Standards & Curriculum


About Adventist Education: Preparing young people for success in the 21st century and beyond—this is the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. Since 1872, we’ve practiced “whole person” education—teaching young people not only to excel academically, but to develop healthy bodies and thriving spiritual lives. Our teachers and administrators in the North American Division are dedicated to the success of over 55,000 students in nearly 1,000 Adventist K–12 schools and 15 colleges and universities in Bermuda, Canada, and the United States. Student achievement is above the national average for students who attend Seventh-day Adventist Schools in North America.

Early Childhood Education and Care: Preschool 3 – 5 year olds 

To see young children growing in their love for God and love for others through purposeful integrated learning experiences in a caring Christian environment.

Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has its foundation in the Biblical imperative for purposeful training of the young child. We are admonished to teach the words of Holy Script “diligently unto thy children,” and to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Deuteronomy 6:7, and Proverbs 22:6, KJV). Mile High Academy recognizes that the early education and care of young children is the beginning of a continual growth process.

In partnership with the home and church, it is essential the needs of a child’s spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from birth to entrance into formal schooling. This focus has the full intention of affirming the value of each child and family, bringing them closer to Christ.

Lower School & Middle School Standards Summary: K-8

Standards — what learners should know (content) and be able to do (skills), serve as the framework for curriculum development. Standards in NAD Seventh-day Adventist schools reflect the a Biblical & Adventist worldview across the K-12 curricula as well as the integration of national and provincial/state standards. Mile High Academy accepts the Bible as the standard by which everything else is measured. Four key concepts emerge from a biblical worldview that can be used as a lens for curriculum development, as well as informing the essential questions and big ideas of any content area:

  • Creation (What is God’s intention?)
  • Fall (How has God’s purpose been distorted?)
  • Redemption (How does God help us to respond?)
  • Re-creation (How can we be restored in the image of God?).

Upper School Standards Summary: 9-12

Standards for Secondary Courses in Seventh-day Adventist Schools have been developed to guide an instructional program that is infused with Christian faith and an Adventist worldview. An education of this kind leads to strong academic growth and a clear picture of Christ and His love for mankind. These standards focus on what students should know, understand and be able to do.


  • Provide clear expectations for student learning and accountability.
  • Provide an essential user-friendly tool for developing instruction.
  • Transform textbooks from curriculum guide to a resource for instruction.
  • Provide for a complete and uniform Adventist secondary curriculum.
  • Have been developed exclusively by Seventh-day Adventist educators.
  • Have been aligned with the goals of Journey to Excellence

Have been developed using national and state standards, NAD curriculum guides, and standards compendiums such as those produced by MCREL and Ten Sigma.

Visit the Adventist Education site for more information.