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Private schools in Cumberland County

Private schools in Cumberland County

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A mother duck and her ducklings leave Saint Patrick School in April on their way to a swamp area near the school.

Here are private schools in Cumberland County.

Carlisle Christian Academy

Address: 1412 Holly Pike, Carlisle

About: Carlisle Christian Academy is a private K-12 school that has been serving the community since 1981.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 100

Administrators: Christine Tiday, director of academics and James S. Koser, administrator

Staff: 19 faculty and support staff members and administrators.


Tuition rates: $4,568 for grades K-8 and $5,217 for grades 9-12.

Scholarship opportunities: Financial aid opportunities are available for those who need assistance.

Special programs: Opportunities are available in the fine arts, including a spring drama and visual arts electives. Students may also participate in athletics, such as basketball and running club. Before and after-school care is available.

The Christian School of Grace Baptist Church

Address: 777 West North Street, Carlisle

About: The Christian School of Grace Baptist Church serves students in kindergarten through eighth grades. The school says it strives to assist Christian parents with the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and creative development of their children.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 93 students from Pre-K through Grade 8

Administrators: Gene Drummond, headmaster.

Staff: 14 faculty, staff members and administrators.


Tuition rates: $4,055 for half-day kindergarten; $5,110 for students in grades 1-8

Scholarship opportunities: Limited tuition grants are available.

Special programs: The Christian School offers soccer and basketball programs. New to the program this year is pre-K for 4-year-olds.

Good Shepherd Catholic School

Address: 3400 Market St., Camp Hill

About: Good Shepherd School serves students in grades kindergarten through eight. Its mission is to provide every student with a quality, Catholic, faith-filled education while maximizing the potential of all its students spiritually, academically and socially. Good Shepherd School is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Elementary Schools.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 263

Administrators: Stephen M. Fry, principal

Staff: 33 faculty and support staff members and administrators.


Tuition rates: $4,875 (Catholic student)/$6,275 (non-Catholic student) for pre-K full-day; $3,575 (Catholic student)/$4,575 (non-Catholic student) for pre-K short day; $4,775 (Catholic student)/$6,275 (non-Catholic student) for full-day kindergarten; $4,275 (Catholic student)/$6,275 (non-Catholic student) for grades 1-8. (2016-2017 school year)

Scholarship opportunities: Call 737-7261 for information regarding scholarships. New to the school is a scholarship for students transferring into Good Shepherd in grades 1-8.

Special programs: The school offers extensive extracurricular activities, including drama, Quiz Bowl teams, Girls on the Run, Math 24 Challenge, Math Counts, choir, yearbook, student council and enrichment clubs. Good Shepherd students participate in football, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and field through the parish sports program.

Harrisburg Academy

Address: 10 Erford Road, Wormleysburg

About: Established in 1784, Harrisburg Academy is the 17th oldest non-public school in the nation and Harrisburg’s only independent school.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 400

Administrators: Jim Newman, head of school; John Binnert, head of middle and upper school; Kevin Muirhead, head of early childhood/lower school.

Staff: 105 faculty (including part-time), support staff members and administrators


Tuition rates: Information is available from the admissions office.

Scholarship opportunities: $1.2 million in merit- and need-based financial aid is available. The International Baccalaureate Scholarship for Summer Study is available to new and returning full IB Diploma students.

Special programs: Harrisburg Academy’s liberal arts education offers hands-on lab science starting in kindergarten, designed to increase understanding and interest in scientific concepts. Music education begins in junior kindergarten with strings instruction, with classroom music involvement continuing through 4th grade. In upper school, students have the opportunity to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, the capstone to a globally minded education at Harrisburg Academy.

Heritage Christian Academy

Address: 4681 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg

About: HCA offers college-preparatory education for students in preschool through grade 12. The academy is a ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church. HCA has provided Christian education to young people from the capital area for more than 40 years.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 50

Administrators: Johnny Walker, administrator.

Staff: 8 faculty members


Tuition rates: Available at the school office.

Special programs: The school offers extracurricular activities such as girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer, basketball, drama, music, school/class trips, fine arts competition, academic competition and art classes.

Saint Joseph School

Address: 420 E. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg

About: Saint Joseph School serves preschool through eighth-grade students. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a faith-based educational community dedicated to helping children develop spiritually, intellectually and physically so they meet the challenges in their lives — applying Gospel values in an ever-changing society.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 39 students in pre-school and 351 students in grades K-8

Administrators: Rebecca Bamberger, principal; Mary Earnest, assistant principal; The Rev. Thomas J. Rozman, pastor

Staff: 52 faculty and support staff members.


Tuition Information for 2016/2017: $4,325 (Catholic student), $6,525 (Nonparisoners)

Scholarship opportunities: Saint Joseph School has a tuition assistance program.

Special programs: Saint Joseph School has an extended-day program, enrichment clubs, Columbian Squires/Squirettes programs, a school garden, a strings program, choir and band programs and MATHCOUNTS. Saint Joseph School was nominated in 2015 for the federal Blue Ribbon Award offered through the U.S. Department of Education. Winners will be selected at the end of September. The school’s athletic teams include programs in basketball, soccer, track, volleyball and cheerleading. The Saint Joseph School also shares a football program with the Good Shepherd School.

Saint Patrick School

Address: 87 Marsh Drive, Carlisle

About: The Mission of Saint Patrick School is to provide every student with an education of the highest academic excellence while integrating into that education the teachings of the Catholic church. The school ministers to the child by cultivating the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, creative and physical development of its students. It is committed to helping all students form solid spiritual values and healthy relationships with others. Saint Patrick School was identified as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2007.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 300 students in preschool through eighth grade

Administrator: Ricman Fly, principal.

Staff: 45 full-time, part-time faculty and staff


Tuition rates: $3,650 (parishioner)/5,050 (non-parishioner)

Scholarship opportunities: Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Special programs: Once per week throughout the school year, students in grades K-8 take foreign language, computer lab, art, music, library and gym classes. Smart boards and computers are in every classroom. Saint Patrick School also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities in academics, athletics and the arts. Two- and three-day pre-kindergarten programs are now available in addition to the five-day program.

Saint Theresa School

Address: 1200 Bridge Street, New Cumberland

About: Saint Theresa School serves students from preschool through eighth grade. Saint Theresa School is committed to providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment dedicated to the whole child: mind, body and spirit. We are grounded by the experiences of the past as we strive to prepare our students for the rapidly changing future.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 380

Administrators: Matthew Shore, principal; the Rev. J. Michael McFadden, pastor of Saint Theresa Parish

Staff: 24 full-time and five part-time faculty


Tuition rates: $1,500 preschool for 3-year-olds; $1,600 preschool for 4-year-olds; $4,400 grades K-8 (for students who are members of supporting Catholic parishes); $5,200 for non-Catholic students. Scholarships are offered to those who qualify.

Scholarship opportunities: Financial assistance is available from The Neumann, Bridge and Jump Street Foundations and EITC (Educational Improvement Tax Credit). The school also offers its own Saint Theresa School/Parish aid for members of the parish.

Special programs: Saint Theresa School offers full-day kindergarten sessions and a Little Saints Academy daycare for those students enrolled in the preschool or kindergarten programs. Before- and after-school programs are also available for students in grades 1-8.

Trinity High School

Address: 3601 Simpson Ferry Road, Camp Hill

About: The mission of Trinity High School is to develop habits of mind, body and spirit, rooted in the Catholic tradition, so as to attain the highest good. The school provides a transformational learning experience that inspires values that will provide a moral compass through life, cognitive and life skills they need to compete vocationally and become responsible citizens in the global village and create a love of learning.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 530

Administrators: John Cominsky, principal; Eileen Poplaski, director of academics; Rich Gagliano, director of students; Scott Root, campus minister; Sister Susan Kuk, director of student activities; Gary Bricker, director of athletics.

Staff: 64 faculty, administrative and support staff


Tuition: $7,250 (parishioner)/$8,900 (non-parishioner)

Scholarship opportunities: Need-based assistance is available.

West Shore Christian Academy

Address: 201 West Main Street, Shiremanstown

About: West Shore Christian Academy mission is to partner with families to develop, nurture, and equip students to positively influence the world for Christ. The academy serves students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades.

Projected Enrollment (2016-2017): 375

Administrators: Joseph Diminick, upper school principal; Christine Moser lower school principal; Jen Cornetto, athletic director

Staff: 50 faculty, support staff and administrators


Tuition rates: $1,550 for two-day pre-K; $1,970 for three-day pre-K; $5,990 for grades K-5; $6,595 for grades 6-8; $6,750 for grades 9-12.

Scholarship opportunities: Need-based financial aid is available.

Special programs: The school offers AP courses in biology, calculus, English literature, English language, European history, psychology and U.S. history. The school offers dual enrollment courses through Messiah College in the fall and spring. Dual credit is offered for the following AP courses: calculus, psychology, U. S. history, European history and Western civilization.

Extracurricular activities: Boys’ soccer, cross country, track, basketball and baseball; girls’ soccer, cross country, track, basketball and volleyball.


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