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Mission Statement

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America operates a system of elementary and secondary education that began in 1872. The church’s unique philosophy of Christian education is based on the Scriptures and the writings of Ellen G. White. All children and youth have been entrusted by the church to the education system for spiritual nurture and educational excellence.

The primary aim of Seventh-day Adventist education is to provide opportunity for students to accept Christ as their Saviour, to allow the Holy Spirit to transform their lives, and to fulfill the commission of preaching the gospel to all the world.

The education program is predicated on the belief that each student is unique and of inestimable value, and on the importance of the development of the whole person. Students are educated to accept service as a way of life, to be sensitive to the needs of people in the home and society, and to become active members in the church.

Why Christian Education

Five Reasons To Send Children To Christian Schools

By Dennis W. Mills Ph.D.

In 1922, Oregon attempted to enact legislation which would have forced all children to attend the public schools. The United States Supreme Court overturned that decision and established that "The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations." Thankfully, in America, we as parents have a choice where to send our children for schooling.

Non-public education is a long-time American tradition. Before 1837, when Horace Mann established state-supported schools in Boston, nearly all of the schools in America were Evangelical Protestant institutions.

Nearly one quarter of the schools in the United States are non-government operated. There are now approximately 15,000 Bible-centered Protestant schools with a combined enrollment of nearly two million students!

"Why send your children to Christian schools?"

I would like to present FIVE reasons why families should consider Christian schools. Christian school education for our children is not an educational alternative! I believe there is no alternative to Christian education for today’s Christian family.

1.      Your children will be like their teachers.

2.      The values expressed in Christian schools are those of our family.

3.      Christian school education is Bibliocentric.

4.      A Christ-centered education will affect how our children see the world.

5.      The home, the Church, and the Sabbath school are not enough to train and influence our children in today's society.

As Christian parents, we need to send our children prepared to weather the demands of life. When the weather outside is harsh, as parents we send our children out with the right clothing. The right education is like the right clothing for our children. Our children need to be equipped for the unpredictable weather of a complex world. They should learn in a climate of strong Christian values and a Christ-centered curriculum--an environment where my children can pass the test before they take it.

Christian school education is preparation to weather the demands of life.

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