What sets us apart?
With the goal of preparing young people for the 21st century and beyond, the Mission of the Springfield Seventh-Day Adventist Junior Academy is to provide quality, Christ-centered education that empowers our students to attain academic excellence and be effective citizens in their communities, while reaching God’s ideal for their lives through spiritual and moral integrity, thus preparing them for eternity …today.
The vision of SSAJA is that every student will excel in knowledge, understanding, life skills, faith and humble service, rightly blending biblical truth and academic achievement to bless others and honor God.
Seventh-day Adventists value every individual as a unique person created in the image of God with distinctive gifts, talents and abilities. Therefore, our educational system is based on the development of the whole person. The Springfield Seventh-Day Adventist Junior Academy (SSAJA) adopts as its philosophy the fundamental belief that true education “means more than the pursuit of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy and wider service in the world to come." Education p. 13. We aim to prepare students for life and a career; to inspire a love of learning, respect others and become valuable, contributing members of society; in essence to develop a character in the likeness of our Creator.
Students who attend and complete their elementary education at SSAJA will:
Develop an awareness of God and His personal interest in our day-to-day activitiesby becoming acquainted with the great themes of the Bible as recorded in sacred history
Be instilled with the ideals of honesty, personal integrity, purity, dependability, neatness, and punctuality
Cultivate a sense of belonging in their community through regular community service activities, thus enabling them to develop a desire to meet the needs of others, while refining the communication and interpersonal skills needed to meet their responsibilities in the family unit
Be exposed to the close relationship between the spirit, mind, and body through the teaching of healthy living in the classroom, the value of labor, as well as through physical education and recreation programs
Cultivate an understanding of multi-cultural diversity consistent with correct historical perspectives, taking into consideration religious, social, scientific, racial, and economic forces which shape our global environment
Develop good citizenship skills which will allow him/her to become a responsible, understanding and respectful leader in the community. These skills will enhance the student’s ability to respond to the needs of others.
Learn to develop an appreciation for God’s creation and accept responsibility for his/her environment, the outgrowth of which will arouse an interest in the fine arts, nature and sustainability in each student.
Adopt principles of Christian stewardship, utilize a dignified work ethic, and become effective managers of their financial and personal resources.