Northview Adventist School is a co-educational day school operated by the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for the purpose of educating Christian youth. Because Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the Word of God and the writings of Ellen G. White as divine revelation, Northview SDA Christian School desires to follow the counsel therein by offering its students a program that strives for balance among the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social aspects of life. Since humans were originally created in the image of God but have lost that perfect nature through sin, it is the goal of true education to assist youth in experiencing restoration of divine character by learning more of Christ. Through a correct knowledge of God, fellowship with Him in study and service, each student is encouraged to develop a likeness of his or her Creator and form characters fit for heaven.
"It is the work of true education...to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men's thoughts...True education means more than the pursuit of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that is now. 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 students for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come." Education, pp. 13-17
And this is life eternal, that they might know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent. John 17:3 (NKJ)
The Seventh-day Adventist educational program gives primary emphasis to spiritual development, but at the same time provision is made for high achievement in the core curriculum. Northview desires to prepare youth for effective citizenship in this world, and the rewards of citizenship in the world to come. Therefore, the objectives of this school are as follows:
- To present Jesus Christ as a personal Savior whom youth can know and relate to on a personal level.
- To assist students in obtaining a good understanding of the Scriptures as the basis for faith and to understand the Spirit of Prophecy as God's special message to His remnant Church.
- To lead students to adopt the philosophy and standards of Seventh-day Adventists as their mode of life.
- To develop a sense of loyalty to, and vigor for, the mission of Christ to carry the Gospel to all the world. This is put into practice through Bible labs and other activities.
- To provide students with the understanding of the religious, historical, political, social, scientific, aesthetic, and economic forces that shape contemporary life.
- To encourage mastery in educational efforts, both in the gathering of knowledge and in the use of the tools of learning
- To develop a mental discipline which includes faithfulness to all responsibilities and appointments.
- To develop an appreciation for human relationships based on the value of Christ's teachings, and thus to develop a respect for all people as worthy of respect and friendship
- To develop a high regard for the institution of the family as God's plan and means to strengthen, preserve, and enrich the church, community, and nation.
- To encourage students to practice and uphold wholesome social standards in all their relationships
- To develop a sense of civic responsibility to our country as a nation established under God.
- To encourage students to develop both the mind and the body as gifts received from our loving Creator God.
- To assist students to understand what true recreation is and how Christians can make choices pleasing to God and to themselves.