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Does my family have to be Adventist for my child to attend an Adventist school?

Absolutely not! If you are a Christian, or at least sympathetic with Christian beliefs, you and your child will benefit thoroughly from an Adventist education.

Will an Adventist school try to turn my child into a Seventh-day Adventist?

Adventist Education respects and nurtures freedom of thought. Our students are encouraged to develop skills that will help them make sound moral decisions, regardless of their creed or belief system. As Adventists, we believe that church membership is a choice that is made willingly. The decision to become baptized and join the Adventist church is not taken lightly, and is prayerfully sought at a time when a person is old enough to make that decision.

Are Adventist schools accredited? Do they provide a comprehensive education as other public or private schools do?

Yes! In California, ACS WASC (The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges) extends its services to over 4,600 public, independent, church-related, charter, online, supplementary education programs/centers, and proprietary pre-K-12 and adult schools; and works with 17 associations in joint accreditation processes, and collaborates with other organizations such as the California Department of Education, the Hawaii Department of Education, the Association of Christian Schools International, the Council of International Schools, and the International Baccalaureate. Adventist schools are aligned with the National Common Core State Standards thereby providing a comprehensive education for your child. If you’re interested in our school feel free to contact us, and we'll put you in touch with students and parents to get a sense of what West Valley Christian School is like. We think you’ll find that West Valley can provide a safe and caring environment for your child.

What is the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

The worldwide Adventist church has over 15 million members in more than 200 countries. Adventists operate 7200 plus schools worldwide, with nearly 1.5 million students. As an institution, they also run 168 hospitals worldwide, 138 nursing homes and retirement centers, 442 clinics and dispensaries, and 34 orphanages and children’s homes. ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, is an international disaster relief organization which funds over 2,400 projects in 112 countries.

What does the name “Seventh-day Adventist” refer to?

The name “Seventh-day Adventist” refers to two core beliefs. First, respecting the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments. As Adventists we worship on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. Second, the name “Adventist” refers to Jesus Christ’s promise to return. Adventists believe in the imminent advent, or return, of Jesus Christ. You can find out more about Adventists [--here--].

Where did Adventists come from?

The Seventh-day Adventist church grew in the mid 1840s during the Second great Awakening, a time of religious revival in the United States. Its first members came from the Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Christian connection congregations, but over the following decades the denomination has grown into a worldwide church with millions of members. The church is well known for its excellence in healthcare, education, and human service activities.

What is the Mission of Adventists?

From the very beginning, Adventists have focused on the importance of education and healthcare. Adventists run the second largest denominational education system in the world. Adventist hospitals and clinics, such as Florida Hospital, are considered to be one of America's busiest hospitals. You’ll find at least one Adventist healthcare center in any major U.S. metropolitan area. Adventists are also active in providing schools and hospitals where they are needed around the world.

Why do Adventists put such an emphasis on Lifestyle?

One of the founding principles of the Adventist church is a healthy lifestyle—a balanced combination of exercise, diet, and trust in God. Adventists are generally vegetarian, do not smoke, or drink alcohol. They also operate successful stop-smoking clinics worldwide. The city of Loma Linda in California, a primarily Adventist community, was recently named by researcher Dan Buettner a “blue zone” or “longevity oasis”. In Loma Linda, he has found residents who not only have the longest life expectancy on earth, but are happier and healthier, too.