At Dayspring Christian Academy, we use the Principle Approach method of education, which draws life and its very core from the Word of God. Dayspring offers a bold, distinctive, biblical education in Lancaster, PA that teaches students to think and reason from biblical principles and apply them to every area of life. With this worldview, students learn to think logically. They learn how to think not what to think. From this perspective, they gain a love of learning and the ability to view the world through the lens of the Bible. This brings transformation internally and extends outward to affect every area of life.
“Dayspring has helped to make a great person of my daughter. She has a great heart. She is a Christian. She has the right morals. She has the right values and friends. How we live our lives at home is not undone when she comes to school.
“The field studies are just special. (Parents are invited to travel along) and we went to Boston and Plymouth (MA) for a study on John Adams and the Pilgrims. I spent five days on the bus with the kids. Those kids were amazing. They are the friends you would choose for your kids. What we learned was eye-opening. We were in John Adams’ home where his wife cooked him meals and he walked the halls. To have it put right in front of me helped me understand this is how our country got started.
“When we were in Plymouth, we were gathered around the tomb of (Pilgrim Governor) William Bradford and Mr. Stone invited students to pray. So, the boys started praying and I realized…these are men. These are men praying. It was unbelievable.”
-Brian Groff, Dayspring Parent
“The Lord spoke to me and told me to run with perseverance, striving for not only academic achievement but actively pursuing becoming a leader. The Lord showed me that if I gave my everything, I could go from being “Pig-Pen” to maybe someday being a leader in our nation.
“A significant factor that helped change my vision for my future was teachers that believed in me. The Dayspring teachers and staff helped me realize that I had potential to be someone greater than I thought I was. If it wasn’t for the inspiration from teachers . . . I’m not sure where I would be today.”
Former Special Assistant to Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack
Emerald Smucker (’17) is a National Merit Scholar Finalist
1. What was of greatest benefit to you at Dayspring?
Dayspring helped shape my worldview according to the Bible so that I can discern lies from the truth. It helped me build a foundation on which I can stand throughout my life.
2. What do you like or enjoy most about the school?
The field studies the students take are educational and also fun; some of my favorite memories from high school were made on these trips. I am also looking forward to the senior trip to Israel at the end of the year.
3. How would you describe a Dayspring education?
A Dayspring education is heavily focused on critical thinking and reasoning. It relates biblical principles to all aspects of education.
4. Why would you recommend Dayspring?
I would recommend Dayspring because it does not teach students what to think, it teaches them how to think. This is important in a culture where students are bombarded with mixed messages.
The Principle Approach® teaches students to reason from biblical truth and principles and to make application to every area of life. Every class at Dayspring Christian Academy begins with God’s Word.View Our Vision and History
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The goal of the Principle Approach® to education is to build a student’s Christian character and sense of self-government, Christian scholarship, and Biblical reasoning for lifelong learning and discipleship.See our approach
Biblical Worldview is intentionally cultivated through Dayspring’s unique curriculum and Principle Approach to learning.
Dayspring employs a classical curriculum that includes logic, rhetoric, hermeneutics, Latin and Greek, classical literature, and the providential view of history.
Through AP classes and a dual enrollment program with Cairn University, Dayspring students may earn up to 24 college credits.
The Dayspring student is not limited to the classroom for learning. Students are taken to key sites for deeper study of science, history, and more.