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What makes Salem Christian School so special?
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I am asked that question a lot. This is a place that pulls you in, that engages you, excites you, and endears you.  Every day on our campus, you can see our commitment to our mission  to educate, nurture, and challenge the whole child to make a difference in the world, wherever they are called to by God.  We offer an innovative and rigorous curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and sciences.   We endeavor to see Salem Christian School maintain its position as the premier Lehigh Valley Christian school.
We see each child as a unique individual with great potential.  We do it with innovation and creativity, and by encouraging students to think outside the box. We do it with an incredible staff of dedicated teachers who spark students’ intellectual curiosity. We want students to ask “questions and have the skills, knowledge, courage and freedom needed to discover the answer to life’s big and small questions.
We are a school that understands that a child’s formative years are important to who they become.  We challenge our students to reach lofty goals as artists, scientist,  and athletes. We want our students to become the best that they can be and use their minds, bodies, and souls to love God with abandon.
Please visit our campus and see for yourself what makes this school an extraordinary learning community rooted in the belief that the Christian faith is necessary to unlock truth and the fullness of understanding.

Mark A. Stanton, Ed.D.

Salem Christian School

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Models of Excellence

Student Tools for Leading Their Learning

Self Advocacy and Data Use

Culture Wars

Embracing Dissapointments

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Block Scheduling Done Right

Data and the School

Education More Than Facts

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Traditions Of Teaching & Learning!

O’Come, O’Come Emmanuel!

Things I Remember

Teach Them Intolerance

Joy of Changing Lives

Philosophy Of Our Christian Education

Flourishing Schools (Part One)

Flourishing Schools (Part Two)

Flourishing Schools (Part Three)

Eastern & Western Thought

Organic Child



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Parent Teacher Fellowship

Our private Christian school offers significant opportunities for parents to make a difference in their children’s educational environment. For more information about Salem Christian School’s PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) chair at PTF@salemchristian.org.
If you are looking to sign-up, the PTF has created an online ability for you to sign up for.  And, they will get back to you.
The parent-teacher relationship is central to life at Salem Christian School.  The PTF  exemplifies the desire to connect parents and the school so that Salem Christian School fosters an environment where each child flourishes.

Each family enrolled at Salem Christian School is a member of the PTF.  Parents serve in classrooms, participate on committees, plan events, and coordinate projects. This active involvement ensures the continued excellence of the academic and enrichment environments for our students.


  • To promote and conduct itself with in the SCS vision statement: To assist parents in developing a God-centered worldview in their children by providing a vibrant education and spiritual environment where Godly character and unity in Christ can flourish, thereby enabling students to serve God and impact the world through biblical thought and action.
  • To provide a structure in which parents and staff can work together to achieve the purposes of the School. And is comprised of Volunteer parents who desire to serve the staff, students and their families in a way that glorifies Christ.  As such, the PTF should conduct itself in light of the vision, objectives and desires of Salem Christian School.
  • To encourage fellowship and connectedness for all families of SCS.


  • Strengthen the unity among parents/students/staff
  • Encourage and support educational activities
  • To provide an opportunity for the parents to serve in the ministry of the school through leadership, participation, prayer and encouragement of one another.
  • Further develop the educational resources and enhancements of the school that yearly tuition does not cover.

Here is a list of SCS PTF events:


  • Room Parents
  • New Student Orientation
  • Back to School nights (EL, MS, HS)
  • Picture Day
  • Christmas Concert
  • Grandparents Day
  • Parent Connections Night
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Book Fairs
  • Elementary Christmas Store
  • Fine arts evening
  • SCS Fair
  • Fun Fridays

Fund Raising: EL Christmas Store, SCS Fair, Box tops & Fun Fridays

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E. I. Tax Credit

Educational Improvement Tax Credit


EITC Guidelines

Tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization.

Click here for an EITC brochure.

Business Application Timeline

  • May 15 – Business applicants who have fulfilled their 2-year commitment and wish to reapply in FY 14/15 to renew their 2-year commitment.
  • May 15 – Businesses who are in the middle of their 2-year commitment.
  • July 1 – All other businesses including Pre-K business applications.

Pass-through entities, such as S-Corporations, Partnerships, LLCs, etc., can now apply the same day as C-Corporations. Applications must be submitted electronically using DCED’s Single Application for Assistance. Paper business applications will no longer be accepted. See the business application guide in the box above.

EITC Guidelines


Tax credits may be applied against the tax liability of a business for the tax year in which the contribution was made.


Tax credits equal to 75 percent of its contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. Can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution, if business agrees to provide same amount for two consecutive tax years. For contributions to Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organizations, a business may receive a tax credit equal to 100 percent of the first $10,000 contributed and up to 90 percent of the remaining amount contributed up to a maximum credit of $200,000 annually.


Businesses authorized to do business in Pennsylvania who are subject to one or more of the following taxes:

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Companies Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institution Tax
  • Insurance Company Law of 1921
  • Personal Income Tax of S corporation shareholders or Partnership partners


An approved company must provide proof to DCED within 90 days of the notification letter that the contribution was made within 60 days of the notification letter. Tax credits not used in the tax year the contribution was made may not be carried forward or carried back and are not refundable or transferable.

How to Apply


Pennsylvania businesses can begin applying for EITC credits through DCED’s electronic single application system. DCED will no longer require applicants to mail the signed signature page.

The business application guide explains the process of applying. Tax credit applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis by day submitted. All applications received on a specific day will be processed on a random basis before moving on to the next day’s applications. Applications will be approved until the amount of available tax credits is exhausted.

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Our Mission and Values


Salem Christian School exists to develop students who love God with all their mind, body, and soul.


Our vision is to assist parents in developing a God-centered worldview in their children by providing a vibrant educational and spiritual environment where Godly character and unity in Christ can flourish, thereby enabling students to serve God and impact the world through biblical thought and action.

Core Values:

  • KNOWLEDGE. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him i
    n every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. ~Colossians 1:10
  • HONOR. …that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. ~John 5:23
  • TRUTH. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. ~John 8:32
  • WISDOM. Blessed is the man who finds wisdom. ~Proverbs 3:13
  • EXCELLENCE. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
    whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ~Philippians 4:8
  • INTEGRITY. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. ~1 Chronicles 29:17

Statement of Faith:

  • We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God.
  • We believe in the total depravity and lost condition of all men by nature.
  • We believe in the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the virgin birth, deity, and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the only atonement for sin.
  • We believe in justification by faith in Christ, God’s Son.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, and regenerates, indwells, enlightens, and empowers the saved.
  • We believe in the personality of Satan.
  • We believe that the saved are called unto a life of separation from all religious apostasy, and from all worldly and sinful practices.
  • We believe in the eternal security and everlasting blessedness of the saved, and eternal punishment of the lost.

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