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High School

Dayspring Christian Academy’s High School in Lancaster, PA prepares students in grades 9-12 for college, the marketplace, and life by providing a Classical Christian Education.

Fast Facts About High School

✓ Who & When: 9th-12th Grades (Traditional & Honors High School options). 5 Days/Week, End of August – Beginning of June

✓ College Prep: During the 2018-2019 school year, 31% of sophomores, 48% of juniors, and 56% of Dayspring seniors took college-level courses

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



Purpose/Education Philosophy

The overall goal of this classical American Christian approach is to produce a student who has not only progressed from the rudiments of the subjects to the higher levels of understanding, but who has learned how to reason from the principles of the Bible to the concepts and issues of the subject. It is the liberating effect of the self-governed intellect combined with a heart submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ that allows the student to reach his or her fullest God-given potential.

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Curriculum for High School

Our rigorous curriculum encompasses core courses from Algebra through Calculus and Statistics, from Earth Science through Physics, from Biology to Anatomy & Physiology. Students are equipped with truth as they explore the rudiments of American history and our form of republicanism.

  • Languages: Includes Spanish, American Sign Language, and Greek
  • Literature: Includes British and American classics from Beowulf to Ben Hur, with an
    annual study in Shakespeare.
  • Science: Includes Biology, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Physics. STEM is the science focus for grades 10 and 12.
  • Logic: Our students study the ancient disciplines of logic (“the art of thinking”) and rhetoric (“the art of speaking”) (Webster’s 1828).
  • Bible: Students take Exegesis to better understand and interpret the original languages of the Bible.
  • Art: Students may participate in art classes, including Introduction to Art and Art Studio.
  • Music: Options include high school choirs, music theory, as well as Honors Choir (auditions required). Students may join instrumental ensembles and take music electives.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes include:
    • AP Psychology
    • AP US History
    • AP English Composition
    • AP English Literature
    • AP Physics
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus

College Preparation

Dayspring Christian Academy’s mission reflects our commitment to academic excellence and college preparation for our students who desire to go on to college. Often, Dayspring’s  SAT scores are on average about 100 points higher than the national average. This is a reflection of our students’ commitment to working as unto the Lord in school and the preparation that we offer as students prepare for college. Dayspring high school students have the opportunity to earn up to 30 college credits before graduation through our dual enrollment program with Cairn University and our stellar AP courses. Many of our students arrive at college already having earned a full semester of credits!

  • Dual Credit Program: Students are given the opportunity to build their college transcript while completing High School through our dual credit program with Cairn University. Earning college credits before graduation can save time and money after high school.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes include: Psychology, US History, English Composition, English Literature, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus.
  • Apprenticeship career program for Juniors.
  • Senior thesis is written and defended. Senior thesis is a graduation requirement.

You can find more information regarding college preparation at Dayspring using the links below:

College Acceptance Facts

GPA & Class Rank Computation

SAT Scores: Top & Average

In addition to traditional high school, Dayspring also offers an Honors High School option for academically-gifted, high-achieving students.

Honors High School

The Honors High School program at Dayspring Christian Academy provides a distinctive educational experience for high-achieving, academically-gifted students. Dayspring provides an enhanced curriculum geared to the educational needs and goals of honors students. The Honors High School is an important element in our mission to prepare students to develop as citizens of excellence in Christian character and scholarship. Honors High School courses differ from Dayspring’s traditional high school courses in that they foster a greater degree of independent scholarship grounded in inquiry (a crucial skill associated with scientific discovery), creative design, and lifelong learning.

Learn more about honors high school now! 


Activities & Events

Field Trips: Onsite, Interactive In-Depth Learning

In-depth field studies in high school include the study of the rudiments of American history in studies to Boston; Plymouth, MA; New York City; and Washington, D.C. The Dayspring high school student’s Senior year is culminated with a 10-day study in Israel. We call this trip “the final Dayspring classroom.” Learn why in this blog.

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics include boys soccer, girls lacrosse, golf, boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball, and track and field. High School students may also participate in any sport at McCaskey High School through our cooperative sponsorship.

Electives and clubs include worship team, pinewood derby, music-based clubs such as strings and ukulele, history, science clubs, games, cooking, newspaper, yearbook, student government, and so much more!

High School Details

  • Class Size: 24
  • Number of Classes: 1 per grade level
  • 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.  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: $12,499 for Grades 9-12
  • 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 2022. Check back for dates and details!
  • Currently enrolling for school year: 2021-2022 (plan ahead – we begin accepting applications 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 High School Teachers

Mrs. Rebecca Detweiler

Brian Fleetman is an upper school art teacher

Mr. Brian Fleetman

Mrs. Erin Frick

Mrs. Kim Gainer

Mr. Randy Gehman

Mr. Matthew Henry

Mr. David Landon

Mrs. Kym MacKilligan

Mr. Caleb Onasch

Mr. Eric Schwartz






Ms. Lindsey Stauffer

Ms. Mary Stauffer

Dan Stone is the Upper School Principal at Dayspring Christian Academy.

Mr. Dan Stone

Ed Sykes is an upper school teacher

Mr. Ed Sykes

Mr. Matthew Valverde

Mr. Lance Yunkin


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