Explore – Engage – Transform

One thing that makes our school special is our desire to teach beyond the book, beyond the test, and beyond the classroom.

It is our goal to help our students explore the world, engage positively with others, and transform their characters and walks with Christ.

BeyondPAA is the name we give to the many opportunities that strengthen a student’s character and walk with Christ. It includes events like global and local mission trips, service experiences, class wilderness excursions & leadership challenges, Bible camp, music tours, and many spiritual events led by both students and adults.

This school year, we are excited to offer students two educational tours, five mission trips, and multiple music trips! 

Mission Trips
Fiji / Bahamas / Cuba / Myanmar / Impact Portland 

Education Trips
Washington D.C. (spring break) 
U.S. History Tour/Class (summer 2017)

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I love chapel, week of prayer and our vespers programs. It’s been really inspiring to me and thought provoking. I love singing worship songs in chapel and vespers. And Bible camp was awesome!
~ Kalli Creitz
The Hurricane Sandy mission trip opened a new door for me. I learned it’s not just about material things- it’s not about the clothes and food. It’s about those people knowing we are willing to help them and hear them.
~ Lindsey Kim
Bible camp, agape feast and mission trips... Without those opportunities my walk with God wouldn’t be as strong.
~ Sarah Bailey
Vespers is personal and intimate. It’s a place to share yourself and discuss important stuff. The best part is that you feel listened to and not judged.
~ Trent Torkelson

Mission of BeyondPAA

  1. To explore other cultures while participating in activities that will help students to see the relevance of being God’s hands and feet.
  2. To provide adequate time for students to engage with God and reflect upon His activity in the world around us and how we can be part of what He is doing.
  3. To encourage students to engage with whom they come in contact – learning about them, about their world, and about their unique perspectives on living.
  4. To develop a broad array of intercultural learning and development experiences that will allow students to develop their unique gifts and abilities and to learn how those gifts and abilities can be used to make the world a better place.
  5. To produce young people whose perspectives have been transformed and who have developed greater cultural sensitivity, a sense of purpose, and a vision for how they are uniquely gifted to serve others.
  6. To transform culture with the message of Jesus being delivered by people who make loving people the center of their mission.


  • We offer a variety of options for students to participate in throughout the year and summer through mission, educational, musical, and recreational activities and events.
  • At the beginning of each school year, we hold an informational meeting to present the options and give families time to pray, consider, and select options for their student to participate in.
  • We do our best to streamline paperwork and process so that things are easy to understand and there is minimal duplication.

Things you can be assured of

  • Event and project locations as well as student safety are considered carefully.
  • Adequate supervision and professional leadership is in place.
  • Good food and water is always available.
  • Medical professionals are quickly accessible for minor issues and emergency plans are in place for a crisis.
  • Students are “stretched” carefully and under supervision.
  • Each trip has specific goals that will all be relevant to the BeyondPAA mission and vision.