Welcome to the Mary Francis Bachmann School

Opening in the Fall of 2023, the Mary Francis Bachmann School is the latest project of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health as we strive to improve the health of children and families in the Lancaster Community.  Once renovations have been completed, this innovative School in the former Dominican Monastery site will include grades 1 through 12 and builds upon our work with young children at the St. John Neumann School for Children & Families in Columbia, Pennsylvania.  

Our curriculum embraces a unique relationship-driven experiential approach to education that is informed by the Waldorf educational philosophy and our Catholic Social Teaching which call for us to love our neighbor, care for the planet and serve our community – especially the most vulnerable. 

Our educational philosophy throughout the grades and high school creates and nurtures an enduring and impactful community that embraces both the children in our classrooms and their families. 

We hope that you share our excitement for this ambitious project. Construction will be starting in the late summer / early fall of 2022. We look forward to sharing the stunning renovations and learning spaces we will be creating. Until that time, we invite you to enter the Monastery Space as it is now along with us and dream along with us as we create this fantastic opportunity for the children and families of the Lancaster Community.


Please enjoy a few short videos filmed in the Monastery as it currently exists. The videos offer you a sneak peak of what is to come and what will be offered in these wonderful spaces and throughout the historic Monastery property in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.

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