Our Values


York Country Day School, an independent college preparatory day school, inspires and nurtures the innovative and creative spirit of students as they pursue their intellectual promise. Students and faculty embrace rigor and delight in the pursuit of learning with tenacious curiosity and with diverse perspectives. The community helps students ignite their intellectual, social, and civic passions. Our students are known and valued, which allows them to engage as compassionate, bold, and active citizens as they identify a purpose outside of themselves, for the common good, and generate the call to better the world.


YCDS’s motto, veritas, means truth. A YCDS student is an integral member of an engaging community who aspires to pursue, define, and advance personal and intellectual truth to enrich and advance the quality of life for oneself and the greater good of others.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity is central to York Country Day School's mission. As our community collaborates to nurture and foster students to better the world, we recognize the importance of fostering mutual respect, responsibility, and empathy.

Our world presents many forms of human identity including race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, physical ability, family structure, and age. YCDS welcomes, honors, and gives voice to all differences among us and works to identify what unites us as we embrace our collaborative spirit.