El Dorado Adventist School
El Dorado Adventist School is a non-profit, WASC accredited, coeducational K-12 school that is owned, operated and run by local church constituencies and the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It is in the Sierra foothill community of Placerville, California.
Established in 1913 as the Wide Awake School servicing 14 elementary students, the school moved to its present location in 1936 and became the Camino-Placerville Junior Academy teaching grades K-10. The school later became El Dorado Junior Academy and existed as a K-10 program until 1996 when a decision was made to become a full K-12 school. The school became El Dorado Adventist School and from 1996–2003, the high school program existed as an extension school of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy in Healdsburg, CA. In the fall of 2003, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists gave El Dorado Adventist School the authorization to become a stand alone, fully functioning K-12 institution and in June 2004, the school celebrated its first official graduates.
The Placerville and Camino Seventh-day Adventist Churches own El Dorado Adventist School in conjunction with the Northern California Conference, which supports and coordinates the efforts of 47 schools and over 3800 students. The Placerville Church has a membership of 757 and the Camino Church has a membership of 255. The pastors of the two churches are heavily involved in the school program of El Dorado Adventist School by serving on the School Board, giving weekly worships and leading out in spiritual activities involving E.A.S. students.
Students are required to participate in 25 hours per year of community service activities (100 hours in order to graduate). The programs range from mission trips to locations such as Peru, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic, volunteer service at the Upper Room Dining Hall (a soup kitchen located down the road from the school), service days hosted by the faculty and staff at EAS, manual labor activities designed to beautify and improve the area around both EAS and the larger community, setting up a homeless shelter for the weekend, and other community activities.
Some of the students have participated in El Dorado County Teen Court, a program that allows young people to be involved in the judicial process in the county and act as lawyers, bailiffs, and jury members in a real court setting. Other students have been involved with the El Dorado County Youth Commission, a group of various students from the public and private high school in the area who work with the Board of Supervisors in the county to create change for the youth. Many of the high school students have attended Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in San Francisco, a weekend program designed to put students in touch with the homeless there and to minister by serving them food and talking with them.
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