About Our School
Are these impressive facts or just well-intentioned propaganda? The Cognitive Genesis study was born out of the desire to create an empirical data bank that could answer the following questions:
- How well are students doing academically?
- Are there unique, identifiable qualities that are related to Seventh-day Adventist academics? If so, what are they?
- How do SDA students compare, in academic performance, to their public and private school counterparts?
- What needs to be improved, in order to provide the best possible education for our children?
The longer children attend Adventist schools, the higher their average achievement.
CognitiveGenesis is a 4-year study following 30,000 students, grades 3–9 and 11; enrolled in Adventist schools across North America.
This groundbreaking and rigorous research, conducted by La Sierra University, is validating what parents, teachers, and students involved in Adventist education have known for years. On average, students from Adventist schools perform better.
Students, on average, not only score a half-grade-level higher in all subjects, but also with more years in attendance increase their average achievement to the 73rd percentile.
Are higher levels of acheivement related to the size of a school?
It doesn't matter how large or small a school is, how many students there are, the number of grades per teacher- or even how many grades are represented per classroom. Children achieve at the same high level-an average of half a grade above predicted-in all subjects.
4 years, 30,000 students.
Students who attend Adventist schools achieve half a grade level higher than predicted in all subjects, based on their ability scores. They also gain the benefits of Adventist education shown by other research—strong spiritual lives and healthy lifestyle choices.
"Student achievement is above average and above prediction, based on ability of students who attend Seventh-day Adventist schools in North America."
—CognitiveGenesis Report, Year Two