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Why Our School Succeeds

Hillcrest knows that children are the future of our church, and we have created an academic environment that reinforces Christian values within the heart of the students. The lessons that we teach will equip our students to live life in this world, but more importantly, to live in heaven. That is our goal. That is Hillcrest.

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10 Reasons Why Small Schools Work

Have you wondered if children in the small one-and two-room schools are receiving the quality of education that they could get in the larger schools?  If you have, then this information is for you.



In most small schools there is a low teacher/pupil ratio. This allows the teacher to carefully assess the needs, strengths, and weaknesses of each student. The teacher is better able to individualize the instruction to fit the student’s needs and learning style.



The small school setting largely escapes the fixed schedules, pre-packaged programs, red tape, and administrative trivialities of larger schools. This enables new teaching strategies to be implemented with a minimum of delay.


Field trips, projects, and use of equipment readily fit into the flow of the classroom learning experience without having to be adjusted because of the needs of other classrooms.



The North American Division Office of Education has developed quality curriculum materials that have been specifically created for multi-grade classrooms. The integration of various learning levels and subjects allows students to apply skills across the curriculum in real-life situations.


Social Skills

Several studies have found that multi-grade classrooms improve personal and social development because students learn to work with a wide age span. Cooperative learning and peer tutoring helps sharpen social skills (and reinforce knowledge). As a result, independent work habits as well as greater feelings of responsibility and self-esteem are developed.


Family Atmosphere

A sense of community quickly develops. There is more interaction among the smaller group. The mix of ages and abilities is more like a family than is found in large classrooms of same-age children.


Parental Involvement

A major factor for student success in school is for the parents to be actively involved in their child’s education. The small school setting provides many opportunities for involvement from helping with projects, field trips, and hot lunches, to serving on the school board.


Academic Achievement

Studies have shown that students from multi-grade schools do as well or better on standardized tests as do students in single grade classrooms. Of note, studies have proven that more small-school students go on to college.



Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills from an early age. Every student is called upon to lead out in some aspect of the school program - a true training ground for the future.


Character Building

Character building is the centerpiece of Adventist Christian education. The family atmosphere of the small school provides an environment that supports and extends this important work, which has begun in the home.


Spiritual Growth

Seventh-day Adventist Christian education focuses on preparing students for eternity, and a smaller school setting allows time to be spent in sharing and building a personal relationship with Christ. Smaller groups and flexible scheduling make it easier to allow students to have experiences in Christian outreach and community service.



Dee Anderson, “Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better; Advantages of Multi-grade Schooling,” Journal of Adventist Education, April-May 1991

David Cadavero, “The Efficacy of Multi-grade Schools,” Columbia Union Visitor, May 1, 1999

George R. Knight, Myths in Adventism (Hagerstown, Md.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1985)

B. N. Pavan, “The Benefits of Non-graded Schools,” Educational Leadership, 50(2)

Ellen G. White, Education (Mountain View: California Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1952)





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