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PORTLAND ADVENTIST ACADEMY Spiritual Statement
The spiritual mission of Portland Adventist Academy is to minister to the students and staff in a graceful environment and to facilitate their journey to the heart of God. We desire to focus on Christ centeredness along with the formation of character, hence the motto, Christ-Centered – Character Driven, which we try to live by in all that we do. Whether it be in the classroom, in the athletic or music arena, student leadership, social relationships, or worship, we seek to pursue Christ first and His ideals for our lives. This includes the core values of courage, leadership, integrity, curiosity, and concern. Portland Adventist Academy is a school which pursues excellence in all that we do, but we also realize that with Christ as the cornerstone of our lives, all the achievements and knowledge we accrue is ultimately without merit. It is for this reason that the faculty and staff view themselves as ministers of God’s grace first and foremost, and have the good fortune of using their areas of fitness to dispense grace to the students while encouraging students to do likewise.
We also recognize God’s call upon us, so we strive to develop the mind of Christ in staff and students. In the character development process, we learn to be responsible citizens and to be accountable to ourselves, each other, and God. It is our desire to make a living example of the golden rule; to honor and respect human life in everything we do.
Christ-Centered – Character Driven is the ideal that serves as the umbrella that covers and provides direction for all that we do. Whether we are influencing the heart for Christ, affecting the head of values and information, or learning to honor each other and respect life. Most importantly, we wish to dispense grace in all things because we realize that we are in process, an unfinished work valued by Christ above all else.
PORTLAND ADVENTIST ACADEMY Mission Statement
At Portland Adventist Academy we believe that God has revealed His plan for
humankind, and both communion between God and humans, and service to others constitute the real purpose and mission of the Christian life. We believe, too, that the way to enhance the
mission of the school and the unique mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church is to
empower the individual: to place the student, not the institution, at the center of the learning
Portland Adventist Academy provides the tools that not only improve the more
conventional ways people learn, work, play, think, and communicate with each other, but also
inspire people to do things in new and creative ways. A school can only be as productive and
influential as its individual members, so improving the student's school experience is at the
center of everything we believe and do. The innovation and creativity of a person's thinking and
performance depend entirely on the quality of his or her total experience, not just on the
information he or she is asked to learn.
Portland Adventist Academy offers the tools, materials and environment designed to
increase the personal growth as well as the spiritual, intellectual, physical and social experience
of the individual.