The Wilbert F. Mays SDA School is accredited by the
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Education
The Wilbert F. Mays SDA School is Registered under the
National Council for Private Schools Accreditation (NCPSA)
Wilbert F. Mays SDA School is licensed by the State of New Jersey and benefit from grants provided by the State
The Seventh-day Adventist educational system includes elementary and high schools, colleges, and universities in countries around the globe.
The mission of the Wilbert F. Mays Seventh-day Adventist School is the development of students who are committed to academic excellence, Christian values, and social responsibility, through Christ-centered teaching that integrates faith and learning.
The Wilbert F. Mays 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.
The Wilbert F. Mays 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, Columbia Union,and the Allegheny East Conference Corporation Office of Education.
Safe and Sound
We believe in the safety of our children and few decisions are as important—and potentially life-changing—as choosing a school for your children. In this video you will learn some of the history of Adventist Christian education. Hear from some of our committed Christian teachers and see how Adventist Christian education provides a quality academic experience in a caring Christian environment.
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Journey to Excellence Video
Hear from administrators, teachers, parents, and students about the quality academics, strong curriculum, and integrated spiritual and moral content of our school.
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The Advantages of a Multi-grade classroom
Most of us today are accustomed to a classroom of students who are all in the same grade. This is called a singlegrade classroom. When a teacher teaches a classroom of students of different ages and grade levels, this is called a multi-grade classroom. In the spring of 2006 our church decided to expand onto our successful preschool (Thank you, Jesus!) by adding grades K – 3. Grades K -3 were taught in a multi-grade classroom.
When some hear that we are offering multigrade classrooms, this may catch them offguard. But it ought to win their keen attentionbecause a multi-grade classroom can offer benefits not easily replicated in a single-grade classroom.
The Shift In Classroom Structure —This May Surprise You!
Which nation boasts the highest literacy rate in the world? It’s New Zealand, a nation where multi-grade classrooms are common today, just as they once were in America.1“Rural America has its own history of multi-age one- or –two-room schoolhouse. The oneroom schoolhouse offered certain attributes that were very sound educationally. First of all, children remained with the same teacher and primarily the same class of students for multiple years. School was a stable, reliable environment for the children…
Second, the mix of ages and abilities provided optimum opportunities for student collaboration [as] older students served as role models... There was no apparent ceiling on the content taught, discussed, or overheard with the room, which benefited older students by design and younger students more incidentally.”1
If multi-grade classrooms are so beneficial, why the shift to single-grade classrooms? The answer may shock you: mass production.
The concept of single-graded classrooms actually began in 1848 in industrialized Massachusetts as a way to “educate more children for less money.”2 In other words, the students’ welfare was not the foremost reason when an “assembly-line concept” of education entered the classroom.
“The practice of our present system [of single-graded classrooms] did not evolve from any research base… but it evolved and became a deeply ingrained tradition more by accident and economics.”2 READ MORE >>>