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Catholic Identity

There are ever-present reminders to our students that God is part of all 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 our Catholic education.


Whether it be advancing to kindergarten or graduating from high school, each student at ECCSS is prepared. Our students are able to read, write, calculate, think critically and work as a team. At every grade level, our students are equipped for what lies ahead due to a committed, diverse and passionate group of faculty and staff members that hold various degrees and certifications. The solid foundation provided in our schools ready students for their next steps.

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.

Time change for the November 16 Alumni Mass

The November Alumni Mass that was originally scheduled to begin at 9:05 a.m. on Friday, November 16 will now begin at 8:50 a.m. If there is a two-hour delay (or a cancellation), there will be no...

ECCSS E-Alert: Early dismissal for Thursday, November 15

Due to the impending winter weather, St. Marys Area schools will be dismissing early today. St. Marys Catholic Middle School/Elk County Catholic High School will be releasing at 12:10 p.m. St. Marys Catholic Elementary School will be releasing at 1 p.m. Johnsonburg...

ECCHS student wins Clarion University Math Competition

On Thursday, November 8, Elk County Catholic High School students Cecilia Mao and Isaac Gradl competed in the 34th Annual Benjamin Freed High School Mathematics Competition sponsored by Clarion University. As part of the competition, each student was required to...

SMCES honors veterans with special Mass

St. Marys Catholic Elementary held a special school Mass today in honor of Veterans’ Day. Students were encouraged to invite a veteran to attend Mass with them and then to a social in the cafeteria afterward. About 45 veterans attended the tribute, which concluded...

November Alumni Mass – Friday, November 16

The Elk County Catholic High School Alumni Association will hold its November Alumni Mass on Friday, November 16 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...

St. Leo School and Parish celebrate All Saints’ Day

All Saints' Day at St. Leo School and Parish was a huge success and a great learning experience for parishioners of all ages this year. In the weeks leading up to the event, each class researched and chose a...

Students participate in 40 Days for Life campaign

On Friday, October 26, 11 members of the ECC Students for Life Club stood in front of Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh and participated in the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign. Twice a year across the world, volunteers pray for an end to abortion in front of these...

Reading makes you a STAR! 📚🌟

The fifth-grade students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary set a goal at the beginning of the school year to read 250 books by the end of the first quarter. They kept track of their progress through a Reading Wall (see attached picture). Each time a student passed an...

Tickets on sale now for the 2018 be.fabulous Bag Bash!

Join us for this year's be.fabulous Bag Bash at the Red Fern on Saturday, November 17! Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $42 each and include dinner and eight chances to win a beautiful handbag from designers such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Coach and more (need not be...

ECC students participate in blood drive as part of CNA class

ECC seniors Shannon Clancy and Brianne Ruffner are currently participating in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course at St. Marys Area High School. The class focuses on infection control, safety, resident rights, abuse training, vital signs, advanced patient...

Crusader cross country team brings home D9 1A title

Congratulations to our boys’ cross country team members as they became the District 9 Class A champions this past Saturday! They edged Cranberry by just two points on a very wet and cold day to bring home the team title. They will advance to the PIAA state meet on...

Survey regarding the adaptive reuse of St. Joseph Monastery

As many current and former residents of St. Marys are aware, St. Joseph Monastery closed its doors in 2015. Now, a group of dedicated and concerned citizens has gathered to work with St. Marys native John Troha who has made the only offer to purchase the building and...

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Our Locations

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