Welcome to Southwest Adventist Jr. Academy!
As with every school year, we the faculty of SWAJA aim to be effective facilitators of learning. In order for this to occur, we have adopted/implemented the five key elements of effective teaching into our daily routine:
- Seek God’s Guidance
- Set Goals
- Communicate Expectations
- Understand Content
- Closely Follow Instructional Materials
- Accept Responsibility
As American education is undergoing “restructuring,” one of the most widely agreed upon concepts is that parents are an integral part of the educational process. Full cooperation among administrators, teachers, parents, and students is the most solid foundation for a child or young person to succeed scholastically and develop a healthy self-esteem that will follow him to reach his God-given potential spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally. The mission of SWAJA is built upon this principle.
With this in mind, a few suggestions for parents to adopt that lend to successful institutions of learning through parents/school cooperation” are:
- School Visitation/Involvement: Parents are always welcome to visit the school and observe what is happening in their child’s/children’s classroom; however, it is a courtesy to the teacher to make an appointment to come and visit. The teacher may be planning something special on a given day that would be of more interest than when the visitor first planned to come.
- Homework: The school does not expect parents to become evening teachers, but the parent(s)’s encouragement, providing adequate study environment at home, monitoring the child’s schedule, and occasional tutorial help can be very valuable.
- Communication: Good communication between the home and the school is essential. Parents know their child better than anyone else, and parental input can be very valuable to the teacher and school staff. However, matters of policy, curriculum, discipline, and governance are the responsibility of the school, and generally parents should refrain from interfering in these areas unless their counsel is sought.
Here at SWAJA, we believe that every student is special and that each is filled with great potential, God-given talents, and abilities. Our parents are making an extra investment in their child/children that yields maximum dividends. Always remember, at SWAJA: Students Walk Alongside Jesus Academically!
- Southwest Adventist Jr. Academy’s mission is dedicated to providing a Christian environment for educating the youth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as the community. By providing an environment that develops the child mentally, physically, socially and spiritually, we also aim to guide students in pursuing studies which will equip them with skills for life-long learning and prepare them for service to God in this life and the life to come.
The Southwest Adventist Junior Academy is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide a spiritually-oriented education for children. A belief in the existence of the Creator God is fundamental in the philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist schools. We respect His divine authority and recognize His intervention in human affairs. We believe that true education develops the spiritual, mental, and physical powers of each student; preparing them for the joy of service in this life and for the higher joy of service in the life to come. To achieve this goal, we encourage each student to:
•Develop a personal relationship with God and his fellow men as stated in Matthew 2:37-39
•Master the basic academic skills
•Value physical and mental labor
•Cultivate physical fitness, mental ability, and moral purity.
The Winning Formula for Learning
This school year is postured for a positive and meaningful learning experience. We recognize that parents, teachers, and children share responsibility for learning to take place, as we strive to develop the whole child – spiritually, physically, socially and mentally. Every parent can help his / her child succeed in school by doing the following:
- Believe in your child. Have high, but realistic expectations.
- Establish a daily routine for homework, chores and meals.
- Offer to assist in the classroom.
- Model traits that are reflective of the Lord’s character and that you want your child to have, such as self-discipline.
- Emphasize the value of hard work. Don’t let your child blame teachers or bad luck for poor grades.
- Monitor your child’s after-school activities.
- Make time for reading, writing and family talks.
- Be respectful when talking with or about teachers.
- Help your child imagine how education will help her / him “get ahead.”
- Foster individuality. Respect your child’s ideas, even when they’re different from your own.