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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 – Week 17

Amount Number Name $100 676 Holiday Club $80 333 James Smithbauer $75 281 Veronica Hawk $75 314 Mary & Dale Buerk $75 209 Dede Straub $75 429 Jeanie...

New vending machine at ECCHS/SMCMS!

Pictured is Duncan LaValle stocking the new vending machine purchased by the ECCHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club as part of a Youth Entrepreneurship Grant. As part of the grant process, students worked to create a business plan for the Drink Up...

Advanced tickets for boys’ basketball playoff game on sale now

Congratulations goes out to our boys’ basketball team as they defeated Bishop Carroll 56-50 in overtime in a very exciting first round state playoff game. The Crusaders will now take on Farrell on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at Clarion University. Advanced...

Reservations due soon for 7th Annual ECCSS Heritage Gala

Just a reminder that reservations for the 7th Annual ECCSS Heritage Gala Benefit Dinner are due on Thursday, March 19. The gala will be held on Saturday, March 28 at the Red Fern, and this year’s theme is “Our Little Corner of Paradise.” Each donor who contributes $50...

Shop “AmazonSmile” to support ECCSS!

Support ECCSS by shopping! Shop through smile.amazon.com, select “Elk County Catholic School System” as your charitable organization, and Amazon will donate .5% of your total to ECCSS! The link to AmazonSmile can also be found on the ECCSS website on the...

ECCSS PTO Spring Marianna Hoagie Sale

The ECCSS PTO is once again holding their spring hoagie sale this year. This fundraiser has been very successful in the past and has helped the PTO meet their $115,000 commitment to the school system. Click here to view the tally sheet that also contains more...

Admission prices for weekend athletic events

PIAA Basketball Information: You may purchase advanced tickets for both the boys’ and girls’ state playoff games in the ECC Main Office on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for...

Scrip Office closed/Jr. High volleyball match cancelled

The Scrip Office will be closed this morning, March 4 due to questionable road conditions. Please let those who buy for your family know, because many of these people don’t get our emails. The team will reevaluate whether to open the office tonight as the day...

Girls’ Jr. High Volleyball Match Rescheduled

The girls’ Jr. High volleyball game that was scheduled for today, March 3 at ECCHS has been cancelled due to early dismissal because of the forecast of freezing rain, 30 MPH winds, sleet, snow, and rain.  The match has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March...

Early Dismissal – Tuesday, March 3

ECCSS students will be released early today, March 3. Middle and high school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. while elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. All after-school activities are also cancelled.

Fr. Allen visits with preschool students

Recently, Fr. Richard Allen and his dog Ginger stopped by Mrs. Bridget Roberts’s preschool classroom to visit with our young students. During his visit, he spent some time showing the children his best Play-Doh sculpting tricks. We have a feeling Fr. Allen had...

Band program receives grant from Spunky Norwegian Foundation

Recently, Lynn Nicklas, Vice Chairman of the Spunky Norwegian Foundation Board, presented a check to Mr. Ray Knight, ECCSS band director, and Mrs. Sandy Florig, ECCHS principal. The Spunky Norwegian Foundation was created to carry on the life work of Dr. Inez Stewart...

Basketball state playoff games set for this weekend

The boys’ and girls’ Crusader basketball teams will play in the first rounds of their respective PIAA tournaments this weekend. The boys will play Bishop Carroll on Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Cambria High School in Ebensburg. The girls will...

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