Johnstown Christian School

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Johnstown Christian School
(Holsopple, PA)
Address
125 Christian School Rd
Holsopple, PA 15935
United States
Information
Type Christian School
Motto Telling the next generation about the Lord.
Established 1944
President John Huston, Board of Directors
Administrator Dr. Kathy Keafer
Principal Margaret Adkins, Dean of Students; Cathy Spory, Elementary Principal
Faculty 31
Grades PK-12
Color(s) Blue and white
Mascot Blue jay
Accreditation ACSI and Middle States Association of College and Schools
Yearbook Mem-O-Re
Affiliation Christian
Phone 814-288-2588
Website

Johnstown Christian School is a private Christian school in Hollsopple, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1944 by a group of Mennonite families who were concerned about the spiritual growth and development of their children. The school was reorganized in 1973 as the Johnstown Christian School to better reflect the broader Christian community of the Johnstown area that was being served. The school serves children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Mission[edit]

Johnstown Christian School provides Christian families with a Christ-centered education which prepares their children spiritually, academically, and socially to live for the glory of God.

Students will be prepared spiritually in their commitment to Christ and their development of a Christian world and life view, academically with a quality curriculum, and socially through the development of Godly character traits. [1]

Statement of faith[edit]

  • There is one God, eternally existing in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
  • The Holy Scriptures are verbally inspired by God and are our only infallible rule of faith and practice. (John 1:1)
  • Jesus Christ died, shedding His blood for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead, thereby breaking the bonds of death and assuring us of eternal life. (I Corinthians 15:14-18)
  • Jesus Christ will return visibly and bodily with power and great glory. (I Thessalonians 4:16)
  • Man is by nature and practice a sinner separated from God and can become God's child only by personal faith in Jesus Christ, and as a result, live in submission to God's will as revealed in the Scriptures. (Romans 3:22-24)
  • Those who are thus born into God's family have eternal life (John 3:16) and those who are not remain in spiritual death and will be separated from God forever in hell. (II Thessalonians 1:7-9)
  • The Holy Spirit lives in the believer, enabling him to walk in purity of life and submission to the will of God. (Romans 8:13-14)
  • The believer, in response to his faith in and commitment to Christ, is an active part of the local Body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:1-16

Campus[edit]

The Holsopple campus is located in the Davidsville-Holsopple area of Somerset County, about two miles from Conemaugh Township High School. The school facilities include:

  • two parking lots
  • one soccer field
  • two playgrounds
  • one gymnasium (also serving as the auditorium)
  • one library
  • one computer lab
  • individual classrooms for all the students from kindergarten through 12th grade

One popular campus area is the soccer field and upper parking lot area. Flanked by archaic trees, the rural Soap Hollow neighborhood, and the school gymnasium, the area serves as a location for high school and middle school students to congregate between classes and after school. Annual events are often held in this area, including Senior Soccer Night and the annual JCS Arts and Crafts Festival.

The school has just completed majors renovations that upgraded the elementary buildings, the high school, library, and athletic facilities. The school is holding a fund-raising drive titled "Legacy for His Kingdom" to provide the monies needed for these renovations.

Student body[edit]

The school's student body and faculty represent various Christian denominations, though the vast majority are Protestant. As a private school, JCS draws students from a wide geographic area, though most teachers and students reside in the Greater Johnstown area.

Johnstown Christian School accommodates about 300 students. The school is subdivided into three schools: elementary school (kindergarten through fifth grade), middle school (sixth through eighth grade), and high school (ninth through twelfth grade). The ratio of students to faculty at the school is about 6:1.

Administration[edit]

At the head of Johnstown Christian School administration is the Johnstown Christian School Board of Directors, a nine-member board chosen to oversee the daily operations of the school system.

Academics[edit]

A Christian worldview is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Bible class and weekly chapel attendance are required for all students. Instruction is held in all academic areas and is college preparatory in focus. The school year for students extends from the first week of September to the first week of June, for a total of 180 school or education days.

High school is structured into eight periods of 42-minute classes, with a 25-minute lunch period. Physical education is a required course for all students (with classes being combined with girls and boys). Advanced Placement level courses are offered formally in five subjects.

Curriculum choices are guided by Pennsylvania State Standards for high school graduation.

At JCS, over 95% of all graduates obtain higher education within the first three years after graduation.

Discovery Center[edit]

The Discovery Center helps students overcome academic difficulties which may be due to learning differences, with the ultimate goal being to help them reach their highest potential and be more fully prepared to realize God’s purposes for them. Johnstown Christian School believes that each child has a unique role in God's plan, and is a special individual created and loved by God. “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me: your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8 [2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Johnstown Christian School provides extracurricular activities to develop individual student interest and abilities. Students can participate in one or more of the following:

Music and drama[edit]

  • Concert band
  • Tour choir- tours all across the east
  • Bell choir
  • Chorale
  • Vocal ensembles
  • PMEA district, regional, and state choirs
  • Praise and worship team
  • Drama

Art[edit]

  • Art classes

Student government[edit]

  • Class government- president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer
  • Banquet committees

Publications[edit]

  • Yearbook
  • Journalism
  • Yearbook advertising
  • School website

Student-organized clubs[edit]

  • Small study and Bible study groups

Association of Christian Schools International[edit]

JCS is also a standing member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This allows students the opportunities to participate in numerous academic activities including:

  • Spelling Bees
  • Math Olympics
  • Science Fairs
  • Speech Meets

Drama[edit]

Although JCS does not have a drama class, school thespians and musicians work on plays and musicals performed at the end of each year. Musicals and plays alternate, with musicals one year and plays the next.

The JCS drama team has been performing for more than 10 years. Past performances have included the following:

  • 1996 The Case of the Mysterious Benefactor
  • 1997 Every Little Crook and Nanny
  • 1998 You Can’t Stamp Out Love
  • 1999 Papa was a Preacher
  • 2000 Our Miss Brooks
  • 2001 One Foot in Heaven
  • 2002 Godspell
  • 2003 Hi-Tops
  • 2004 Cotton Patch Gospel
  • 2005 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • 2006 The Miracle Worker
  • 2007 God’s Favorite
  • 2008 Pollyanna
  • 2009 The Importance of Being Ernest
  • 2010 Arsenic and Old Lace
  • 2011
  • 2012 Smoke on the Mountain
  • 2013 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • 2014 Annie
  • 2015 Peter Pan
  • 2016 Aladdin
  • 2017 Godspell

Arts and Crafts festival[edit]

Every May the Arts and Crafts Festival is conducted by students from all class levels. The festival serves as a fundraising opportunity for each class. Included at this event are food, craft, and art booths; a silent auction; and the annual 5k run. This event is a major fundraising event for both individual classes as well as the school as a whole. It is also an opportunity for the people of the community to see a glimpse of the school, the students, and faculty.

Intramural banquets[edit]

Each year two banquets are held for high school students: the annual Christmas Banquet and the Junior-Senior banquet, which replaces the traditional prom held in most high schools. A Homecoming dance is also held in October.

Missions trip[edit]

Each year, students in their local youth groups participate in a summer missions trip to evangelize the unreached people of those areas.

Spiritual retreat[edit]

Every year, the high school invites Christian speakers and missionaries from around the country for a half-week visit at the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. During the retreat, students participate in a variety of activities including worship sessions, games, and social interaction.

Athletics[edit]

Johnstown Christian School offers three main sports. Men have the option of basketball and soccer on the junior high and varsity levels. Women have the option of basketball and soccer on the same levels. JCS offers softball, track, and football through a co-op with Shade. Cross country has become a successful program.

JCS was a long-time member of the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association (ACAA), taking home men's and women's titles for both soccer and basketball.

Since 2005, JCS has been a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), and schedules most competitions against local public schools. JCS is now eligible to participate in district, regional, and state level competitions.

JCS still holds the tradition of attending the annual Erie Christian School Invitational in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Coordinates: 40°14′58″N 78°57′09″W / 40.24934°N 78.95251°W / 40.24934; -78.95251