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Christian School of York

Private | PK-12 | 376 students


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Posted September 9, 2014

If you are considering CSY please look closely, pray hard and consider other options. The high school is half international students. Teachers cater to them as they are a huge income to the school and the families who host them. Administrator/teacher turnover is huge. Very sad!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 23, 2014

Just read all the reviews. Seems as if this is not the place for me to send my child. I moved back to the area and when Peter T had this place it was amazing. I will go with the Catholic route. They educate and don't charge 10K for a high school education. Lancaster Bible has grown since Peter took over. Bring him back to fix what appears to be major issues.

Posted July 10, 2014

This school is terrible! It is plagued with teacher turnover, inconstant standards, and a general apathy toward preparing students for college. I spent several years at this school, and I wish I could convey to you appropriately just how awful the experience was. Learning at this school is often discouraged, especially in the science classes. I understand that this school does not subscribe to the theory of evolution, and I support their right to that position, but I was regularly taught outdated or blatantly false information. Students (particularly those who plan to attend college) should at least be taught the theories of mainstream science since they will certainly encounter them later in life. I understand that there is a certain portion of the people who read this that want a christian school that will not allow their child think through and wrestle with their faith, but to the parents who want their children to think for themselves and truly own their faith; please do not put your kids in this environment.

Posted October 2, 2013

Hi, to everyone reading these reviews... I find they lack a certain element of truth. I am an alumni of this school... My children attend there currently and I have close to same age relatives that are attending public schools including Central York currently as well. Make no mistake, my children are outperforming their older cousins that are attending the public schools in almost every subject. I urge you not to take my word for it but to continue your research by visiting the school itself and to talk to the teachers there. You will find many of the teachers left the public school systems to come to CSY and are very knowledgeable of the differences and the advantages you will find at CSY
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2013

As you can see by the reviews, CSY is deeply divided. There is conflict and strife at every level within the school. It impacts the teachers which affects the students. What a difference from what the school used to be. There are other Christian schools in the area, including a new one. Plus many of the parents who have left enrolled their children in public schools and report being pleased. Why spend over $10,000 per child per year (last year's tuition and fees) if your children can thrive elsewhere?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 17, 2013

I find it very interesting that the last review claims that CSY causes children to be behind academically compared to students in public schools. CSY placed second in SAT scores in 2012 compared to all schools In York County ( including public schools), and all but one (his choice) of the graduating class are going to college or a technical school. Many of the graduating class are attending highly recognized collegiate institutions. I highly doubt if students were years behind other students academically, nationally recognized colleges wouldn't be sending them acceptance letters. I hope people focus on the concrete facts that prove CSY provides students with a quality education as mentioned above, and do not focus on personal claims of people who harbor ill will towards the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 16, 2013

I have seen countless reviews that all have the same issues with CSY. Over the years of sending my children to CSY, we have spent nearly $200,000 on our two daughters tuition. "Was it worth it", you ask? NO. I say this because this "school" has caused my daughter and other students in her class to be 3 years behind in math, 2 year behind in foreign language, and 1 year behind in science (these results compared to public school students!). This school claims to be "academic prep"...yeah right! Also, as others have stated in the comments below, the teachers and coaches play favorites. You will only be accepted into NHS, Student Senate, or any other elite high school group if you donate a bunch of money, work at the school, or have another connection. Because of these set backs, we have decided to withdraw or daughters from CSY. This was not a difficult decision, but a necessary one. As an alumni, I know where CSY used to stand academically and philosophically....however, not anymore. CSY has deep financial problems, and frequently sends letters begging for financial givings from parents who have already given their life savings to CSY. CSY owes my family a QUALITY education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 2, 2013

First I want to say that it is my prayer that when parents read these reviews that they do so with prayerful discernment. Please keep in mind there are two sides to every story. I am saddened to observe there are reviewers who chose to be disrespectful in posts. I won't sugar coat everything and say CSY is perfect because that would be a lie. No school is perfect! I won't debate what others have chosen to post, but will follow Biblical principle and only share truth that my family has experienced. I am a teacher at CSY and also a parent of a CSY student. In the past seven years my son has attended CSY, he has received a quality Christ-centered education from teachers who demonstrated a love for my child and the Lord. I am basing this statement on my child's experience before and after becoming a teacher at CSY, in case there would be any inclination made by others that my son received special treatment because I am a teacher. Though I do not agree with all of the information listed in the post on 5/20/13, I do agree that decisions should be made after much prayer in seeking God's will and wisdom. After seeking God's will through prayer, we will be sending our son to CSY next year.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 20, 2013

The last (May 11th) post sure sounds like it came from an administrator at the ECC who is upset by the May 2nd post. Could this be a veiled attempt at lifting up a rapidly sinking ship!? Sadly, the May 2nd post is closer to the truth regarding the the school as it exists today versus a once wonderful educational institution founded on strong Christian values by men and woman of Faith.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2013

There are very challenging things going on at CSY right now. Many staff resigned last year. Many have resigned this year. Two new administrators didn't make it through the year. If you are considering CSY please look closely, ask parents you know and pray hard.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 11, 2013

The decision to send our children to CSY has been the best decision we have made. Parents looking for a "perfect" environment are not going to find it on this planet. As issues have arisen, the administration has met with us to design a plan to address our son's needs. Our daughter has made lasting friendships that have helped her through some tough challenges that she has had to face. CSY's story is still being written and we are thrilled to be a part of the journey.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 2, 2013

We had a terrible experience with the EEC. The teachers there showed favor to other students, while some kids were left to fend for themselves. We had several meetings about this problem because we felt our child was not being attended to, and while they acted like they cared nothing was done and we were brushed off. Unless you are a donor or booster don;t expect any special treatment. The "teacher" in our childs class was not even an actual teacher, just a long term fill-in. The school uses Bible philosophy as a means to control the parents, and quotes scripture to it's own benefit, but turns a deaf ear when a parent or parents have a legitimate or even Biblical complaint. School has serious financial issues, at one point they took a special collection in order to "make payroll", but not even a month later paid an undisclosed sum (a large amount) to buy a soccer field, and that same month was asking for volunteers to DONATE time to help build it. This school is not financially balanced. The current administration cannot seem to reign in the financial woes. It might be a "christian" school, but it is simply a poorly-run business.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 28, 2011

Although previous posts state that building our Early Education Center (EEC) was not in the best interest of our families, the facts state otherwise. Prior to the building of the center, our enrollment in our Pre-K & kindergarten was 52. That number has nearly doubled this year. Next year we are looking at having the largest kindergarten class that we have seen in many years. What better way to grow our school! In previous posts it is also stated that the EEC has driven up tuition. From 2008-09 to 2009-10 and to 2010-11 our tuition increases have been 2%, 2% & 5%. These increases do not begin to reflect even the national increase in cost of education. Dr. Thompson had a fabulous vision for the EEC which is benefiting absolutely every family enrolled at Christian School of York.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 23, 2011

I believe in CSY with all of my being. This school was an excellent resource for my two children's education for seventeen years. It cost us a lot of money... but it was well worth everything we paid. The overall education and experience we received here was of high caliber in every aspect. I commend Christian School of York to every Christian family in the York County area; don't settle for less, you only have children in school for a limited time, and you must make the very best of these years. We did, and we're forever thankful for the choice we made.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2010

Our children have been attending CSY for the last five years. My husband and I could not be more pleased with the education that our two elementary-age children are receiving at CSY. The teachers are excellent. They are kind and caring and truly love each individual child. We agree with previous posts that CSY has a great family atmosphere. We also really like all the extra activities CSY provides such as Fine Arts Night, Chapel, Intramurals, Spanish, etc. Our two children have thrived at CSY and have grown a great deal spiritually. We would highly recommend CSY to parents who are looking for a high quality education that is biblically sound and God-honoring.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 26, 2010

We agree with the previous post in some of it's points. The Early Childhood Center was very expensive and the administration has not answered parents' questions about projected enrollment statistis that justify the building and high percentage of overall school funds used to in mortgage and daily expenses. The school has been increasingly more and more expensive. An expensive 'activities fee' and increased tuition make it increasingly difficult for many families to afford. The education is for the most part very good but in this economy, regardless of our commitment to have our children receive a Christian Education, family finances are a reality. The spoorts program provides an excellent outlet for good sportsmanship and athletic development. We find that the Potter's Clay group is outstanding in it's performance and outreach to the community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2010

Although there are many positive aspects of CSY, there are some serious problems as well. The building of the new Early childhood school has significantly raised fees and taken many resources from the 1 - 12th grades. This center was very expensive and is only paretially filled. The administration won't directly answer parents' concerns including how many children are attending as oppossed to projected enrollment fiqures used to justify it's construction. The schgool has serious financial difficulties, in no small part to the cost of this new building. Unfortunately, a number of staff and coaches show favoratism to certain students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 31, 2008

Since my last posting on November 2, 2007, my experience has improved dramatically. After a few meetings I feel that my concerns have been heard and are being addressed. I was surprised to see how immediate some of the issues have been dealt with which was so pleasing. My children come home happy and excited to tell me about their day. Chapel days have been especially uplifting for them and I can see a difference in a positive sense in the area of prayer and knowledge of the Lord and scripture. I can see them developing and learning how to apply what they learn to their little lives. I must admit I was a bit hasty when doing my last posting/review and I hope that this posting weighs more in your search for a great Godly school for your kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 19, 2007

Our experience greatly differs from the last posting. These teachers truly care about our kids and are all very competent--even the newer teachers. The Lord has created each child in a unique way with strengths and weaknesses. CSY deals well with both giftedness and learning challenges. We have found the curriculum to be well researched, intentional and challenging. Our older children have gotten excellent scores on SATs and have been accepted into all of the colleges where they applied. CSY is over 50 years old. There have been some changes in the headmaster in the last decade. Our current headmaster is a strong leader and has renewed the energy in the school. We are blessed to have such a school in York County. The combination of high academics with the foundation of an accurate Christian world-view makes CSY well worth the sacrifice for the financial investment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 29, 2007

I have been the parent of a CSY student since Kindergarten. He loves it and when given the opportunity to attend public school or be homeschooled he rejected both. The academics are 2nd to none, SAT scores are consistently higher than most other schools in the area, and the number of seniors attending college after graduation nears 100%. The sports programs though not emphasized are not 2nd rate either. The teachers and administration now only know the students by first name but most if not all of the parents too. CSY offers all the pluses of public education with none of the draw backs. We would not trade our CSY experience for anything.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 71%
Black 5% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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