We are a Seventh Day Adventist School empowering our students to be critical thinkers, to serve others and to foster a relationship with Jesus.
The Dunlap Adventist 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.
We have a dream that our children will lead the way into a bright future…
We believe each child is unique and has something special to give to the world. We will encourage children to express their own ideas, thoughts and feelings and we will respect that each student is uniquely and wonderfully made. We will assist our students in building positive character traits that will help them in this world and the world to come. We will impress upon their minds the importance of leading a life that is a witness to others, while ministering to those around them in such a way as to demonstrate God’s love.
We have a dream that our children will follow Jesus with heart, mind and soul…
The greatest job of a teacher is that of molding young minds with the desire to follow Jesus all the way in every aspect of their lives. We dream that every one of our students will be in the heavenly kingdom with us. Students learn best by example and we feel that it is our responsibility to demonstrate our love for our Savior in such a way that they will be given the desire to know Him as their Savior and friend. We believe that Jesus and His love should be interwoven in every subject throughout the day. The students should see Jesus in a teacher both in and out of the classroom. The most important work of a teacher is to set before the world an example that will honor God.
We have a dream that our classrooms will be environments of active learning and happiness…
Teaching in a classroom should be a passion, not just a job. We believe each teacher is responsible for teaching new strategies and techniques to meet the ever-changing needs of students today. The types of learning should be varied such as group learning, projects, integrated units, individual work and hands on activities. The greatest goal is to teach in such away to help the student feel success and pride in the work accomplished. Students should be active learners who blossom and grow under the teacher’s direction. The classroom should be a safe, caring and pleasant environment where each child feels accepted, comfortable and happy.
We have a dream that our children will love each other as Christ loves them…
Matthew 7:12 (NIV) states this best when it says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Each child needs to be taught by example and instruction to respect the differences of others. Each teacher needs to teach the “Fruits of the Spirit” and help each student to understand and use these character traits to solve their differences. A teacher should also treat their students with love and respect and demonstrate Christ’s love as the example even when discipline is necessary.
The Dunlap Adventist School is operated in harmony with the guidance and direction of the Office of Education, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.