After a number of years of declining enrollment, Washington Conference educators are experiencing an overall increase in enrollment by 23 students this year, with an opening K–12 enrollment of 1,338 students (897 elementary and 441 secondary).
Under the theme of PACE (Personalized Adventist Christian Education) families are finding these schools in interesting ways.
One family was listening to Radio of Hope (KROH-FM) from Port Townsend. They heard about Adventist education and contacted the one-room school in Stanwood. David Johnson, school board chairman, and Bob Marcus, head teacher, visited with the family members, who decided to enroll two students.
A Mormon family just walked into the Northwest Christian School in Puyallup, looking for a school that would recognize and enhance their academically gifted, seventh-grade boy. After noticing the personalized, friendly environment in the seventh- and eighth-grade room and visiting with Craig Mattson, principal, and Don Mundy, homeroom teacher, they happily enrolled their son. They believe their son will flourish both academically and spiritually in Adventist education.
At Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School in Port Hadlock, a family visited the school looking for a different environment for their second-grader. Greg Reseck, head teacher, showed them the classrooms and the program. They immediately signed up their child. The fifth-grade older brother came along to school on the first day and asked to visit just for that day. He liked what he saw and was soon enrolled.
Adventist education is often the best-kept secret in town as a quality curriculum, personalized instruction, opportunities for leadership formation and a Spirit-filled faculty all come together to provide the very best in Christian education for our children and young people.