Statement of Mission
The Mission of Maranatha Adventist School is to provide the best possible opportunity for our students to excel to their highest ability in academic achievement. Of equal priority is our emphasis for each student to develop a close personal walk with the Lord, recognizing Jesus as their Savior, with the Bible as our primary guide in defining our lifestyle and principles. For students to be accepted at MAS, the student and parents/caregivers must affirm and demonstrate support for the Christian, value-based philosophy of the school.
Statement of Philosophy
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes God as the ultimate source of existence and truth. In the beginning God created in His image a perfect humanity, a perfection later marred by sin. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God's character and purposes can be understood as revealed in nature, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. The distinctive characteristics of Adventist education, derived from the Bible and the inspired writings of Ellen G. White, point to the redemptive aim of true education: to restore human beings into the image of their Maker.
While God presents His infinitely loving and wise character as the ultimate norm for human conduct, human motives, thinking, and behavior have fallen short of God's ideal. Education in its broadest sense is a means of returning human beings to their original relationship with God. Its time dimensions span eternity.
Adventist education seeks to develop a life of faith in God and respect for the dignity of all human beings; to build character akin to that of the Creator; to nurture thinkers rather than mere reflectors of others' thoughts; to promote loving service rather than selfish ambition; to ensure maximum development of each individual's potential; and to embrace all that is true, good, and beautiful.
An education of this kind imparts far more than academic knowledge. It fosters a balanced development of the whole person-physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Working together, homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies in preparing learners for responsible citizenship in this world and in the world to come.
Statement of Purpose
Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist School is a Christian school that provides an education for students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. Its purpose is to train youth to know and serve God and to develop responsible citizens. "True education ... 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 of wider service in the world to come."
Seventh-day Adventists conduct their own schools for the purpose of transmitting to their young people the ideals, beliefs, attitudes, values, habits and customs as taught by the church, and to provide a reservoir of well-prepared denominational workers and leaders. The government maintains a highly developed public school system for making citizens. Seventh-day Adventists want their children to be loyal, conscientious Christians, as well as patriotic law-abiding citizens.
A true knowledge of God, fellowship and companionship with Him in study and service, likeness to Him in character development, are to be the source, the means, and the aim of Seventh-day Adventist education.