Welcome to AJA
The Focus of Adventist Education
The primary objective of Adventist education is to lead students into a deeper relationship with Christ, and equip them with the skills to be lifelong servants of God. The educational setting becomes the platform for growing disciples for Christ. Excellence in education is important because students are being educated to serve God all their lives.
Adventist education is much more than the rigorous academic standards and high student achievement.
It is fostering a faith in God and a respect for all; building characters that will stand firm in a world of compromise.
It is nurturing independent thinking and promoting a lifetime of service over selfish ambition.
It is training young people for service to the world and to the church.
It is commitment to educating the whole person – physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual.
Adventist education believes in creating experiences that foster a lifelong love of learning. The ingredients are simple:
A Bible-based curriculum
Interactive teaching strategies driven by scientific research
A safe and secure environment where all abilities and talents are honored and accepted
ADVENTIST SCHOOLS PROVIDE
"True education is More than the pursuit of a certain course of study." Education p. 13
More opportunities for students to know their Heavenly Father and Jesus their "Brother"
More of a safe environment: emotionally, physically, and spiritually
More emphasis given to developing a Christ-like Character
More understanding that their lives have a purpose - God has a specific plan to use them to honor Himself
More Opportunities to discover the joy of serving Christ by helping others
More emphasis on a healthy life style
More opportunities to develop leadership skills
More opportunities for you children to see snapshots of Jesus lived out in the lives of His teachers
More of a family setting
The CognitiveGenesis Study
From 2006 to 2009, the project gathered massive amounts of data about the academic achievement and abilities of 51,706 students in more than 800 Adventist elementary schools and academies in the United States. The students were in grades 3 to 9, and also in grade 11. Every conference and nearly every school participated.
The study was designed to show how well students are doing in the Adventist school system and how their academic achievement compares to the achievement of students in other school systems. Standardized Iowa achievement tests were given each year to gather this data.
In addition to measuring knowledge and skills with achievement tests, the researchers wanted to assess students’ ability to learn, adapt, solve problems and understand instructions—their aptitude. The Cognitive Abilities Test was used each year to gather this data.
Finally, students, parents, teachers and school administrators were surveyed to help identify factors that might influence academic achievement and thinking ability.
STUDY FINDING: In all grades, in schools of all sizes, students in Adventist schools outperformed the national average in all subjects. Results in link below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does my family have to be Adventist to attend?
Absolutely not! AJA is not limited to the children of Seventh-day Adventist parents, but is selective. AJA is not equipped to accommodate students who have severe behavioral problems as it does not have a remedial staff that can meet the needs of a student with emotional or severe learning disabilities. If you are a Christian, or at least sympathetic with Christian beliefs, you and your child will benefit thoroughly from an Adventist education.
Will an Adventist school try to turn my child into a Seventh-day Adventist?
Adventist Education respects and nurtures freedom of thought. Our students are encouraged to develop skills that will help them make sound moral decisions, regardless of their creed or belief system. As Adventists, we believe that church membership is a choice that is made willingly. The decision to become baptized and join the Adventist church is not taken lightly, and is prayerfully sought at a time when a person is old enough to make that decision.
What is the Seventh-day Adventist Church?
The worldwide Adventist church has over 15 million members in more than 200 countries. Adventists operate 7200 plus schools worldwide, with nearly 1.5 million students. As an institution, they also run 168 hospitals worldwide, 138 nursing homes and retirement centers, 442 clinics and dispensaries, and 34 orphanages and children’s homes. ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, is an international disaster relief organization which funds over 2,400 projects in 112 countries.
What does the name “Seventh-day Adventist” refer to?
The name “Seventh-day Adventist” refers to two core beliefs. First, respecting the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments. As Adventists we worship on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. Second, the name “Adventist” refers to Jesus Christ’s promise to return. Adventists believe in the imminent advent, or return, of Jesus Christ. Find out more about Adventists check out - https://www.adventist.org/en/beliefs/
What is the Mission of Adventists?
From the very beginning, Adventists have focused on the importance of education and healthcare. Adventists run the second largest denominational education system in the world. Adventist hospitals and clinics, such as Florida Hospital, are considered to be one of America's busiest hospitals. You’ll find at least one Adventist healthcare center in any major U.S. metropolitan area. Adventists are also active in providing schools and hospitals where they are needed around the world.
Why do Adventists put such an emphasis on Lifestyle?
One of the founding principles of the Adventist church is a healthy lifestyle—a balanced combination of exercise, diet, and trust in God. Adventists are generally vegetarian, do not smoke, or drink alcohol. They also operate successful stop-smoking clinics worldwide. The city of Loma Linda in California, a primarily Adventist community, was recently named by researcher Dan Buettner a “blue zone” or “longevity oasis”. In Loma Linda, he has found residents who not only have the longest life expectancy on earth, but are happier and healthier, too.