held occasionally throughout the school year for various groups or individuals who may...

Band program receives grant from Spunky Norwegian Foundation

Recently Lynn Nicklas, Chairman of the Spunky Norwegian Foundation Board, visited with Elk County Catholic band member Audrey Dornisch and band director Mr. Ray Knight to see the marimba that was recently purchased with a $5,400 grant the foundation awarded to the ECC...

Christmas Concert – Thursday, December 17

The ECC Band will present its annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. in the ECCHS/SMCMS auditorium.   The elementary school concert band and the high school concert band and choir will be the featured performers for the evening’s event....

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Elk County Catholic School System

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