Summit Christian Academy is part of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist school network which was established in 1853. Today, Adventist schools can be found in nearly 150 countries across the globe and are one of the largest Christian education systems in the world. Seventh-day Adventist schools consistently place high in national education rankings, such as those from U.S. News and World Report, and Adventist education has been featured in the film "The Blueprint" by Journey Films.
While families and students do not need to be Adventists to attend our school, we feel you and your family will gain the most benefit from an Adventist education if you are a Christian or sympathetic with Bible-based, Christian beliefs.
To learn more about Adventists and our education system, we invite you to visit adventisteducation.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Through the questions below, we hope you gain a better understanding of Adventist Education and Seventh-day Adventist Christians. Please contact the school if you have additional questions that are not answered below.
Does my family need to be Seventh-day Adventist or attend a Seventh-day Adventist church to enroll our children in the school?
Families of students and students do not need to be Seventh-day Adventist to be enrolled in or attend our school. Nor do you need to attend a local Seventh-day Adventist church. However, we do feel that your family and student(s) will gain the most benefit from our school if you are a Christian or sympathetic with Bible-based, Christian beliefs.
Will an Adventist school try to turn my child into a Seventh-day Adventist?
At an Adventist school, students’ freedom to think for themselves is respected and nurtured, and students are encouraged to learn how to make good moral decisions regardless of their creed or belief system. One key Adventist principle is that no one should be pressured into church membership, but join willingly as they choose. Children of Adventist parents become baptized members only when they are old enough to make the decision consciously and responsibly.
Are Adventist schools accredited? Do they provide as complete an education as other public or private schools?
Every Adventist school is accredited by a state or national accrediting body. In addition, the church office of education also operates a comprehensive accrediting process to maintain a high standard of excellence in all Adventist schools. If you’re interested in a particular Adventist school, feel free to contact that school and ask to be put in touch with students and parents who attend that school to get a sense of what the education is like. We think you’ll find, as an ongoing study is finding, that on average Adventist schools are better places to learn than any other. See all three of our accreditations by clicking here.
What is the Seventh-day Adventist Church?
The worldwide Adventist church has over 15 million members in more than 200 countries. Adventists operate 7200+ schools worldwide with nearly 1.5 million students. They also run 168 hospitals worldwide, 138 nursing homes and retirement centers, 442 clinics and dispensaries, and 34 orphanages and children’s homes. In addition, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), an international, disaster-relief organization, 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. Respecting the fourth of God’s Ten Commandments, Adventists worship on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. “Adventist” refers to Jesus Christ’s promise to return and take his followers home to heaven. Adventists believe in the imminent advent, or return, of Jesus Christ. You can find out more about Adventists at www.adventist.org.