Welcome to Portland Adventist Academy. The Christ-centered  and character-driven school.

At PAA we embrace the belief that God is the source of all wisdom. We are reminded of this in Colossians 3:3 where Paul explains that “In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom.”  It is only through Him that we can train our students to be of service to a world that needs Christ-centered and characterdriven people to make a positive impact.

We have a vision that is based on a holistic approach to education. We emphasize not only the academic knowledge that is given by our highly qualified staff, but also the physical, spiritual, and co-curricular achievement of our students.

You will find that in all aspects of our school we reflect the values and teachings of Christ. By keeping Christ as the center of all that we do, we are an institution that is a light to the community. He is the reason why we strive to provide quality in all that we do.

Here at PAA our students are our highest priority. For them we will do everything in our power to introduce them to Christ, teach them ways in which they can grow their character, and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.

Every student is valued at PAA regardless of their socio-economic background, race, beliefs, or culture. God has created each of them for a purpose. That purpose can and will be revealed through their experience at PAA. As a former graduate of PAA I have experienced this first hand. My time at PAA gave me a sense of value, purpose, and direction. My goal is to see that each student experiences the same.

We have a friendly environment that has been established through positive relationships between staff and students. Every student will find that PAA is a safe place where students can reach their goals and potential through a healthy environment. Our teachers are strongly vested in the lives of our students and have their best interests at heart. We are extremely proud of our school and what it represents.

We welcome you with open arms and invite you to visit our website, take a tour of our campus, and come to see that this is a place where students thrive. It would be a great honor and privilege to educate your child and help them be the person who God wants them to be.

Welcome and may God Bless you.

Your friend in Christ,

Sheldon Parris,


Sheldon Parris


Our foundational text:

Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world filled with corruption.

So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.

So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.

– 2 Peter 1:3-11