EXCEPTIONAL CHRIST-CENTERED EDUCATION

Though our physical campus is closed, our admissions team is working remotely and happy to communicate with prospective families about the difference Christ-centered education can make in the life of their family. Please complete the brief inquiry form, and someone will be in touch with you right away to answer your questions. You can also email Jill Sunday at [email protected]

One of the best ways to stay connected to our school communities during this time of separation is through Facebook.

Harrisburg Christian School employs distance learning to keep students on track

Quote about excellence in online educationWhen statewide school closures became a reality of the Covid-19 pandemic, Harrisburg Christian School mobilized teachers, educational resources, and technology platforms to nimbly jump from in-classroom learning to distance learning in just a matter of days.

Living out our mission to partner with families in their children’s Christ-centered education, HCS and WSCA educators quickly equipped families with grade-appropriate resources to allow students to learn at home while teachers instruct virtually and maintain personal contact with their students through videos, chat sessions, and online office hours.

Our vision to “prepare students to impact the world for Christ” remains clearly in focus. Though our educational delivery has needed to change and adapt, teachers are still personally invested in the spiritual lives of their students. Through creative uses of technology, students are also broadening their understanding of how they can impact the world for Christ during this time of social distancing.

Our ability to respond to the challenges of unexpected, extended school closures is representative of our commitment to excellence, our teachers’ dedication to their students and vocation; our families’ investment in their children’s education; and our shared belief that God is the source of our “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”

Frequently Asked Questions

No. We still expect to finish May 22. Individual teachers may be in touch with you and your student about how they are handling various tests and projects in light of the extended closure.

It’s important to look at a child’s cumulative academic performance across all four marking periods and not just this final quarter. Because of the excellent distance education our teachers are providing in partnership with parents, we are confident that students will obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to the next grade. Parents should consult with their child’s teacher(s) about any specific concerns they have about whether their student will be ready to advance to the next grade.

Questions naturally arise about effectively assessing students during a marking period complicated by online instruction. While our distance learning plan continues to focus on essential content to prepare students for grade advancement, we feel temporary adjustments to our grading system will be most reasonable under these unprecedented circumstances for teachers, parents, and students. 

Elementary: All classes, including specials, will be graded on a Pass(P)/Fail (F) basis for the 4th marking period. Whether a student passes or fails the 4th marking period, a student’s FINAL CLASS GRADE (year end) will be calculated as the average of the first three marking periods. If a class/category of assessment (i.e. conduct) was not continued through online instruction, a student will see an “E” (Exempted) on their report card for that course. Parents can still track their student’s percentage grade via RenWeb, but as noted above, a 65% or above will receive a P and a 64% or below will receive a F for the 4th marking period.

Middle School and High School:

For all classes, including specials/electives that were added to our distance learning plan, middle and high school grades will continue to be calculated as outlined in our Student-Parent Handbook (see pg. 26-27), with two modifications. In an attempt to balance our academic standards with the unforeseen nature of our present circumstances, (1) MS/HS Final Exams will be cancelled and (2) no middle or high school student will receive less than a 50% for their 4th marking period grade. If a class was not continued through online instruction, a student will see an “E” (Exempted) on their report card for the fourth marking period and a final grade will be calculated using the existing grades from the first three marking periods in that course. 

Parents and students still have the ability to track grades via RenWeb. In MS/HS courses especially, additional layers of complexity in calculating grades (i.e. weighting), can raise questions.  Please do not hesitate to contact your principal or guidance counselor to discuss a student’s grade calculation. 

As result of schools being closed through the remainder of the academic year, the following activities have been cancelled:

  • Spring athletics
  • Spring concerts
  • Final exams for middle and high schoolers
  • Field trips
  • MS/HS Day of Service
  • Musical productions

We hope to hold the following events at either a later date or in a different format. Stay tuned for further details.

  • Kindergarten graduation
  • Academic awards assembly
  • WSCA Prom (currently rescheduled for Thursday, May 21)

We are awaiting additional guidance from government officials before we decide about when and how to allow students back on campus to collect their belongings and return textbooks, library books, and other school materials. We will communicate a plan as soon as we are able. Until further guidance is given, our buildings remain closed in accordance with the Governor’s orders.

As we plan the return of textbooks and commencement, we continue to be mindful of how important it is for students to bring closure to Academic Year 2019-2020. We intend to create these opportunities for closure, but we are still uncertain of what the future directives and guidance will be regarding schools and large group gatherings. We will continue to communicate with students and parents regarding end-of-the-year details as the situation becomes clearer.

We are cancelling final exams. RenWeb will automatically calculate a student’s final grade in a course using the existing grades from the other marking periods and student’s midterm exam grades (high school only). Students can speak with their teachers if they have specific concerns regarding final exams.   As a result the cancellation of finals, course instruction will continue through May 22, 2020.

The College Board has announced a truncated exam (now 45 minutes) that will be administered online at home. Principals have been in contact with AP teachers and students regarding their exam’s updated format and other administrative details.

We will not be administering the annual Terra Nova Assessment in the 19-20 school year. We will continue to assess student achievement in a wide range of ways to ensure that students are meeting prescribed standards for their grade level.

As result of schools being closed through the remainder of the academic year, the PIAA has cancelled the spring sports season. We acknowledge that many students—and especially our seniors—are deeply disappointed by the cancellation of the spring sports season. We will certainly be supportive of celebratory gatherings for teams should those opportunities be permitted in the near future. We are so thankful for our coaches continuing to support their student-athletes through this difficult time.

We certainly want to celebrate the graduating class of 2020 at the scheduled graduation ceremonies on May 30th, but we must be mindful of state and national guidelines regarding safe gatherings. If we need to postpone and reschedule the Commencement ceremonies, we will communicate that change with seniors and their families immediately.

As result of schools being closed through the remainder of the academic year, the musical productions have been cancelled. It is hard to express the acute disappointment we feel for the talented students and musicians who devoted countless hours of practice for their musical performances this spring. A separate email is forthcoming to the cast, crew, and ticketholders to give more clarity regarding the cancelled performances of The Sound of Music (HCS) and Beauty and the Beast (WSCA). WSCA and HCS’s musical leadership teams are standing by to plan smaller events that will bring closure to their shows while celebrating the hard work of the cast, crew, and production team. 

As of now, the concerts are still on the schedule but they are subject to two main factors: 1) Whether students return to in-classroom learning in time to learn the music in time for a performance; and 2) Whether there are restrictions on group gatherings at the time of the concerts. 

The Harrisburg Christian School trip to the Dominican Republic has been rescheduled for July 6-11, 2020. The WSCA Senior Trip and cultural trip to Costa Rica are still under consideration and will largely be determined by directives from the hosting locations and travel agencies. 

We are working with local venues to reschedule the HCS prom.

As a result of restrictions of group gatherings of 10 or more and for the safety of the CSAGH community and our community at-large, the Day of Service as scheduled will be canceled.  CSAGH is currently planning an “at-home” Day of Service for our students to serve their families or a neighbor. Those dates will be communicated in the near future.

As a result of CDC restrictions against group gatherings of 10 or more and for the safety of our staff and prospective students and families, the March Open House at WSCA was cancelled. Our April Open Houses (April 18 at HCS and April 30 at WSCA) remain scheduled as planned. Whether these events will be on campus or online via Zoom will depend on whether school closures are extended and/or restrictions on gatherings are in place.  
 
Our admissions team—Mary Beth Gilge at WSCA and Jill Sunday at HCS—are continuing to provide educational consultations with prospective families through email, phone calls, and Zoom. We encourage you to continue directing your family and friends to reach out to them to learn more about exceptional Christ-centered education at our CSAGH schools.

As a result of CDC restrictions against group gatherings of 10 or more, we cancelled the CSAGH Celebrates – Fundraising Dinner, Student Showcase, and Live Auction scheduled for Saturday, April 25.   We will be in touch in the near future with a more formalized plan for the auction items we have secured and, perhaps, revised purposes for the monies we need to raise.

If your child has a balance on their lunch account, the money will be applied as a payment to your tuition balance. If you do not have a tuition balance, the amount of money in the lunch account will be sent to you in a check.

We anticipate that some families within our school communities are experiencing financial hardship as result of the widespread closures and disruptions to business. Our core value of “community” expresses that we care for one another, and one way CSAGH believes it can alleviate stress for families during this time is to suspend late fees on all FACTS accounts and honor 20/21 enrollment spots if a family is unable to pay their continuous enrollment fee by April 30. If the Coronavirus has created extenuating financial hardships that directly impact your child’s Christian school education, please reach out at [email protected]. That email will go directly to Superintendent Phil Puleo who will work with the appropriate people to determine how we might help.  All other normal financial account questions, including status of or questions related to financial aid, should be directed to the CSAGH Business Office.