Lancaster Mennonite and Kraybill Mennonite School Reach Agreement


Lancaster, PA – After 12 years of recent shared ownership, Lancaster Mennonite and Kraybill Mennonite School are pleased to announce a new beginning.  The schools are operating jointly for the 2018-19 school year as Kraybill transitions to independence.  Both parties signed an agreement on November 9, 2018, stating that Kraybill Mennonite School will become fully independent again beginning July 1, 2019.

Kraybill Mennonite School sought independent status in March 2018 after Lancaster Mennonite shared the need to combine grade levels or close the campus due to decreased enrollment.  The Kraybill community united in support of continued operation of the school and its mission. Desiring a Mennonite school in the Mount Joy area to continue, Lancaster Mennonite agreed to another year in partnership culminating with fully independent status for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Kraybill Mennonite School continues to offer quality faith-integrated academic programs. Kraybill School Board Chair, Mark Graybill said, “A new lower tuition rate provides greater access for families. Course offerings have been strengthened and changes have prompted a strong enrollment response.

”Lancaster Mennonite is pleased to see the Kraybill community rally to ensure Mennonite education continues in Mount Joy. It is clear that the transition team is as dedicated as LM to see our mission continue,” said Pam Tieszen, Lancaster Mennonite Superintendent. She adds, “It is only with renewed community and family support that our schools are able to effectively service students. We are grateful for the loyal Kraybill community who have rallied to serve their students.”

Kraybill Mennonite and Lancaster Mennonite have a 40 year history of working together, at points independently and at other times jointly.  Both parties have reached a new season of independence and mutual support.


About Lancaster Mennonite School

Lancaster Mennonite (LM) serves four campuses at Locust Grove (PreK-8) with a Spanish Immersion and traditional English track programs, New Danville (PreK-5), Hershey (PreK-12) and Lancaster Lincoln Highway (6-12) with a project based learning model from grades 7 & 8.  LM is accredited by AdvancED and Mennonite Education Agency.

About Kraybill Mennonite School

Founded in 1949, Kraybill Mennonite School serves grades PreK-8. Kraybill is a twelve-acre campus located in Mount Joy. The school provides excellent academics, athletics and fine arts programs for students of all ages. Their mission is to offer a Christian education that prepares children to do God’s work in the world through the Anabaptist perspectives of faith, peacemaking, leadership and service.


Media Contacts:

Pam Tieszen, Lancaster Mennonite Superintendent

Email:; Phone: 717-740-2422

Mark Graybill, Kraybill School Board Chair

Email:; Phone: 717-951-5980