Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Harrisburg Christian School is fully accredited in grades K-12 by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Yes, all full-time teachers are required to be certified by ACSI. Most teachers hold certification in the state where they did their undergraduate studies. At present, approximately 50% of our instructors hold Master's degrees.
Yes, busing is generally provided by the school district in which you reside, and there is no charge for this service. Students coming from Central Dauphin, Derry Township (Hershey), Susquehanna, Hershey, Lower Dauphin, Middletown, East Pennsboro, Harrisburg, Susquenita (Marysville), Northern Lebanon and Steelton/Highspire area school districts are currently among those providing bus services to HCS.
For Middle and High School boys: baseball, basketball, track, and soccer are available. For Middle and High School girls: basketball, track, soccer, and lacrosse are offered. HCS is a member of the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference (CCAC), and our teams compete in a variety of outings in both the conference and non-conference categories. For elementary students, we also offer seasonal skill-building camps (such as soccer and basketball).
Both Christian and general/instructional textbooks are used. All curriculum is approved by our Educational Policies Committee prior to classroom use, as directed by the School Board. It should be noted that Bible is a major daily subject within our K-12 curriculum.
Maximum class sizes: 20 students in kindergarten (one teacher and one aide); 20 students in first and second grades; 22 students in each third, fourth and fifth grade. In Middle and High School, homerooms average 20 students.
HCS uniforms come from the Flynn & O'Hara uniform company. Girls have options of jumpers (elementary), skirts or dress pants and collared cotton or polo shirts, vests and cardigans. Boys have the option of khaki or navy uniform dress pants, collared cotton or polo shirts, vests and cardigans. Uniform shorts may be worn by elementary students (grades K-5) during the months of August, September, and May. Uniforms may be ordered direct from the supplier at www.flynnohara.com. Sneakers are acceptable footwear. Dress code exceptions are made for various field trips and community projects and are announced in advance by the Headmaster. Please refer to the Student Handbook section for additional information about the Dress Code.
In fact, we encourage parental involvement in many ways. Parents are welcome at the school: involvement in our Parent Association and/or a committee, chaperoning field trips, helping in the cafeteria, being a room parent, helping at semi-annual workdays, helping in the office, or by taking home projects such as folding, labeling, and stuffing envelopes.