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 part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is overseen by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The educational system is a Christian school based-system.[1][2]

The Seventh-day Adventist Church associated with a total of 7,598 educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.5 million students worldwide.[3] The association of related educators publish the Journal of Adventist Education (JAE) a magazine that focuses on seventh day adventist curriculum and teaching.[4]

The denominationally-based school system began in the 1870s.[5] 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.[5]

Education by level[edit]




The Adventist Church, usually through Union-level administrative units, is associated with a number of post secondary educational institutions around 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 coordinates with 1,049 schools with 65,000 students in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda.

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