Seventh-day Adventist education

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Seventh-day Adventist educational system
Shenandoah Valley Academy pictured in 1924.jpg
Type Religious/Non-Profit
Region served
Parent organization
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is the second-largest Christian school-system in the world, after the Roman Catholic system.[1][2]

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a total of 7,598 educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.5 million students worldwide.[3]

The denominationally-based school system began in the 1870s.[4] The church supports holistic education:

Mental, physical, social, and spiritual health, intellectual growth, and service to humanity form a core of values that are essential aspects of the Adventist education philosophy.

— [4]

The Journal of Adventist Education (JAE) is published.

Education by level[edit]




The Adventist Church, usually through Union-level administrative units, operates a wide range of post secondary educational institutions in every region of the world that include:

  • language schools
  • Worker-training institutes (ministers, teachers, Bible workers)
  • Junior Colleges (2-year programs)
  • four-year liberal-arts colleges
  • full universities offering education up to doctorate level
  • healthcare-focused schools, often associated with Adventist hospitals
  • medical schools

Education by area[edit]

North America[edit]

The North American Division Office of Education oversees 1049 schools with 65,000 students in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda.


In some Asian countries, Adventist schools are referred to as "Sam Yuk" (Cantonese), "Samyuk" (Korean), "San iku" (Japanese), or similar, meaning literally "three-bodied". This refers to a holistic education involving the three components of mind, body and spirit/soul. Contemporary approaches commonly include a fourth component, social.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Is the end near? A look at Seventh-day adventists". 
  2. ^ The Christian Science Monitor. "For real education reform, take a cue from the Adventists". The Christian Science Monitor. 
  3. ^ "Department of Education :: Seventh-day Adventist Church". 
  4. ^ a b Education on the church's official website

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