Academic Philosophy

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

We are just as committed to teaching academic excellence as we are to teaching character through our school’s core values, The 5 C’s:

  • Caring
  • Cooperation
  • Courage
  • Courtesy
  • Common Sense

Embraced school wide, these core values help us to create an environment throughout campus that allows students to grow in confidence and with a sense of responsibility to their community.

The 5 C’s help guide our behavior as we strive to be a reflection of Christ in all that we say and do. Students are recognized and acknowledged for modeling The 5 C’s.


Adventist education is based on developing the whole child to reflect all that Jesus created them to be. Because of this foundation and the continued pursuit of high standards, Adventist education has a worldwide reputation for outstanding curriculum and high achievements, using best teaching practices that are Christ-centered. Our philosophy is centered around  teaching the whole child and helping each student reach their highest potential.

We strive to make Jesus a part of every piece of curriculum. We also believe that we are to follow these foundational goals of education:

  • Restore the image of God in every child
  • Develop each child holistically: body, mind and spirit
  • Teach students to be thinkers and not mere reflectors
  • Equip students to share the gospel of Christ
  • Prepare students to be successful for the 21st Century

Our process for outlining standards and choosing curriculum involves three levels of educators from the local conference, the North Pacific Union (NPUC) and the North American Division (NAD). They are responsible for research, examination, evaluation and implementation of new curriculum. We strive to use the best curriculum available to fit best teaching practices.

LEARN MORE about Adventist Education curriculum standards.
LEARN MORE about PAES standardized tests: Iowa Assessments & Cognitive Abilities Test. 

The Cognitive Genesis Study

See how SDA education compares, review the Cognitive Genesis Study

Sources: NAD Office of Education, Oregon Conference Education Department

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