Shalom Christian Academy has a rich history that has led us to where we are today. As we celebrate our 41st anniversary, we look forward to what God has planned for our future.



Shalom Christian Academy is an accredited, independent Christian school committed to fulfilling our mission to develop lives of consequence in the world for the Kingdom of God. Our dedicated and qualified staff provide an excellent academic curriculum and recognize that their role includes developing relationships with students as they teach content and model our values.


Today Shalom Christian Academy serves more than 400 students in Pre-K through 12th grade on the 33 acre Shalom campus. Another 180 students are served through Growing Tree Preschool at our 5 satellite locations.


In addition to core subjects, elementary and middle school students participate in music and art classes. The majority of high school students take advantage of opportunities in fine arts courses such as art, instrumental music, chorale, music theory, creative writing, photography, and more.  Competitive athletic opportunities are also available.


Shalom is governed by an eleven member board of directors who can serve two (2) four-year terms. Parents are active and participating members of the Association that affirms board members.


The board of directors approved an ambitious strategic plan that included 7 initiatives. These goals have been realized as we upgraded our network and subsequent technology options, enhanced our middle school program, continued the development of Growing Tree Preschool, and evaluated our financial practices.


The newest addition to the campus is the Learning Commons. In 2014 the library was remodeled to provide more high tech resources and additional space for students to work in cooperative learning groups, do research, and find a quiet place for reading.



Shalom Christian Academy was established in 1976 with a goal to provide Christian education from an Anabaptist perspective for the Cumberland Valley. It opened with 87 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The first class graduated in 1980. As the student body grew, the school added large classrooms, a library, gymnasium, and office spaces.


Shalom Christian Academy received its accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International in 1984. The school received a dual accreditation from Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1999.


In 1999, Growing Tree Preschool opened its doors at its first site at Marion Mennonite Church.



As Shalom Christian Academy celebrates our 40th year, we look to the future to see what God will do in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, parents, and community. We are excited to look ahead to how we can expand our current facilities so that curricular and co-curricular activities are enhanced. These developments will continue the strong tradition that provides a foundation for students to become contributing members in their communities, churches, and work.   



Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)

Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)



Mennonite Schools Council

Mid-Atlantic Christian Schools Association

National Institute of Learning Disabilities