As Seventh-day Adventist educators, we make it our goal to nurture the body, mind, and spirit of every student entering our schools. This holistic approach to education has received recent attention through the CognitiveGenesis study, comparing students in Adventist schools to the national average. From 2006 to 2011, researchers from La Sierra University collected data from over 50,000 students attending Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States. They then used the results from the nationally standardized IOWA tests to compare the students in our schools to the national average in reading, mathematics, social studies, science, language arts, and sources of information. The study found that students in SDA schools scored higher in every subject! These findings held true for every demographic, and the longer a student attended one of our Adventist schools, the higher that student achieved. Regardless of the school’s size or budget, Adventist students outperformed their peers every time.
Cognitive Genesis also found that students in Adventist schools perform higher than their personal predicted achievement. This means that according to cognitive assessments, students in our schools actually achieve more than we would expect! This study showed time and time again that Adventist schools provide the best environment for students to learn, grow, and reach their highest potential.
Most importantly, Seventh-day Adventist schools prepare students for life on earth and life in heaven. Teachers share not only academic knowledge with their students, but also wisdom and Godly counsel that lead their students through life’s toughest challenges. Each day begins with practical lessons from God’s Holy Word—lessons that teach students how to walk with their Creator, serve those in their communities, and become the people God intended them to be. As students learn throughout the day, they are reminded of how each subject relates to their personal lives, and they use their knowledge to make a positive difference in the world around them. Seventh-day Adventist education provides students the opportunity to grow in every area, leading to meaningful lives today and throughout eternity.