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Bold. Distinctive. Biblical.
A Principle-Approach K-12 Christian School in Lancaster County, PA

Upper School

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

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.

Upper School highlights include:

  • Classical languages include Greek and Latin.
  • Classical literature includes British and American classics from Beowulf to Ben Hur, with an
    annual study in Shakespeare.
  • Students study science through courses including: Biology, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry,
    and Physics.
  • Our students study the ancient disciplines of logic (“the art of thinking”) and rhetoric (“the
    art of speaking”) (Webster’s 1828).
  • STEM is the science focus for grades 8, 10 and 12.
  • In-depth field studies in upper school include overnight trips to Gettysburg, PA; the
    Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Creation Museum to examine evolution and
    scientific evidence for creation. Students study rudiments of American history in studies to
    Boston, Plymouth, MA, and Washington, D.C.
  • Students take Exegesis to better understand and interpret the original languages of the Bible.
  • Students are given the opportunity to build their college transcript while completing High School through our dual credit program.
  • Juniors participate in an apprenticeship career program.
  • Seniors write and defend their senior thesis.
  • Senior year is culminated with a 10-day study in Israel.
  • AP classes include: AP Psychology, AP US History, AP English Composition,
    AP English Literature, AP Physics, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus.
  • Dayspring students consistently rank well above national SAT averages.
  • Students may participate in art classes from Introduction to Art to Art Studio.
  • Music options include middle school and high school choirs, music theory, as well as Honors
    Choir (auditioned). Students may join instrumental ensembles and take music electives.
  • Athletics include soccer, lacrosse, golf, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and more. High School students may also participate in any sport at McCaskey High School through our partnership with the school.
  • Electives and clubs include worship team, pinewood derby, music-based clubs such as strings and ukulele, history, current events, science clubs, games, cooking, newspaper, yearbook, student government, and so much more!