Scholars Program

The York Prep Scholars Program, a three-year enrichment sequence leading to a York Prep School Degree with Honors Diploma, offers enhanced academic opportunities for our students with a rigorous, exciting, and intellectually stimulating curriculum. The program provides the opportunity, the motivation, and the support for these students to achieve academic success at the upper range of their potential.

The Scholars Program fosters genuine intellectual curiosity and cultivates a strong sense of inquisitive thinking making a York Prep student into a York Prep Scholar. The aim of this program is to allow students to excavate new interests that may be dormant inside them and to dig deeper to hone their curiosity of a variety of fields and topics. This allows students to discover and to sharpen the tools they need to expand their content knowledge and to take charge of their learning.

There is an application process to enroll in the Scholars Program. requirements for participation in the Scholars Program include, students having an 85 or better average overall and successfully completing at least one Honors level course each year.

All classes are independently taught, once a week, for a semester by members of the faculty who draw on their own particular intellectual passions and specialties both inside and outside of the classroom. In this way, students can discover how a person’s passion for a particular topic can spark someone else’s learning and enrich their love of learning. Past classes have included: “Contemporary Poetry,” “Freud and the Invention of ‘The Mind,’” “Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art,” “Parasitology,” “Inventions of War,” and “Introduction to Modern Political Philosophy.”

In their senior year, students get the opportunity to pursue their own passions and satisfy their curiosity in a year-long capstone project of original research, in addition to taking one Scholars seminar in the fall, and one in the spring. Senior scholars meet periodically with the Senior Research Director for one-on-one sessions to develop these projects. Ultimately, students develop an understanding of how truly connected one’s passion can be to one’s learning.

It is the goal of The Scholars Program to instill an intellectual independence in students so that with the given tools, they can be both challenged in a unique way, and develop a curiosity that will spark a flame that they will carry with them well into their college years and beyond.

Please find the Fall 2018 Course Catalog here.

If you have any questions about The Scholars Program, please direct them to Leah Umansky, the Director of the program, at



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