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Seventh-day Adventist education

Seventh-day Adventist educational system
Type Religious/Non-Profit
Region served Worldwide
Parent organization General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is the second-largest Christian school system in the world, after the Roman Catholic system (see Catholic school).[1][2]

It has a total of 7,598 educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.5 million students world-wide.[3]

The denominationally-based school system began in the 1870s.[4] The church supports holistic education:

"Mental, physical, social, and spiritual health, intellectual growth, and service to humanity form a core of values that are essential aspects of the Adventist education philosophy."[4]

The Journal of Adventist Education (JAE) is published.

Education by level




The Adventist Church, usually through Union level administrative units, operates a wide range of post secondary educational institutions in every region of the world that include: -Language Schools -Worker training institutes (ministers, teachers, Bible workers) -Junior Colleges (2 year programs) -Four Year Liberal Arts Colleges -Full Universities offering up to Doctorate -Healthcare focused schools, often associated with Adventist Hospitals -Medical Schools

Education by area

North America

The North American Division Office of Education oversees 1049 schools with 65,000 students in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda.


In some Asian countries, Adventist schools are referred to as "Sam Yuk" (Cantonese), "Samyuk" (Korean), "San iku" (Japanese), or similar, meaning literally "three-bodied". This refers to a holistic education involving the three components of mind, body and spirit/soul. Contemporary approaches commonly include a fourth component, social.

See also


  • Alita Byrd, "The Changing Landscape of Adventist Higher Education in North America". Spectrum 37 (Spring 2009), p37–50
  • Steve Daily, "My Dream for Adventist Higher Education". Adventist Today 8 (Jan–Feb 2000), p18–19
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  4. ^ a b Education on the church's official website

External links

  • Seventh-day Adventist Church Depart of Education official website
  • A Statement on Theological and Academic Freedom and Accountability, voted in 1987
  • "For real education reform, take a cue from the Adventists" by Elissa Kido. The Christian Science Monitor, November 15, 2010
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