To provide an educational program which develops the intellect, supplies training in skilled trades, and makes the Bible its foundation, while inspiring students to seek God and discover His will for their lives.
Our Philosophy and Goals
True education means more than taking a certain course of study. It is broad. It includes the harmonious development of all the physical powers and mental faculties. It teaches the love and fear of God and is a preparation for the faithful discharge of life's duties. (CT64.1)
We believe the primary goal of true education is to build godly character—engaging the mind and body in activities and themes that are in harmony with God's Spirit.
[Jesus’] education was gained from Heaven-appointed sources, from useful work, from the study of the Scriptures, from nature, and from the experiences of life—God’s lesson books, full of instruction to all who bring to them the willing hand, the seeing eye, and the understanding heart. (MH 400)
Jesus' upbringing is to be our example of true education. We aim that our young people will have the opportunity to gain heavenly wisdom by learning from God's lesson books as Christ did.
The Bible is the only rule of faith and doctrine. And there is nothing more calculated to energize the mind, and strengthen the intellect, than the study of the word of God… If God's word were studied as it should be, men would have a breadth of mind, a nobility of character, and a stability of purpose, that is rarely seen in these times. (CE118.2)
We purpose—by our daily Bible classes, our times of worship and outreach, and our personal examples—to inspire students to love the study of God's word and to accept Jesus as their Best Friend.
While the Bible should hold the first place in the education of children and youth, the book of nature is next in importance. In itself the beauty of nature leads the soul away from sin and worldly attractions, towards purity, peace, and God. For this reason the cultivation of the soil is good work for the children and youth. PH131 14.2, 3
We are committed to providing abundant opportunities for our students to spend time in nature—learning of God through His created works.
Every institution of learning should make provision for the study and practice of agriculture and mechanic arts… While a part of each day is devoted to mental improvement, let a stated portion be given to physical labor, and a suitable time to devotional exercises and the study of the Scriptures. (FE72.4)
Through our unique program we seek to help students develop practical life skills, critical thinking abilities, and a heart for service—equipping them to effectively minister to others.