“To provide an education that fosters purity of heart, develops clarity of mind, nurtures integrity of purpose, and stimulates intensity of mission in every student.”
Who Are We?
We are a, WASC accredited, Christian college preparatory school serving students from preschool through high school.
We are part of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist educational system; the largest private, parochial, centrally organized school system in the world. It serves in almost every country around the globe through its primary schools, secondary institutions, colleges, and universities. Orangewood Academy has wonderful students, committed and qualified teachers, and a top-notch academic program. We offer a comprehensive preschool through high school curriculum. In addition we provide extended day care services for all ages preschool through junior high school.
At Orangewood Academy, we strive to make our education Christ-centered and based on Biblical principles gleaned from a Christian worldview and an Adventist heritage.
Our education is founded on these four goals: spirituality, scholarship, sportsmanship, and service. We desire to educate our students for a higher purpose and to ultimately produce citizens who will positively impact their family, community, society, and the world. Our teachers endeavor to instill in each student the qualities of respect, responsibility, courtesy, and graced in all situations and towards all people. We believe that it is our primary purpose to guide every student into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as we awaken in them a love for learning and the joy of discovery.
Student Learner Outcomes
Orangewood Academy is committed to providing an education that addresses the four essential facets of true education. Our teaching is supported by four educational tenets--
SPIRITUALITY: Each student will identify and demonstrate components of a Christian lifestyle including moral and ethical behavior based on grace oriented biblical principles.
SCHOLARSHIP: Each student will acquire skills in studying, critical thinking, practical living, goal-setting, and personal assessment.
SPORTSMANSHIP: Each student will demonstrate fitness, self-control, teamwork, and honesty by modeling respect, courtesy, and consideration.
SERVICE: Each student will recognize membership in the world community and the inherent ability to positively impact society and the environment.
Orangewood Academy admits students of any race, color, or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Orangewood Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, local programs, and other school-administered programs.
Orangewood Academy traces its history back to Centralia, where the local Adventist Church established what is believed to be the first Seventh-day Adventist church school in the State of California. The church school was established in 1896 under the visionary leadership of Mr. Milton Henry Shirley who served as an elder in his local church. A native of the Dakotas, he came to California in 1881 and joined the Adventist Church. The first teacher, by the name Carrie Hacker, was hired in 1896. She remained at her post for only one year. Alma McKibbin was hired as the second teacher for the small, unfinished one-room school, located in the back of the Centralia SDA Church. The entire student body consisted of about 30 students spread over nine grades. Classes ran from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or even later. All classes were taught without books. The teacher wrote the lessons on the blackboard.
Loving God. Loving People.
Faculty & Staff
All staff members of Orangewood Academy are dedicated to providing excellent education to the children in their care. Our Teachers all have Seventh-day Adventist Teaching Credentials and California State Teaching Credentials and over 60% of our faculty hold a Master's degree. Teachers and staff at Orangewood Academy make it a priority to understand the development of young children. In this way, we are able to provide a program that reflects the developmental level of each child, enriching the child’s life with valuable educational experiences.
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