Maria’s Table, April 4th 6:00-10:00 PM

Join us for an exciting night as we raise funds to support the mission of The New School of Lancaster!

April 4, 2020 6:00-10:00 PM

at Mount Hope Estate, Barn&Barrel (2775 Lebanon Rd, Manheim)

Looking for meaningful ways to support the school’s annual fundraiser?  Visit here for items needed for the silent auction.

Any and all support is appreciated! Read more about our Sponsorship Opportunities.

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Mitten Tree – Winter Donation Collection

Help keep local families warm this winter by donating Gloves, Hand Warmers and Beef Jerky

Gloves should be adult-sized, but children’s gloves welcome as well. New or gently used, the warmer and more durable, the better! 

All items will be accepted until 12/20, and delivered to Lancaster Health Center on behalf of the NSoL community.

Monetary donations also accepted for purchase of these items. Donations can be sent to school in an envelope to Erica Goppold, labeled with WINTER GLOVES. Questions may be directed to

Family Movie Night

Please join us on Friday, December 6th at 5:30pm for our New School Family Movie Night. Enjoy a night with your NSOL family as we relax together before the holidays. We will be watching Polar Express. The cost is $5 per family. Feel free time: wear your favorite pajamas and bring a sleeping bag or blanket to cuddle with.

Support NSoL at ExtraGive

Starting at 12AM on November 22, visit and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our community. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59PM on November 22.  

Each year, gifts to the Golden Bead Fund ensure that we can say, “yes!” – to ideas and opportunities that make learning a process of joyful discovery. Field trips, special subjects, classroom materials, dream projects, faculty development, and financial aid – the list of areas impacted by the Golden Bead Fund goes on an on.

Make a Difference Today and Donate NOW

SOLD OUT! Community Dinner: Puerto Rico!

Our Middle School students invite you to an authentic Puerto Rican meal which includes Tostones (plantains), Pernil (pork shoulder), Empanandillas (beef and cheese, cheese), Arroz con habichuelas (beans and rice), a veggie option, green salad and dessert .
This dining delight will be prepared and served by the students. We host this event as a fundraiser for the MS trip to Arrowhead in Lewes, Delaware where students embark in a fun, collaborative team building experience.

Thank you to Zoetropolis for graciously hosting this NSoL event.

When: November, 5th at 5:30 pm (one seating only)
Where: Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse, 112 North Water Street
Price: $15 adults   $10 children (12 and under)

We are looking forward to seeing you November 5th.

Your Middle School Students

SOLD OUT! Add your name to our waiting list …

Why Montessori? Why the New School of Lancaster?

Instead of talking about the amazing hands-on materials a Montessori classroom provides (which it does) or the amazing social and emotional benefits children receive by being in a classroom with multiple aged children (which there are), or even the differentiated learning that happens when teachers are able to allow children to work at their own unique developmental levels (which it does) there is a more intrinsic and less obvious reason that Montessori education is so important.

Montessori education changes as the children progress through toddler, primary, early and upper elementary and into middle school, just as the children themselves change and grow during those years. There is so much to say about the benefits of each level at the New School of Lancaster. Yet there is something that transcends the classroom. As an educator who has worked in special education settings, non-Montessori private settings and has had her own children go through the public school system, I believe that giving your child a Montessori education provides something that is difficult to quantify on a rubric or observe in a photograph but will impact his or her life forever.

This elusive characteristic has to do with the intrinsic beliefs held by the teachers and administrators about children that are the backbone of the Montessori model. Montessori faculty hold children in high esteem; they respect the child on a deep level; they speak to children, no matter how young, with dignity and they seek to provide each child with a sense of capability and encouragement that is not often found in other educational models.

It is this underpinning of respect, honor, dignity and joy that will ultimately impact the lives of the children who attend the New School of Lancaster. Many schools can provide quality hands-on materials and can differentiate learning but few will provide their students with that complete respect, emotional understanding and individual honor that you will find in our school.

It is this difficult-to-capture belief and pervasive attitude about each individual child that will provide an important foundation to every child as he or she develops through childhood and into adulthood. It is this foundation that will live on as not only our school legacy but also as each and every student’s legacy, no matter where they go or what they do in the future.

Beth Bitts, Primary Teacher