Academics

Academic Excellence

As a comprehensive, holistic school, LM helps students of diverse abilities and interests be all they can be. The student body includes students with academic difficulties as well as Merit Scholars; it includes those who want to work with their hands as well as those who aspire to work towards professional careers. The Hershey Campus also offers a well-rounded selection of courses, including numerous dual-enrollment courses with Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisburg Area Community College, Messiah College and Harrisburg University.

PREK

Experiencing a regular school-day schedule and a regular school environment better prepares students for going to a real school for kindergarten and first grade. Hershey offers up to five days of PreK per week, with the option of a 2, 3 or 4-day program.

The Hershey Campus also uniquely offers  full-day, half-day or “flex” prekindergarten options.

The full-day program matches the regular school day of 8:15 a.m.-3:05 p.m. The half-day option also starts at 8:15 a.m., but dismisses at 11:50 a.m.

The flex option allows students to start as half-day students and then transition to full-day based on the individual student’s development.

The full-day program offers opportunities for expanded themes for understanding concepts, additional language arts and mathematics activities to reinforce basic concepts in the curriculum, more Bible stories and Scripture memorization, and more opportunity for social interaction.

Elementary

The elementary program emphasizes foundational skills, habits and knowledge for success in middle school and beyond. Classes are self-contained, except for physical education, music and art, which are taught by specialists in facilities devoted to those subjects. At LM, music and art are an integral part of the curriculum and reinforce learning in many other subject areas such as history and geography.

Middle School

Middle school (grades 6-8) provides a gradual transition into high school. In addition to excellent academic, athletic and social opportunities, all LM middle school students experience spiritual formation as they study the Bible, participate in devotions and attend chapel.

KINDERGARTEN

Hershey kindergarten classes help students develop a love of learning in a nurturing environment where children learn to respect each other. Our kindergarten is a success-based program that teaches academics with developmentally-appropriate practices and prepares children to flourish in first grade.

Kindergarten is offered up to five-days per week with the option of a three-day or four-day program. Additional days offer opportunities for:

  • Expanded themes for understanding concepts
  • Additional language arts and mathematics activities to reinforce basic concepts in the curriculum
  • More Bible stories and Scripture memorization
  • More opportunity for social interaction and stimulation

The Hershey Campus offers  full-day, half-day or “flex” kindergarten options. The flex option allows students to start as half-day students and then transition to full-day based on the individual student’s development.

Half-day students still receive all the core subjects: Bible Teaching, Reading Readiness, Handwriting, Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, Chapel and Computer. The full-day program offers opportunities for expanded themes for understanding concepts, additional language arts and mathematics activities to reinforce basic concepts in the curriculum, more Bible stories and Scripture memorization, and more opportunity for social interaction and stimulation.

Mrs. Sessions says, “I am so excited about our Progressive Kindergarten Program where families have the opportunity to choose a half-day option for their child with the flexibility to progress to a full-day student. We can customize our program to meet the needs of families.”

High School

LM’s academic excellence is evidenced by significantly higher Advanced Placement test success of LM students versus PA and national averages, according to College Board data. The 5-year trend clearly reflects the growing strength of LM’s academic program that drives increasing AP success while PA and national averages remained unchanged over the years. SAT scores exceed state and national averages.

See the Curriculum Guide for high school course offerings and other academic information.