Lancaster Mennonite School

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Lancaster Mennonite School
Lancaster Mennonite School Logo.png
Location
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
United States
Coordinates 40°01′39″N 76°13′23″W / 40.027483°N 76.223145°W / 40.027483; -76.223145Coordinates: 40°01′39″N 76°13′23″W / 40.027483°N 76.223145°W / 40.027483; -76.223145
Information
Funding type Private school
Religious affiliation(s) Mennonite
Established 1942
Superintendent J. Richard Thomas
Enrollment approximately 1,400
Color(s) Black and Gold
Athletics 16 Interscholastic Sports
Athletics conference Lancaster-Lebanon League
Mascot Blazers
Website

Lancaster Mennonite School is a private Christian school with four campuses in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and one in Hershey, Dauphin County. The Lancaster Campus, east of the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, serves students in grades six through twelve. The high school on the Lancaster Campus is known as Lancaster Mennonite High School. The nearby Locust Grove Campus provides pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. To the southwest of Lancaster city, the New Danville Campus offers pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. In northwest Lancaster County, the Kraybill Campus has students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The Hershey Campus, in Hummelstown, offers kindergarten through high school. Altogether, the school had a total enrollment of approximately 1,600 students at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

History[edit]

Lancaster Mennonite School is now composed of five campuses, originally founded as separate schools.

Locust Grove Mennonite School was founded 1939, and New Danville Mennonite School in 1940, to offer grades one through eight. The Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church began the development of a Christian high school, Lancaster Mennonite School, on the site of the former Yeates School in 1942. To better serve families in northwest Lancaster County, Lancaster Mennonite School then helped to start Kraybill Mennonite School in 1949, which originally provided first through tenth grade.

Although each school was founded independently, the schools shared a common mission, values, and constituency, and eventually decided to work together as a comprehensive PreK-12 system under the name of Lancaster Mennonite School. New Danville merged with Lancaster in 2001, followed by Locust Grove in 2003 and Kraybill in 2006. Hershey Christian School was acquired in February, 2015.


Key dates[edit]

1939
Locust Grove Mennonite School (now Locust Grove Campus) founded
1940
New Danville Mennonite School (now New Danville Campus) founded
1942
Lancaster Mennonite School founded
1949
Kraybill Mennonite School (now Kraybill Campus) founded in the Kraybill Meetinghouse with grades 1-10 in cooperation with Lancaster Mennonite School
1965
LMS builds a junior high building on the Kraybill campus
1970
Lancaster Mennonite School renamed Lancaster Mennonite High School to emphasize that it offered grades 9-12.
2000-01
Middle school (grades 6-8) started on the Lancaster Campus
2001-02
New Danville Mennonite School merges to form Lancaster Mennonite School, one K-12 school with two campuses
2003-04
Locust Grove Mennonite School (PreK-8) merges with Lancaster Mennonite School and becomes the Locust Grove Campus (now Prek-6)
2006-07
Kraybill Mennonite School (K-8) merges with Lancaster Mennonite School and becomes the Kraybill Campus (PreK-8)
2015
Hershey Christian School (K-12)is acquired

Facilities[edit]

The Lancaster Campus has two residence halls for boarding students that together house about 60 out-of-state and international students attending Lancaster Mennonite High School. Millstream Hall, completed in February, 2015, holds the majority of students, with some choosing the older Graybill Hall.

The G. Parke Book Building, renovated in 2004, is home to specialized agriculture and technology classrooms. The Calvin and Janet High Fine Arts Center contains an 1,168-seat auditorium, music rooms and art rooms.

A two-story building provides classroom space for the middle school on the lower level and the high school on the upper level, along with the Alumni Dining Hall and library.

In 2008, the Rutt Academic Center was added, including classrooms for mathematics, business classes, sciences, and family and consumer sciences. The building also houses a welcome center and administrative offices for the Lancaster Mennonite School system.

For athletics, the Lancaster Campus has two gymnasiums, an artificial-turf soccer and field hockey field and stadium, a lighted baseball stadium, softball diamonds, and tennis courts. The school completed a new eight-lane track and field facility in fall, 2009.


Athletics[edit]

The Lancaster Mennonite High School sports program competes in the Lancaster-Lebanon League (local public school league) and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Hershey Campus high school competes in the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference (CCAC).The Kraybill Campus also offers middle school (grades 6-8) teams in the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference.

The following high school sports are offered by Lancaster Mennonite High School:

Fall
Cross Country for Boys and Girls, Girls Field Hockey, Golf, Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Football through a partnership with Lancaster Catholic High School
Winter
Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Chess Team, Quiz Bowl
Spring
Baseball, Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys Volleyball, Track & Field, Boys Lacrosse


At the elementary level, Lancaster Mennonite School formed the Mennonite Sports Organization[1] as an alternative to community leagues for basketball, soccer and field hockey.


Music[edit]

Lancaster Mennonite High School offers classes such as concert band, jazz band, orchestra and various choral groups. Junior Chorale, Vocal Ensemble, Men's Chorus and Campus Chorale perform concerts at the school and in local congregations. LMH students may also participate in the Lancaster Catholic High School Marching Band.

Through another partnership program, students who desire a special music focus can take classes in Millersville University's Pre-college Music Division. Lancaster Mennonite School provides the residential program and general education courses for students from all over the world who wish to study music at the University. Successfully completed courses are added to the students' high school transcripts.

Chapel services provide another opportunity for students to share musical abilities as they assist in worship. The elementary and middle school music programs also provide many opportunities for vocal and instrumental instruction and performance.

Spiritual life[edit]

Lancaster Mennonite School states that the key to a Christ-centered education is having Christ at the center of all learning and activities, not as an add-on in the curriculum. School literature maintains that spiritual life involves every activity of the school, including student and teacher behavior in and out of the classroom.

While taking a holistic view of spirituality, the school offers many specific and intentional activities to highlight the spiritual dimension of life. Elementary students receive daily Bible instruction using the Journeys with God Bible curriculum and attend a weekly chapel service at their level of understanding. Middle school students generally attend Bible class twice every week, a weekly chapel service, and have extended times for focusing on their relationship with God. All high school students attend daily chapel services and take a theology or Bible class each year. The school provides a Campus Minister and the Lancaster Campus has a committee of students and faculty devoted to cultivating spiritual life on campus. At the same time, the school expects all teachers to integrate a Christian perspective into all subject areas.

According to the school's admissions office, students need not subscribe to a particular creed or doctrinal statement. According to the school's hiring policies, faculty need not attend a Mennonite congregation, but must agree to teach in harmony with the Confession of Faith from a Mennonite Perspective. This document emphasizes a personal relationship with God through Christ, salvation through faith, and a commitment to following Christ's example and teachings. School promotional literature states that following Christ involves having his global perspective and commitment to justice for all people in addition to personal morality.

Academics[edit]

Originally, the promotional literature of the schools that today form Lancaster Mennonite School indicated an objective of academic parity with the best local public schools, but with a spiritual dimension. More recently, promotional literature has stressed "educational excellence."

The school's Guidance Office prepares an annual Academic Profile document that accompanies transcripts sent to colleges. According to this document, the average standardized test scores of Lancaster Mennonite School students are consistently superior to local and state averages for public and church-related schools. On the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the reported scores of Lancaster Mennonite High School students are consistently on a par with the best public schools.

Annually, the school publishes an extensive Curriculum Guide for current and prospective students. According to the 2015-16 Curriculum Guide, numerous courses are offered in many academic disciplines, including 12 Advanced Placement courses and 11 Honors courses. The high school has an agriculture program with an FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) chapter and a number of technology classes such as welding and small engine repair. In addition to formal classes, the Curriculum Guide indicates that high school students can develop advanced practical skills through the web site team, the stage crew, yearbook staff and other opportunities.

The school does not have a selective admissions policy, but accepts a wide cross-section of abilities. The school offers many courses that are vocationally-oriented in business, agriculture, family and consumer science, etc., and provides for students who need learning support.

Publications[edit]

The Millstream is the student newspaper for Lancaster Mennonite High School. The Tributary is the Lancaster Mennonite Middle School newspaper. Silhouette is a student literary magazine that publishes the creative work of students. Laurel Wreath is the yearbook for Lancaster Mennonite High School. The school also publishes Bridges magazine for alumni, school families and others interested in the school.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mennonite Sports Organization
  2. ^ Lady Gaga blends in during visit to Lancaster County – News. LancasterOnline.com (March 28, 2013). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kraybill, Donald B. Passing on the Faith: The Story of a Mennonite School. Good Books, 1991

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