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


Dayspring Christian Academy’s 3- and 5-day Kindergarten programs in Lancaster, PA uses an intentional method of teaching that trains students to think and reason, not just regurgitate facts.

Fast Facts About Kindergarten

✓ Who: Ages 5 and 6 (must be 5 by September 1st of the school year)

✓ When: 3-Day (Mon/Wed/Fri) and 5-Day Programs are available; both are Full-Day Kindergarten

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

Using The Principle Approach® (historic, biblical method of education that helped forge our nation), Dayspring Christian Academy’s Kindergarten classes provide a refreshing answer to families who seriously desire to launch their child’s education in an academically rigorous, loving, nurturing environment.

Early Childhood Education at Dayspring

At Dayspring Christian Academy, we provide three levels of early childhood education:

  • Preschool: 2-Days/Week (mornings, for ages 3 & 4)
  • Pre-Kindergarten: 3 & 5-Day/Week Programs (full day, for ages 4 & 5)
  • Kindergarten: 3 & 5-Day/Week Programs (full day, for ages 5 & 6)

Kindergarten is a 3-day program that comes with an optional 2 additional enrichment days (creating a full week, 5-day Kindergarten program).

Purpose of the Full-Day Kindergarten Program

  • To fortify the love for God that is being taught at home.
  • To instill a love for the special gift of learning that God has given to each of us.
  • To assist parents in training their child in Christian manners and habits.
  • To begin the process of fitting the child for usefulness in his/her future.

There are clear distinctions that only a Principle Approach® school offers. This philosophy of education finds its very core in the Word of God. Ours is not simply a cursory nod at the Bible or a rote recitation of biblical directives. Rather, our approach involves a dynamic search for and application of biblical truth as it relates to this life and beyond.

Kindergarten Curriculum & Program Options (3-Day & 5-Day)

This level is appropriate for those students who are 5 years old through early 6 years of age developmentally at the start of the school year.

  • Students will be taught to view God as the author of every subject, with a purpose and plan for each one in our modern world.
  • Students begin to learn the rudiments of the subjects like science, history, and geography.
  • They record their learning in their own hand
  • They even begin to reason from the Bible in every subject area.

This intentional method of teaching and learning trains students to think and reason, not just regurgitate facts.

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Base 3-Day Kindergarten Program
(Full Days, Mon/Wed/Fri)

Christian Kindergarten in Lancaster, PA Teacher: Mrs Donna Osborne

Mrs. Donna Osborne, Academic Kindergarten Teacher

The program is still activity-oriented, but more emphasis is placed on paper-and-pencil activities and structured seat work. The seeds of wisdom are sown in every academic subject to inspire a love of learning and appreciation for God’s hand in all we do.

Highlights Include

  • Reading, Writing & Literature:
    • A Classical literature focus on studying A.A. Milne’s literary classic (and children’s favorite), Winnie the Pooh
    • The Writing Road to Reading© literacy program is introduced
    • Students expand their phonetic awareness and segmentation in preparation for beginning to read (many children learn to read before completing academic kindergarten)
    • The student notebook is expanded and built upon as a tool for scholarship
  • Science:
    • Unit about mammals and reptiles, with a trip to ZooAmerica in Hershey, PA
    • Exciting look at the five senses
    • Solar system
  • Bible/Character:
    • Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5)
    • God’s Principle of Individuality
    • Examination of internal vs. external character traits
  • Technology is brought directly into the classroom curriculum
  • Key field studies include trips to Zoo America, The North Museum, Long’s Park, Lancaster County Park, Kitchen Kettle Village, and Cherry Hill Orchard


  • Class Size: 24
  • Number of Classes: 1
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 12:1
  • Before/After School: Programs 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 Kindergarten classroom is large, 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: $5,886 for 3-day Kindergarten
  • Financial Aid Info: Tuition Assistance is available. Call John Riddell at 717-285-2000 for details.
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Supplemental 5-Day Kindergarten Program: Base 3-Day All Day Program + 2 Full Enrichment Days

In addition to the curriculum of the 3-day program mentioned above, parents may supplement their child’s learning by enrolling them in our 2 day/week I.D.E.A.! program to create a 5 full-day Kindergarten schedule.

Standing for Inspire, Discover, Explore, Achieve, I.D.E.A.! is Dayspring Christian Academy’s supplemental Kindergarten for 5- and 6-year-olds. This optional 4th and 5th day of learning-enriched Kindergarten takes place in a hands-on environment and is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Having the class size capped at 17 means there’s more 1:1 time for your child with the teacher (Dr. Shelly Hilton).

Highlights Include

The guide behind the I.D.E.A supplemental Kindergarten program encompasses the following attributes:


  • Community-style learning where children are able to share their ideas while also learning to listen to their neighbor.
  • Dedicated time where students can seek to apply biblical principles from direct Bible reading to their lives.
  • Planned brain breaks throughout the day to allow student to refresh their emotional and intellectual think tanks.


  • To expand the student’s knowledge in the areas of science and history and put into practice all they have learned through the use of STEM, collaborative group projects, history character studies, as well as other creative avenues.


  • Getting an opportunity to explore their God-given creative abilities through art, drama, and music.
  • Learning how to be good stewards of the world God has given us by exploring and learning about our National Parks as Jr. Rangers.


  • To allow students to capitalize on language, spelling, and math skills already learned and to further their individual abilities in these foundational skills.

I.D.E.A! Program Details:

  • Class Size: 17
  • Number of Classes: 1
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 17:1
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Why Dayspring?

What sets Dayspring apart from other Lancaster County preschools? Those who have come through Dayspring Christian Academy acknowledge that it is different than other Christian schools. This difference can be clearly seen in the way we educate our students. Even in the early years, students are taught to view each subject through the lens of God’s Word. This enables them to see, hear, and understand how God is present in every area of life. Emphasis is placed on character development, teaching children the concept of self-government (self-control) and the liberty that comes as a result of it.

The goal of a Dayspring education is to equip students as faith-filled, biblical thinkers who pursue Christian character, communicate confidently, innovate purposefully, and live courageously as tomorrow’s leaders.


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 February 2022. Check back for more 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.
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