The Adventist Edge


What Difference Does It Make?

Adventist education has a positive influence on students from pre-K through graduate school worldwide. With 729 elementary schools, 109 secondary schools, and 14 colleges and universities in North America alone, Adventist education endeavors to develop Christian leaders across the country.

We understand that true education strives to restore each student to the image of our Creator, especially as revealed by the life of Jesus Christ. Students are challenged to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and social-emotionally. Character education has been a theme of Adventist education since its inception and our small-school model has proven to be an advantage for our families.

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Small schools provide advantages that might be missed at first glance. Springs Adventist Academy’s small-school format affords more leadership opportunities, better parent-teacher-student communication, a higher level of student accountability, greater student resilience, and more positive self-esteem than many larger schools. Additionally, our multi-grade classrooms build stronger student-teacher relationships and allow for a greater flexibility in learning outcomes than traditional single-grade classrooms.

The Results Are Positive—The Cognitive Genesis Study

  1. Students in all grades, in Adventist schools of all sizes, outperformed the national average in all subjects.
  2. Students in Adventist schools had higher-than-expected academic achievement based on an assessment of individual ability.
  3. Students who transferred to Adventist schools saw a significant improvement in their test scores. Also, the longer students stayed in the Adventist school system, the more they gained in achievement and ability.

For a deeper look into small, Adventist schools, please see Small Schools: How Effective Are the Academics?

For more information, see Adventist Education—A Journey to Excellence.