Oregon Seventh-day Adventist Curriculum
Students of Central Valley Christian School receive a quality, hands-on education through multi-grade classroom environments with low student to teacher ratios.
Teachers engage students in project-based learning opportunities that provide real world examples to enhance their textbook lessons.
Adventist Education, established in the 1870s, is based on developing the whole child to reflect all that Jesus created them to be. Because of this foundation, and the continued pursuit of high standards, Adventist Education has a world-wide reputation for outstanding curriculum and high achievements, using Christ-centered, best teaching practices.
In Oregon, we strive to make Jesus a part of every aspect of our curriculum. We also believe that we are to follow the foundational goals of education:
Restore the image of God in every child
Develop each child holistically: body, mind, and spirit
Teach students to be thinkers and not mere reflectors
Equip students to share the life of Christ
Prepare students for success in the 21st Century
Our process for developing standards and selecting curriculum involves three levels of educators: the local conference (Oregon), the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC), and the North American Division (NAD). These professionals are responsible for research, examination, evaluation, and implementation of newly-adopted curriculum. We strive to use the highest quality curriculum available to reinforce best teaching practices. Currently, NAD has published Seventh-day Adventist textbook series for Bible, Language Arts, Health, and Science courses.
As a Christ-first school, Central Valley Christian School has chosen to identify 10 qualities of Jesus to emphasize with students. Each quality is emphasized each month of the school year, woven into curriculum, school-wide worship, visual messaging, and goal setting. These qualities have become the pillars of Central Valley’s culture.
And while those qualities emphasize life-changing aspects of character development for children, they also provide foundations for Christ-like leadership growth. At CVCS, we cannot separate Christ-like character development from a focus on how best to equip children to impact society positively. That’s where we want students moving: toward a reflection of Jesus as they become difference makers for their communities.
Our math standards are created in cooperation with the Oregon Conference, the NPUC, and the NAD, from a Seventh-day Adventist worldview perspective. Although it is important for these teams to connect with all other available standards, the standards remain our own.
We do not use Common Core standards and are not bound to any curriculum, testing, or other elements of the Common Core.
The NAD mathematics committee researched and wrote new standards in 2012. Once those standards were established, the committee interviewed several publishing companies to gauge which provider could best fit the educational system’s needs. Go Math and Big Ideas were selected. Although there is a Common Core logo on the front of each textbook, close inspection reveals the complete series meets NAD standards and exceeds all other standards.
As with mathematics, our language arts standards are created in cooperation with the Oregon Conference, the NPUC, and the NAD, from a Seventh-day Adventist worldview perspective. That alignment begins with the NAD created Pathways program for elementary literacy development.
In addition to the identified standards above, Central Valley Christian School prioritizes student literacy in multiple ways. For school year 2016-17, that meant a school-wide emphasis on fluency growth. Students were challenged to read a minimum of 30 age-appropriate books from September to the end of May. Roughly 75% of all students met or exceeded that challenge.
Beginning with school year 2017-18, literacy growth will be assessed using Measures of Academic Progress testing three times each school year.
According to CognitiveGenesis, a 4-year study of 30,000 North American Adventist school students, grades 3–9 and 11, each year at an Adventist school improves students’ average scholastic achievement. This research, conducted at La Sierra University, is validating what parents, teachers, and students involved in Adventist education have known for years—that, overall, Adventist school students perform better than the national average.