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Christian School of York
 
CSY is a Pre-K -12th grade college-preparatory private Christian day school located on a 12.5-acre campus in York, Pennsylvania, serving Central PA families.
Established in 1956

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CSY ACADEMICS

Academics

At the Christian School of York, we hold a dual accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International and by the Middle States Association. This makes our campus and curriculum highly recognized by universities and colleges. Our day school programs include:

 

  • EARLY EDUCATION: The CSY Preschool is located at Christian School of York’s central PA campus. Our large, bright classrooms and play yard create a safe, welcoming environment. This allows students to play, learn and have fun. We promise to ensure the wellness of your child while providing a strong learning experience that will set your child up for academic success.

  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (LOWER SCHOOL): Christian School of York is one of the top private elementary schools in central PA. We understand the importance of a strong educational foundation. Our core subjects include language arts, science, social studies, math and the Word of God. This curriculum was designed to help your children’s cognitive and spiritual growth as they transition from our lower school into middle school.

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL: Our middle school features the perfect combination of written and hands-on learning for all modalities. Middle-schoolers continue to study the core subjects as they expand their minds with art, health, music, computer science, Spanish and physical education. We’ll provide your children with a passion for learning and spiritual love that will prepare them for high school and beyond.

  • HIGH SCHOOL (UPPER SCHOOL): High school (Upper School at CSY) students at Christian School of York are provided with a college preparatory academic program. This program offers your child the option of earning college credit while enriching their spiritual lives. Our comprehensive curriculum and passionate teachers give your child a head-start on college.

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All our day programs feature high-quality teaching and a well-rounded curriculum that fulfill the Pennsylvania Learning Standards while accessing biblical truth.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Arts/Humanities: 

Students need a minimum of 2 credits.

Revised:  2/22/19

Art 1 -  Students will concentrate on drawing, painting, clay, three-dimensional sculpture, printmaking, and crafts.  Students must take Art 1 before taking Studio Art.  This is a 1 credit course.

Studio Art -  This is a more advanced elective course for a highly motivated artistic student.  Areas of concentration are drawing, painting, sculpture, and crafts.  Transfer students can take the course without having taken Art 1; pending submission of an art portfolio and administrator approval.  This is a 1 credit course.

Ceramics and Sculpture - Students will learn how to design and develop ceramic art and study examples of sculpture.  The class is open to any students in grades 9-12 and is a 1 credit Art elective. 

Band -  The high school band will perform hymns, traditional band repertoire, popular tunes, and marches.  Band consists of lessons and large group rehearsals.  This is a 1 credit course.

Chorus and Honors Choir -  In chorus students learn about music theory and how to sing harmonies in four or more parts.  Honors choir is for the school’s top choral group and limited to a  maximum of 16 students.  Students must audition to join Honors Choir.  This is a 1 credit course.

World Music History -  The course will focus on periods of music from the Renaissance Era to the present.  Students will discover the purpose of various instruments and how music has impacted society and everyday life.  This is a 1 credit course.

American Music History -  American Music History students will study the trends, styles, and genres that have made up American music.  Moving through each decade from 1900 to the present day students will discover how music reflected everyday life.  This is a 1 credit course.

Library Aide -  Students will report to the library and assist the librarian in an everyday task.  This includes:  office procedures, research methods and skills, and computer literacy.  Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior to participate in this program.  This is a 1 credit course.

Apprenticeship Program -  Students will be assigned to a teacher or local business.  Students will develop interpersonal skills and become familiar with the task and roles of a specific craft.  Students must be juniors or seniors to be in the Apprenticeship program. Parent consent is also required.  This can be a 1 or 2 credit course.

Cooperative Program -  This program is for second-semester seniors, in good academic standing and all credit requirements must have been achieved.  Students will schedule a study hall during block 2 or 3, using that time along with flex and lunch students will report to a local business for internships or paid co-op work.  Weekly reports must be submitted and students must have their own transportation and parent permission to participate in the program.

Bible: 

Students need a minimum of 4 credits.

Intro to Bible -  Introduction to the Bible is for our International Students or transfer students to discover the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  The first semester will focus on the Old Testament; while the second semester will explore the New Testament.  The class meets for the entire year and is a 1 credit course.

Bible 9 - 12 -  At each grade level an age-appropriate Bible class is taught.  Themes include:  God’s Big Story, being good stewards of the Bible, how God speaks universally (General Revelation), and character of God.  Students must take the courses sequentially and each class is a 1 credit course.

Health/Physical Education (P.E.): 

Students need a minimum of 1 credits.

Health and P.E. -  This course alternates between health education and physical education.  In health students will learn about nutrition, fitness, preventing injuries, disease prevention, and drugs and alcohol.  In physical education, students will learn about the benefits of exercise and how to play a variety of team sports.  Participation in high school athletics also counts as physical education credit.  Health and PE are each 0.5 credit courses.

Fitness Training - Students will need to take Health and PE prior to taking this course.  In this class students will learn about specific forms of exercise training including:  interval training, speed training, Olympic lifting, and anaerobic exercise.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Language Arts: 

Students need a minimum of 4 credits.

Fundamentals of English -  The class focuses on basic structures and vocabulary of English.  Students learn strategies to advance their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  This class is intended for ESL students and students who need reinforcement of English functions.  This is a 1 credit course.

Introduction to Literature - This class is generally for freshman students and is designed to produce thoughtful communicators, to promote critical thinking, and explore a variety of literature and worldviews.  The focuses are poetry, short story, novel, research, vocabulary, grammar, and the writing process.  This is a 1 credit course.

World Literature - This class is primarily for sophomores and provides a survey of world literature genres, aiming at an upper level and college preparation.  The focuses are poetry, short story, novel, research, vocabulary, grammar, and the writing process.  This is a 1 credit course.

American Literature - Primarily for students in eleventh grade the course embraces the five classic parts of language arts curriculum:  grammar, literature, writing, vocabulary, and speech.  Students are taught to analyze American literature from a Christian worldview.  The class is a 1 credit course.

British Literature - This senior level class helps students to appreciate the British literary canon as part of their cultural patrimony.  Students will be expected to present speeches before their peers.  Instruction on vocabulary focuses on the Greek and Latin roots of words that come from the British scholarly vocabulary.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Holocaust Literature - This class will study the lessons of the Holocaust from a literary perspective.  It will focus on the analysis of a variety of genres of Holocaust literature: poetry, short stories, fiction, primary source journals, and memoirs.  The timeline of study will focus on literature written in the prewar years, the Holocaust, and the post-war era. This class can be taken by 9-12th grade and honors credit will be offered for those who wish to add rigor to their studies.

Mathmatics: 

Students need a minimum of 3 credits.

Financial Literacy -  Using the Dave Ramsey course designed for high school students, the class is designed to teach students about everyday functioning and consumer skills.  Basic math skills are needed to learn how to create budgets, balance a checkbook, determine interest, understand the loan process, and conduct financial planning.  Additionally, students will learn how to write a cover letter and resume.  All students can benefit from this course.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Algebra I - This class presents the properties and uses of the real number system in carrying out of mathematical operations and solving equations and inequalities in one and two variables.  The class is primarily for students in 8th or 9th grade.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Geometry - Typically, this class is taken by freshman or sophomores.  Points, lines, planes, polygons, solids, circles, coordinate geometry, and constructions are studied.  This class is a 1 credit course.

Algebra II - This course typically is comprised of sophomores or juniors.  In this class, students will learn about linear functions, polynomials, and how rational-irrational-and complex numbers are studied.  This class is a 1 credit course.

Algebra III/Trigonometry - Often this course is for juniors or seniors.  This is a pre-calculus course that ties together the study of Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.  This class should help prepare students for college calculus or statistics.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Calculus - Typically this class is for seniors who have already taken Algebra III/Trigonometry and were able to maintain a B average or better in the class.  The full range of secondary mathematics is utilized in the study of rates of change of functions and relations.  This class is a high-level college preparatory class.  Calculus is a 1 credit class.

Science: 

Students need a minimum of 3 credits.

Environmental Science -  The course is designed to introduce students to the relationship between humans and their geologic environment.  Students will learn about soil, water, bedrock, and geological processes, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods.  The class is a 1 credit class. 

Biology - Biology is a focus on living things with an emphasis on keeping a journal, proper lab procedures, making observations and drawing conclusions.  This is typically a 9th or 10th-grade science course.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Chemistry - Before enrolling in Chemistry, students first need to take Biology and Algebra I.  The class focuses on the study of matter and energy.  Students will learn to be engaged through discussion, lab reports, mathematical calculations, and a variety of other assessment activities.  The class is typically taken by sophomores and juniors and is worth 1 credit.

Anatomy and Physiology (A&P)  - Students must first take Biology and Chemistry.  The class is an in-depth look at the human body and its functions.  Students will be challenged to learn how the human body functions.  The class is typically for juniors or seniors and is a 1 credit course.

Forensics - This class is for juniors or seniors who have taken Biology and Chemistry.  Students will learn about various types of evidence collection and data, such as fingerprinting, hair and fiber samples, blood collection, and skeletal remains.  Students will research famous cases and make presentations to their peers.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Physics - Before enrolling in Physics students must first have taken Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I and II.  Math skills are a crucial portion of this class however, the ability to describe physics principals are just as important.  Topics covered include:  scientific method, measurements, motion and momentum, forces, heat and energy, waves and sound, electricity, magnetism and light.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Social Studies: 

Students need a minimum of 3 credits.

Introduction to U.S. History -  The course is a survey of the nation’s history, spanning from the Native American’s into the modern era.  This course is designed for a variety of learners from our international students to students seeking credit recovery or transfer students in need of a US History credit.  The class is a 1 credit course.

U.S. History - This class will begin with a brief review of the American experience from the Colonial Period to the Civil War.  The majority of the course will focus on the Reconstruction period through the present.  This is typically a ninth-grade class.  The class is a 1 credit course.

World History - The class is a survey course of the history of mankind from the Renaissance to World War II.  There is a strong emphasis on Western Civilization and the political and religious heritage which has come from the culture.  The class is often taken the sophomore year and is a 1 credit course.

Government  - Government is the study of American government and how it functions in dealing with domestic and foreign affairs.  Units of study include the US Constitution and its amendments, political parties, public opinion, Federalism, the conflict between church and state, and a Christian’s responsibility to society.  The class is often taken by sophomores or juniors and is a 1 credit class.

WWII/Holocaust - The course is a two-part course with the first quarter focused on the time period of 1919-1946 and the events leading up to WWII.  The second part of the course will review a history of Jewish life in Europe prior to WWII.  Students will discuss the history of Anti-Semitism and trace the patterns of immigration as a result of nationalism.  The class will study the human side of the Holocaust through the victims, bystanders, rescuers, and perpetrators.  The class is usually taken in the junior or senior year and is a 1 credit course.

Holocaust Literature - This class will study the lessons of the Holocaust from a literary perspective.  It will focus on the analysis of a variety of genres of Holocaust literature: poetry, short stories, fiction, primary source journals, and memoirs.  The timeline of study will focus on literature written in the prewar years, the Holocaust, and the post-war era. This class can be taken by 9-12th grade and honors credit will be offered for those who wish to add rigor to their studies. The class is a 1 credit course.

Modern Era  - The class, often taken by juniors or seniors, studies how Europe was able to transform itself so dramatically in the 20th Century and how that has impacted its modern conflicting ideology.  The class is a 1 credit course.

Sociology  - Sociology is the study of human interaction and is considered the sister subject to anthropology.  Sociology looks at symbols, functions, and conflicts that exist in family, politics, the media, religion, race and ethnicity, education, and other institutions of social life.  The class is open to students in 10th-12th grade and is a 1 credit course.

Technology: 

Students need a minimum of 1/2 credit.

Computer Application and Design -  The course can be taken any time between 9th-12th grade.  Students spend the first quarter learning computer applications such as Microsoft Office and how to create presentations.  The second quarter focuses on graphic design and software competency.  Students will be creating and designing original works.  The course is a 1 credit class.

Yearbook - Yearbook emphasizes the development of communication in a variety of areas:  thinking, reading, listening, journalistic writing, photojournalism, graphic layout/design, and desktop publishing skills.  The class is for 10th-12th grade students and is a 1 credit course.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are combined in this elective course.  Students will be engaged in hands-on activities and encouraged to explore the connections between these subjects and solve real-world problems.

World Languages: 

Students need a minimum of 2 credits.

Spanish I, II, III, IV  -  Students will master the basic phonics and pronunciation of the language. The teacher will integrate a balanced focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills throughout all phases of instruction.  Each level builds on the learning and skills acquired in the previous course.  Each class is a 1 credit course.​

Dual Enrollment: 

Christian School of York, through Colorado Christian University, provides a number of dual enrollment opportunities for students in the 10th through 12th grades.  Students pay an enrollment fee to CSY and CCU to enroll.  Courses are offered in English and Social Studies.  All dual enrollment and honors courses are weighted courses.  Students should expect to go deeper into the course content and will be required to do additional writing and presenting than their peers in the traditional course.  The specific courses offered for dual enrollment can vary from year to year.

Online Enrollment: 

Christian School of York, through Ignitia, offers a wide range of online courses.  These courses are taken during the school day, built into the student schedule, and taken under the supervision of a CSY staff person.  These courses may be used for remediation or acceleration. 

Flex Period Options: 

SAT Prep, Study Hall, Band-Music-Chorus-Praise Band, Eco Team, NHS, Student Senate