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A Principle-Approach® Pre-K–12 Christian School in Lancaster County, PA

Lower School

Lower School children explore the building blocks of education: math, reading, science, great works of literature, grammar, history, geography, and even the discipline of penmanship.

Fast Facts About Lower School

✓ Who: 1st-5th Grades

✓ When: 5 Days/Week, End of August – Beginning of June

✓ Location: Conveniently located just 1 minute from the Mountville exit of Route 30 in Lancaster County, PA


Purpose/Education Philosophy

Unlike many other elementary schools in the Lancaster area, the teachers at Dayspring Christian Academy’s Lower School educate with the whole child in mind. While others prepare elementary-aged students to simply improve their memorization and test-taking abilities, Dayspring teaches students how to reason through the content that is presented to them to reach a logical, biblical conclusion and application. As opposed to preparing elementary-aged students to simply improve their test-taking abilities, Dayspring teaches students how to reason through the content that is presented to them to reach a logical, biblical conclusion and application.


Elementary School Parent Testimonial

“I’ve been privileged to go on the 3rd grade Plymouth twice. This trip was monumental for me. The on-site teaching at the different places we visited taught by Mrs. Stauffer, Mrs. Martin, and Mr. Stone were so eye-opening and really allowed me to gain a deep understanding just how strong, courageous, and faith-filled these Pilgrim families were. This spurred me, as an adult, to revisit our history to better myself in leading my family in faith. Both trips made me come home feeling more faith-filled and empowered to walk more deeply in the foundational Biblical principles instilled in our country’s legacy. Having our students learn about what the Pilgrims had to sacrifice and endure, before and after coming to America, I believe is imperative in seeing God’s Providential hand in the beginning days of this great country. I greatly look forward to returning to Plymouth!”

~Matt Weidman, Dayspring parent

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Lower School Highlights

  • Core subjects include Math, Science, Bible, Language, Literature, Reading, History, and Geography
  • History is learned through Ephesians 1:9-10 which concludes: “All human history is culminated in Christ.” We teach students that God is sovereign as He governs in the affairs of men and nations, because He sees the past, present, and future—He orchestrates events to accomplish His plan (that all men may know God the Father through Christ the Son.)
  • With a Providential View of History in mind, each grade level focuses on a different point on the timeline of HIStory. It begins with Creation and includes the chain of Christianity moving westward. From Moses and the Law to Jesus Christ, from Paul to the Bible in English, from Columbus to the Pilgrims, from the Patriots to the Pioneers, and concludes with the restoration of America. Students are taught this to understand the truth of history and for Whom our nation was built.
  • Math: Hybrid Learning is a system that rotates students through three learning stations within the math class to enable personalized learning. Students engage in the learning process through the use of direct instruction, which has a small group interacting directly with the teacher for more individualized teaching with each student. Another station includes collaborative activities, where students work in a group on real-world problems that relate to the material covered in class. The final station is independent learning, which takes place on a computer. It helps students to master each step in the problem and give immediate feedback to the teacher to let them know where each student may need further direction. The Hybrid Learning method enables students to have multiple ways of learning a lesson to enable mastery and to meet students varied learning styles.
  • Students begin Spanish in first grade and Latin in fourth.
  • In-depth field studies are taken at every grade level, including a four-day study in Plymouth, MA, for third-grade students. Fifth grade experiences a two-day study of ocean life in New Jersey. Field studies can be viewed for each grade level on our Field Studies page.
  • Public speaking is an important focus of our curriculum, so students participate in speech meet in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and up through fifth grade.
  • Orations: To develop the ability to research, write, and defend their work, students begin writing orations in second grade and presenting in third grade.
  • STEM Director, Mary Stauffer, teaches robotics and computer coding using robots to students in grades K-5. These same classes will also use the Engineering is Elementary program to teach students to solve engineering challenges like designing a container to safely ship live plants to a store, clean up an oil spill and assess the environmental impact, and design a production line to make potato chips.
  • View our complete Course Catalogs for elementary school
  • Art, Music, Physical Education are incorporated into our elementary school schedule
  • Elective activities including our annual Lower School Musical, Lower School Athletics Clinics, and other opportunities exist for elementary-aged students. Visit our Student Life page to learn more.
  • Average class size is 20. Grades 1, 2, and 3 have teachers aides to assist with learning.

Why Dayspring?

There’s a lot of Christian elementary schools in Lancaster County. So, why should parents choose Dayspring? As the only Christian school in Lancaster, PA with a proven system for Biblical Worldview development, parents who have come through Dayspring’s doors acknowledge that Dayspring is different. This difference is clear in how we educate. The Principle Approach is America’s original form of education and puts the Word of God at the center of all learning. With the Bible at the center, students are able to discern truth, reason rightly, and stand strong amidst the pressures of this world. Biblical worldview development has never been more important for Christian parents to provide for their children, and Dayspring Christian Academy is pleased to partner with parents to ensure students are fully prepared for college, career, and life.

So, what can you expect from a Dayspring education? As a parent, we invite you to rise with us as we equip students as faith-filled, biblical thinkers who pursue Christian character, communicate confidently, innovate purposefully, and live courageously as tomorrow’s leaders. We call this statement our “portrait of a graduate.” It answers the question “what is a Dayspring education designed to do?” Watch the video below to learn more.

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About Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning is a system that rotates students through three learning stations within the math class to enable personalized learning. Students engage in the learning process through the use of direct instruction, which has a small group interacting directly with the teacher for more individualized teaching with each student. Another station includes collaborative activities, where students work in a group on real-world problems that relate to the material covered in class. The final station is independent learning, which takes place on a computer. It helps students to master each step in the problem and give immediate feedback to the teacher to let them know where each student may need further direction. The Hybrid Learning method enables students to have multiple ways of learning a lesson to enable mastery and to meet students varied learning styles.


Elementary School Details

  • Class Size: 24
  • Number of Classes: 1
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 12:1 for grades 1-3
  • Before/After School: Programs are available
  • Programs for gifted or students with special needs? Yes. Please check our Learning Services page for details.
  • School Security/Safety protocols, etc. Dayspring’s elementary school classrooms are bright, welcoming, and friendly. Appropriate security measures are in place to ensure that our families feel confident that their precious children are safe, loved and well-cared for.
  • Tuition: $11,179 for Grades 1-5
  • Financial Aid Info: Tuition Assistance is available. Call John Riddell at 717-285-2000 for details.

How to Apply

  • Schedule a private tour!
    • Private tours for you and your child are available. We’ll work with you to find a date/time that’s convenient. Contact us to schedule a tour »
    • The next open house is scheduled for March 11, 2021.
  • Currently enrolling for school year: 2020-2021 (plan ahead – we begin accepting applications for Pre-K in January for the upcoming school year!)
  • How to Apply:
    • Step 1: Fill out our online application
    • Step 2: Attend an interview and intake testing.
    • Step 3: Submit the required forms and documentation.
  • Form to Submit:
    • Parents must also provide a copy of a recent physical examination and an immunization record or letter of objection. You can find all of the forms necessary for enrollment in our Form Library.
  • Registration fee: All fees are included in the cost of tuition.

Meet Our Teachers

Ruth Hook, First Grade Teacher

Amy Yon is the second grade teacher

Amy Yon, Second Grade Teacher

Jill Martin, Third Grade Teacher

 

Melanie Stoltzfus, Fourth Grade Teacher

Brianne Kreider, Fifth Grade Teacher

 

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