In the 1870s Seventh-day Adventist church founders recognized the importance of holistic education and began to develop a denominationally-based school system. The Adventist church's
interests in education grew from the philosophy that students at all levels of schooling are uniquely valuable and should be educated to use their God-given capacities to become individuals of principle, qualified for any position of life. Education was to begin in the home where the basic values of redemptive discipline and mental and physical health were to be balanced with the importance of work.
Since those early days Adventists have embraced the philosophy
that education should be redemptive in nature, for the purpose of
restoring human beings to the image of God, our Creator. 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.
Research is proving the benefit of this holistic approach in the 21st century. (See CognitiveGenesis Report
.) Ninety-four thousand educators teach two million students in 8,000 accredited schools, colleges, and universities on every continent but Antarctica. (See the statistical report
.) Schools welcome all students seeking excellence in Christian education.