Laurelbrook Academy is a co-educational self-supporting school, cooperating closely with the educational department of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination and operated in accordance with the principles set forth in the Bible and in the writings of Ellen G. White, whom Seventh-day Adventists believe had the gift of prophecy and a close relationship with God.
Situated on roughly 2000 acres on the top of Dayton Mountain ten miles from Dayton, Tennessee, Laurelbrook operates a 9-12 grade boarding high-school level program, an elementary school for staff students, and a 50-bed state-approved nursing home, and a large truck garden. The program is accredited by the State of Tennessee (USA) through the E.A. Sutherland Educational Association or EASEA, a state-chartered educational accrediting agency.
Our staff are committed to providing quality education in a Christ-filled environment.
Our school is part of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist school network although it is owned and operated by a Seventh-day Adventist lay organization. The Seventh-day Adventist educational system includes elementary and high schools, colleges and universities in countries around the globe.
The high-school level program has several aims:
1. To develop in the student a sense of the dignity of labor and of financial responsibility; to demonstrate to the student that work is a blessing and a safeguard from temptation.
"The youth need to be taught that life means earnest work, responsibility, care-taking. They need a training that will make them practical -- men and women who can cope with emergencies." Ellen G. White, Education, p. 215
2. To train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men's thoughts.
"Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator--power to think and to do. It is the work of true education to develop this power." Ellen G. White, Education, p. 17.
3. To direct the minds of the youth to God's own revelation of Himself in His Word and in nature through appreciative, systematic and experimental study.
"To obtain an education worthy of the name, we must receive a knowledge of God, the Creator -- and of Christ, the Redeemer, as they are revealed in the sacred word." Ellen G. White, Education, p. 17
"The whole natural world is designed to be an interpreter of the things of God." Ellen G. White, Counsels to Teachers, p. 186.
4. To provide opportunities for learning the joys of Christian service.
"Above any other agency, service for Christ's sake has power to mold character and to direct the life into lines of unselfish ministry." Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 40.
5. To teach the necessity and the power of application.
“Upon this, far more than upon genius or talent, does success depend. Without application the most brilliant talents will avail little, while with rightly directed effort persons of very ordinary natural abilities have accomplished wonders.”
Ellen G. White, Education, p. 232.
6. To help the student develop those health habits which will provide the foundation of healthful living that is essential for any achievement in life.
“Without health no one can as distinctly understand or as completely fulfill his obligations to himself, to his fellow beings, or to his Creator. Therefore the health should be as faithfully guarded as the character.”
Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 195
7. To develop a sincere interest in and appreciation for cultural and avocational activities that ennoble and uplift the participant, in the fields of music, reading, hobbies and recreation.
“As a safeguard against evil, the preoccupation of the mind with good is worth more than unnumbered barriers of law and discipline.”
Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 213
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