MISSION & HISTORY

Our Philosophy

Jefferson Christian Academy seeks to provide a Christ-centered curriculum and program of activities utilizing the inspired counsel given to the church as well as appropriate secular theories in its implementation. Our philosophy is to teach the beliefs, ideals, and customs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as to lead its students to ascertain and accept, in practice and sentiment, the mind and will of God as revealed in His word.

 

This unique educational approach is based on the belief of harmonious development of the spiritual, mental, physical, and social elements within each student. The school seeks to develop an attitude of service in each student. This concept of community is stressed in order to develop well-rounded members of a global society, and above all else, loyal, conscientious, Christians. JCA, in cooperation with the home and the church, accepts as its basic evangelistic tasks the spiritual and secular education of its students.

In co-operation with the Holy Spirit, the Mission of Jefferson Christian Academy is to foster in our students an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, as their foundation for service to God and Mankind in the temporal world of the present, and as their passport to wider service in the eternal world of the future.

This is accomplished through an integrated educational program that includes five distinct components:

(a)  spiritual/ethical

(b)  mental/intellectual

(c)  physical/health

(d)  vocational/work

(e)  social/leadership

Jefferson Christian Academy (JCA) opened its doors in 1914 as a missionary enterprise of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since its founding, Jefferson Christian Academy had operated under the names Berea SDA School, Berea Intermediate, Jefferson Rural Academy, and Jefferson Adventist Academy. Most recently its name was changed to Jefferson Christian Academy when in July of 2003, it was incorporated as an autonomous self-supporting educational institution.

Although it is now independently managed and supported, JCA continues to espouse Adventist educational philosophy and ideals. JCA follows the SDA Conference curriculum guidelines and its mission continues to include the preparation of its students for higher education and gainful employment.