Johnstown Christian School provides Christian families with a Christ-centered education which prepares their children spiritually, academically, and socially to live for the glory of God.
Students will be prepared spiritually in their commitment to Christ and their development of a Christian world and life view, academically with a quality curriculum, and socially through the development of Godly character traits. There is one God, eternally existing in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
The Holy Scriptures are verbally inspired by God and are our only infallible rule of faith and practice. (John 1:1)
Jesus Christ died, shedding His blood for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead, thereby breaking the bonds of death and assuring us of eternal life. (I Corinthians 15:14-18)
Jesus Christ will return visibly and bodily with power and great glory. (I Thessalonians 4:16)
Man is by nature and practice a sinner separated from God and can become God's child only by personal faith in Jesus Christ, and as a result, live in submission to God's will as revealed in the Scriptures. (Romans 3:22-24)
Those who are thus born into God's family have eternal life (John 3:16) and those who are not remain in spiritual death and will be separated from God forever in hell. (II Thessalonians 1:7-9)
The Holy Spirit lives in the believer, enabling him to walk in purity of life and submission to the will of God. (Romans 8:13-14)
The believer, in response to his faith in and commitment to Christ, is an active part of the local Body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:1-16
The Holsopple campus is located in the Davidsville-Holsopple area of Somerset County, about two miles from Conemaugh Township High School. The school facilities include:two parking lots
one soccer field
one gymnasium (also serving as the auditorium)
one computer lab
individual classrooms for all the students from kindergarten through 12th grade
One popular campus area is the soccer field and upper parking lot area. Flanked by archaic trees, the rural Soap Hollow neighborhood, and the school gymnasium, the area serves as a location for high school and middle school students to congregate between classes and after school. Annual events are often held in this area, including Senior Soccer Night and the annual JCS Arts and Crafts Festival.
The school is undergoing renovation, tentatively scheduled to start in 2009, to upgrade the elementary buildings, the high school, library, and athletic facilities. The school is holding a fund-raising drive titled "Legacy for His Kingdom" to provide the monies needed for these renovations.
The school's student body and faculty represent various Christian denominations, though the vast majority are Protestant. As a private school, JCS draws students from a wide geographic area, though most teachers and students reside in the Greater Johnstown area.
Johnstown Christian School accommodates about 300 students. The school is subdivided into three schools: elementary school (kindergarten through fifth grade), middle school (sixth through eighth grade), and high school (ninth through twelfth grade). The ratio of students to faculty at the school is about 6:1.
At the head of Johnstown Christian School administration is the Johnstown Christian School Board of Directors, a nine-member board chosen to oversee the daily operations of the school system.
A Christian world view is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Bible class and weekly chapel attendance are required for all students. Instruction is held in all academic areas and is college preparatory in focus. The school year for students extends from the first week of September to the first week of June, for a total of 180 school or education days.
High school is structured into eight periods of 42-minute classes, with a 25-minute lunch period. Physical education is a required course for all students (with classes being combined with girls and boys) for half a year and sex ed for the other half of the year. Advanced Placement level courses are offered formally in five subjects.
Curriculum choices are guided by Pennsylvania State Standards for high school graduation.
At JCS, over 95% of all graduates obtain higher education within the first three years after graduation.
The Discovery Center helps students overcome academic difficulties which may be due to learning differences, with the ultimate goal being to help them reach their highest potential and be more fully prepared to realize God’s purposes for them. Johnstown Christian School believes that each child has a unique role in God's plan, and is a special individual created and loved by God. “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me: your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
Johnstown Christian School provides extracurricular activities to develop individual student interest and abilities. Students can participate in one or more of the following:Concert band
PMEA district, regional, and state choirs
Praise and worship team
Small study and Bible study groups
JCS is also a standing member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This allows students the opportunities to participate in numerous academic activities including:Spelling Bees
Although JCS does not have a drama class, school thespians and musicians work on plays and musicals performed at the end of each year. Musicals and plays alternate, with musicals one year and plays the next.
The JCS drama team has been performing for more than 10 years. Past performances have included the following:1996 The Case of the Mysterious Benefactor
1997 Every Little Crook and Nanny
1998 You Can’t Stamp Out Love
1999 Papa was a Preacher
2000 Our Miss Brooks
2001 One Foot in Heaven
2004 Cotton Patch Gospel
2005 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2006 The Miracle Worker
2007 God’s Favorite
2009 The Importance of Being Ernest
2010 Arsenic and Old Lace
2012 Smoke on the Mountain
2013 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
2015 Peter Pan
Every May the Arts and Crafts Festival is conducted by students from all class levels. The festival serves as a fund-raising opportunity for each class. Included at this event are food, craft, and art booths; a silent auction; and the annual 5k run. This event is a major fund raising event for both individual classes as well as the school as a whole. It is also an opportunity for the people of the community to see a glimpse of the school, the students, and faculty.
Each year two banquets are held for high school students: the annual Christmas Banquet and the Junior-Senior banquet, which replaces the traditional prom held in most high schools.
Each year, students in their local youth groups participate in a summer missions trip to evangelize the un-reached people of those areas.
Every year, the high school invites Christian speakers and missionaries from around the country for a half-week visit at the Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. During the retreat students participate in a variety of activities including worship sessions, games, and social interaction.
Johnstown Christian School offers two main sports. Men have the option of basketball and soccer on the junior high, junior varsity, and varsity levels. Women have the option of basketball and soccer on the same levels, and softball. Varsity Cross Country and Track have been made available for interested students in 2009 as well.
JCS was a long-time member of the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association (ACAA), taking home men's and women's titles for both soccer and basketball.
Since 2005, JCS has been a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), and schedules most competitions against local public schools. JCS is now eligible to participate in district, regional, and state level competitions.
JCS still holds the tradition of attending the annual Erie Christian School Invitational in Erie, Pennsylvania.