Adventist educators believe in educating the “Whole Person” through:
- Solid academics
- Physical development
- Spiritual growth.
Wander through a classroom in most any Washington Conference school and you’ll probably see exactly what you expect: desks, textbooks, an enthusiastic teacher and eager students—essential ingredients of a quality education. But what you won't see is just as important.
Beyond the classroom walls, each Washington Conference school is connected to and nurtured by the global Seventh-day Adventist educational system—the largest of any Protestant denomination. With more than 65,700 committed Christian teachers in more than 6,700 schools seek to train and inspire at least 1.25 million students each day, Adventist Education is world-wide.
Since its founding in the mid-19th century, the 17+ million-member Adventist church has invested heavily in the future through education. Washington schools benefit from this commitment through modern facilities, innovative curriculum, professional development support and quality measurement processes.
Though separated by oceans and continents, all Adventist schools are bound together by a sense of common mission and purpose—to prepare young people for happiness and success on this earth and a glorious life in the world to come.
Enabling Lifelong Learners [Top of Page]
Adventist education is committed to investing in the future of children through providing a safe learning environment, innovative curriculum, modern facilities, professional development support for teachers, and quality measurement processes.The Washington ConferenceOffice of Education oversees 20 campuses in western Washington from early education centers to elementary and high schools.
It is the mission of Adventist Education to enable learners to develop a life of faith in God, and to use their knowledge, skills, and understandings to serve God and humanity. The vision of Adventist Education is for very learner to excel in faith, learning, and service, blending biblical truth and academic achievement to honor God and bless others.
Beyond high-quality academics and scholarly achievement, our schools exist for much more important and eternal reason - to help students make right choices for God. Choices that make the world a better place. Choices based on Christian ethics, not selfish ambition. Choices that for a lifetime lead others to a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
Spirituality in Washington Conference schools isn't left to chance. We are intentional about providing an atmosphere where Christian growth is the highest possible priority, and where students can safely question and discover their spiritual selves.
- In the Classroom // Our students can expect to experience Christ through the lives of their teachers, and through integrated courses that are consistent with Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.
- A Pervasive Presence // A typical day in school includes plentiful spiritual activities and opportunities for involvement. Students lead out in worships and Weeks of Prayer, inspiring their peers to a closer walk with Christ.
- To All the World // Putting faith into action is a critical part of our student's development.
The challenge of preparing students for success in a highly-competitive and fast-paced world drives the quality academic programs you’ll find in Washington Conference schools.
- QUALIFIED TEACHERS // Besides their obvious passion for teaching, nearly all are certified and many hold advanced degrees. Committed and dedicated teachers provide opportunities for maximum interaction and impact with students.
- 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOMS // The world doesn’t stop advancing, and neither does our commitment to providing technology opportunities for students and teachers.
- INNOVATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES // Whether watching migrating salmon in nearby streams or discovering the history of our nation during tours to Washington DC, creative instruction goes far beyond the classroom.
- QUALITY MEASUREMENT // An aggressive commitment to outcomes assessment and continuous improvements guarantees a first-rate academic product. Teachers are annually required to submit a Professional Growth Plan, and are held accountable to a high standard of professionalism. See also: CognitiveGenesis
Beyond high-quality academics and scholarly achievement, our schools exist for a much more important and eternal reason—to help students make choices for God. Choices that make the world a better place. Choices based on Christian ethics, not selfish ambition. Choices that for a lifetime lead others to a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
Spirituality in Washington Conference schools isn’t left to chance. We’re intentional about providing an atmosphere where Christian growth is the highest possible priority, and where students can safely question and grow spiritually.
Our students can expect to experience Christ through the lives of their teachers, and through integrated courses that are consistent with Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. A typical day at a Washington Conference school includes plentiful spiritual activities and opportunities for involvement. Students lead out in worships and Weeks of Prayer, inspiring their peers to a closer walk with Christ.
Putting faith into practical action is a critical part of any young person’s development. Through environments deliberately created to emphasize spiritual values, and through the example of teachers and other staff who take their responsibility to represent God seriously, lives are being changed every day in Washington Conference schools.
A Secure, Nurturing Environment[Top of Page]
In an increasingly godless world, where our children are constantly bombarded with negative messages and myriad temptations, our schools offer a safe haven to young people.
Drugs, alcohol and weapons are forbidden. The comparatively small size of our schools also means students have many opportunities for direct involvement in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and organizations.
In an atmosphere of safety and security, where opportunities to excel outside the classroom are plentiful, students are best able to discover and develop their talents. The social skills, leadership abilities and confidence gained will serve them for a lifetime.
Many of our schools utilize Choice Theory as the basis for school-wide organization and discipline. With a focus on the seven caring habits of supporting, encouraging, listening, accepting, trusting, respecting and negotiating differences, students learn to make wise choices all on their own. The result is a nurturing environment that fosters excellence and growth.
Accreditation [Top of Page]
All schools are accredited by the Seventh-day Adventist church and approved by the State of Washington. Our high schools hold additional accreditation from AdvancEd (formerly Northwest Association of Accredited Schools).
Value Genesis: faith, values and commitments [Top of Page]
For the third time in 20 years, the ValueGenesis study explored the faith, values and commitments of Seventh-day Adventist young people.The findings are interesting to track, and are available in four update reports.
- Update 1 provides an overview of demographics.
- Update 2 addresses the grace orientation of students.
- Update 3 explores the importance of Adventist Education.
- Update 4 evaluates the role of the Adventist Home and family worship.