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Middle School

Dayspring Christian Academy’s Middle School in Lancaster, PA is for students in grades 6-8.

Fast Facts About Middle School

✓ Who: 6th-8th 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

Junior High Classroom

The middle school experience at Dayspring Christian Academy is an exciting one with excellent academics and the opportunity to create friendships that will last a lifetime!

We recognize that middle school students are beginning to ask questions—big questions—about the world in which they live and their part in it.

Middle school students want to know that they are not alone. So, the middle school years (grades 6-8) at Dayspring Christian Academy in Lancaster, PA are focused on student engagement. We want students to know that their education is their property— a part of them that they will take with them for the rest of their lives. Since we view and teach education as an avenue to know God Himself, a student’s educational journey exists to find his or her place of effectiveness in God’s Kingdom. This makes education so exciting!

The Principle Approach is our method of education. Through the Principle Approach, students are able to see God’s hand in every subject and every area of life. With God’s word at the center of all learning, students are able to reason through their subject matter to reach Biblical conclusions.

We recognize that middle school students are beginning to ask questions—big questions—about the world in which they live and their part in it.Middle school students also want to know that they are not alone. So, the middle school years at Dayspring Christian Academy are focused on student engagement. We want students to know that their education is their property— a part of them that they will take with them for the rest of their lives. Since we view and teach education as an avenue to know God Himself, a student’s educational journey exists to find his or her place of effectiveness in God’s Kingdom. This makes education so exciting!

In middle school, students begin to have a variety of subjects and teachers, all the while needing the stability and structure that provide a foundation to everyday learning experiences. To accommodate this transition, 6th-grade teachers often use similar classroom routines and procedures so that middle school students are not overwhelmed with many, many new practices to learn.

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Curriculum for Middle School

Middle School Math: Figuring Interactive Lessons

Since most middle school students seek social interaction with their peers, Dayspring’s teachers design collaborative projects and other hybrid learning activities that channel students’ energy, capture their attention, and enable subject mastery.

For instance, math teachers have students read, discuss, then present findings of a non-fiction article relating to a biblical view of math. Another collaborative math project has students working together to create math equations that result in the date–one for every school day of every school month of the year! Another has students “open” a checking account then keep accurate records for purchases, all the while practicing accurate accounting through real-life addition and subtraction.

This is, of course, in addition to the traditional math lessons expected in middle school. Because Dayspring offers a handcrafted education, students’ are placed in math courses according to tested aptitudes.

Middle School Students Learn God’s Hand in History

Middle School Field Trip to the State Capitol in Harrisburg PA

Dayspring students stand on the steps in the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA.

What does a middle school Principle Approach history class look like? At Dayspring, in a recent 8th-grade history class, for example, two students suggested that the class debate the role of the Christian, the church, and government! How do they act separately? How should these roles act in an integrated fashion with a society that is not all Christian? Students crafted questions to consider these complex issues that are applicable to the world in which they live. They discussed responsibilities of the government, but also of the governed. One of those responsibilities that went into immediate action is prayer. The class prays for our congressmen, the president, and for laws that are just and uphold righteousness.

Literature Comes Alive in Middle School

In Literature, students delve into reading and are challenged with assignments that include searches in God’s word, looking for beneficial character traits in literary characters that can be emulated, and writing their own devotional lines. Hands-on activities as opposed to desk work are incorporated to allow for collaborative skills to grow, social relationships to be forged, and challenge students to take a look at the subject matter from a different angle. All of these varying learning opportunities aid in the mastery of material being covered.

Spiritual Formation in Middle School

Middle school is a key time in a child’s spiritual formation. To that end, during weekly chapel time, students gather in small groups by grade and gender, and each group has a mentor who engages with students in discussion and prayer about the topic at hand. This provides opportunities for spiritual community as well as simple friendship and understanding, where walls begin to tumble down. Additionally, an annual retreat brings students together for a two-day experience that includes outside speakers, times of deep prayer—and fun with friends on adventure courses and more!

Further, with God at the center of every subject at Dayspring, a biblical foundation is forged and spiritual formation takes shape as a biblical worldview is cultivated and faith is inspired throughout the academic experience.

Taking the Field: In-Depth Learning in Middle School

Science and History Field Trip in Middle School

Middle School field trip to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky.

Scripture says, “Come and see the works of the Lord,” (Ps. 66.5). In grades 6-8, teachers prepare students to experience in-depth learning in exciting and rich field studies. Sixth-grade students camp and investigate Gettysburg and share biographical reports each has written about a Very Important Person (VIP) in the battle; 7th grade travels to the Museum of Natural History in Philadelphia for their Ancient History course and the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter for science; 8th grade heads to the Harrisburg Capitol and State museum as well as Lancaster’s Guilty Pleas Court for their Pennsylvania History and Civics class.

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Dayspring’s middle school students are able to participate in a variety of sports and extra-curricular activities. Fall sports include boy’s soccer and girls volleyball. Winter is basketball season for both girls and boys. Spring brings track & field. Additionally, middle school students are able to participate in clubs and extra-curricular activities including our spring musical, student government, yearbook, STEM-related clubs, music-related clubs, and much more.

The middle school experience at Dayspring Christian Academy is an exciting one with excellent academics and the opportunity to create friendships that can last a lifetime.

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Middle 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: $11,921 for Grades 6-8
  • 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 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 Middle School Teachers

Mrs. Angela Adams

Brian Fleetman is an upper school art teacher

Mr. Brian Fleetman

Mrs. Kim Gainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Randy Gehman

Mr. Randy Hilton

Mr. David Landon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Caleb Onasch

Ms. Lindsey Stauffer

Ms. Mary Stauffer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Matthew Valverde

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