September 7, 1976, was a landmark date for Mount Calvary Church. The Mount Calvary Christian School opened its doors with an enrollment of 100 students. After attending public schools, many students enjoyed and thrived on the close, friendly atmosphere of a small Christian school. Beginning with K-4 through sixth grade, the school then added grades through twelfth grade. In June, 1982, the Mount Calvary Christian School held its first twelfth grade graduation.
At the school’s beginning, classes were conducted within the church building; however, in May 1980, the ground was broken for a new education building. With the completion of the new building came a broad expansion of programs: athletics, yearbook, a school newspaper, student council, music program, National Honor Society, drama performances, computers, etc.
When the students returned to the school in the fall of 1997, the sights and sounds of construction greeted them. During the summer, Mount Calvary Church broke ground for the new Family Life Center. This building would house a 9,000 square foot gymnasium, kitchen, science lab, administrative and support staff offices, and additional classrooms. In March 1998, the Family Life center was completed and the school began using this new facility.
During the summer of 1998, renovation work began on the educational building that was finished before the opening of the next academic year. The old office was expanded and converted to an all-school library, and the former kitchen became the expanded computer lab.
The school has expanded its sports and fine arts opportunities and introduced a cooperative sports program in 2013. The campus became wireless in 2015, and introduced a 1-to-1 laptop program in the secondary in 2016. By the fall of 2016, the school has reached an enrollment of more than 460, and we are currently considering expansion needs in light of approaching capacity.
Mount Calvary received its Accreditation with the Association of Christian Schools International and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 2005 and renewed in 2014. As the school looks to the future, we are defining a vision for expansion because of projected capacity issues. Among the many programs started over the years, we continue to have a strong Fine Arts Department, a high school PIAA sports program, junior high interscholastic athletics, field trips, and bussing from 8 surrounding school districts.