Multi-grade Education
A multi-grade classroom fosters a variety of benefits to a child’s education that cannot be attained in a larger school. “Bigger is Not Necessarily Better” is a quick read that explains this more.

Adventist Education Scores Higher…
Cognitive Genesis, a 4 year study just completed that assessed Adventist academics, has found that students in Adventist schools score above average in all subject areas compared to the national norm.

“Students in every grade tested (3-9 and 11), at all ability levels (from special-needs to gifted), and in schools of every size (from one-room schools to the largest schools), perform at or above the national average in all areas tested (reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and sources of information). There are negligible differences between achievement levels in large and small schools.”
(“Assessing Adventist Academics.” Journal of Adventist Education. Dec.08/Jan.09, p.5-10)
Adventist Education & Common Core

Click here to read the official statement from Adventist Education about our view and use of Common Core.

Our Philosophy

The Upper Columbia Academy Elementary School is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide a spiritually oriented education for children. A belief in the existence of the Creator God is fundamental in the philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist schools. We respect His divine authority and recognize His intervention in human affairs. We believe that true education develops the spiritual, mental, and physical powers of each student; preparing them for the joy of service in this life and for the higher joy of service in the life to come. To achieve this goal, we encourage each student to:

  • develop a personal relationship with God and his fellow men as stated in Matthew 2:37-39
  • master the basic academic skills
  • value labor, physical and mental, as the
  • blessing God intended
  • cultivate physical fitness, mental ability, and moral purity as the blessing God intended.

The Upper Columbia Academy Elementary School operated in harmony with the guidance and direction of the Office of Education, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.



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