The Approach and Philosophy of Adventist Education
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes God as the ultimate source of existence, truth, and power. In the beginning God created in His image a perfect humanity, a perfection later marred by sin. Education in its broadest sense is a means of returning human beings to their original relationship with God. The distinctive characteristics of this Adventist worldview, built around creation, the fall, redemption through Jesus Christ, and re-creation, are derived from the Bible.
The aim of true education is to restore human beings into the image of God as revealed by the life of Jesus Christ. Only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit can this be accomplished. An education of this kind imparts far more than academic knowledge. It fosters a balanced development of the whole person—spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional—a process that spans a lifetime. Working together, homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies to prepare learners to be good citizens in this world and for eternity.
- Learners will choose to accept God as the Creator and the Redeemer.
- Learners will grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s creation.
- Learners will creatively apply their spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional knowledge.
- Learners will demonstrate their commitment to the Creator through service to others.
Our High Academics
- Teachers have high expectations for each student.
- High achieving 8th graders can take some high school subjects.
- Math and Reading Curriculums are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Our Small Class Size
- Averages between 10 and 20 students per classroom.
- Allows individual attention and instruction - students can be given remedial or accelerated work very easily.
- Fosters a warm, nurturing family-like environment very conducive to learning.
- Allows work to be graded soon after it is done so re-teaching can take place if necessary and potential problem areas are caught early.
- Allows teachers to communicate regularly with all parents on the progress of their children.
Our Multi-Grade Classrooms
- Allow students to be easily accelerated in math and other subjects.
- Expose students to content they would not get in the traditional single-grade classroom.
- Foster high academics.
- Allow a family environment where cross-age tutoring and encouragement is fostered.
Our Music Program and Other Extras
- Involves all students K-8 in music classes and music performances.
- Involves all students in a weekly art class and a weekly music class.
- Allows students to work towards a Presidential Physical Fitness Award in P.E. class.
- Assumes student involvement in other activities such as Science Fairs, Academic Expos, Music Festivals, Bell Choir Festivals, Field Day, Outdoor Education, and field trips.
Our Frequent Communication with Parents
- Is maintained with news notes/grade notes being sent home frequently.
- Includes posting daily grades online, fostering high parent involvement.
- Ensures that potential problems are caught early and parents/teachers can work together for a successful solution.
- Allows for no surprises at parent-teacher conferences or on reports cards because parents know how their child is progressing all along.
Our Christian Environment
- Provides a safe, friendly atmosphere with students of high moral principles.
- Helps students grow in their relationship with Christ (our most important goal).
- Provides involvement in outreach activities (sending shoe boxes of goodies to poor children around the world at Christmas, sending care packages to overseas troops, collecting donations to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, etc.).
- Ensures that all subjects are taught from a Christian/Biblical perspective.
- Provides daily Bible classes and weekly Friday worships to direct students' minds to Jesus.
- May be the most important investment you will ever make. It can yield eternal dividends!
Our Extra-Curricular Activities
- Allows students to participate in Wednesday evening Adventurers (Grades 1-4) and Pathfinders (Grades 5 and up), giving students an opportunity to do fun crafts, earn honor patches, participate in outreach activities, and learn more about Jesus.
Toledo Junior Academy is chartered by the State of Ohio and is supervised and accredited through the Ohio Conference and Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.