Academics / Programs

Programs at Hinkletown Mennonite School

At HMS we practice a whole-child approach to nurturing a child’s interest in learning and meeting needs. Learning is Christ-centered and child-focused. Teachers are intentional to integrate Scripture and Biblical principals throughout the day. Every child is respected and valued for his/her contributions. In addition to technology-use and teacher-guided instruction, we work hard to offer lots of hands-on learning experiences and age-appropriate connections with members of our local community who can share from their business experience, vocational callings or professional expertise. Of course, parents are always welcome to connect and participate as well!

Interscholastic Sports

HMS is a member of the CCAC League (Commonwealth of Christian Athletes Conference) and offers the following sports (grade-levels allowed are noted in parentheses):

  • Cross-country (K-12)
  • Track and Field (6-12)
  • Soccer (5-8)
  • Basketball (5-8) + high school intermurals
  • Volleyball (5-8)


Music Program

In addition to grade-level choirs and instrumental learning, we offer the following co-curricular music opportunities:

  • Junior and Senior Strings
  • Junior and Senior Band
  • Middle school Chamber Choir
  • Senior Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Worship team
  • Other elective groups/ensembles such as music composition or a capella singing



Some drama opportunities are integrated within the core program while others become elective in older grades:

  • Bethlehem Walk – the Nativity story performed by grades 1 & 2
  • Pilgrim Simulation – acting out the story of the early settlers by grade 3
  • Christmas Musical – performed at the Christmas Program by grades 4 & 5
  • Middle School Drama – a full-stage play performed and produced by students in grades 6-8
  • High school drama opportunities through Cavod Academy’s Theater Instructional and Internship Programs


Middle School Leadership Electives

During mid-day flex times, students are invited to participate in leadership developing opportunities each week:

  • School newspaper
  • Student Council
  • Schoolwide morning announcements
  • Service Period
  • Chapel Planning

Middle School


Every student gets opportunities to learn beyond the textbook and connect learning to life:

  • Enrichment clusters (7-week elective mini-courses mixed across grades 1-8)
  • STEM projects for all students in grades 3-5
  • Math 24 Competitions for students in grades 5 – 8
  • Young Writers Week – grades 1-8 write stories around a theme and then share them together across grades at a Young Writer’s Celebration.
  • Academic Extension – gifted programming
  • Qualifying students participate in an art and music adjudication/competition through ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)
  • HMS participates in the Pennsylvania and Lancaster/Lebanon Music Educators Band and Strings Festivals. Middle school and high school students can qualify and participate in district band and strings ensembles.