The Dalles Adventist School
The Dalles Adventist School is one of two fully accredited Christian schools in our area. It was founded over 40 years ago by the local Seventh-day Adventist Church in cooperation with their world wide educational system, (which today involves some 5000 schools from elementary through the university level), to provide a spiritually-oriented education for young people.
A belief in the existence of a Creator-Redeemer God is fundamental to the educational philosophy of this school and this belief influences the choice of Christ-centered curricula and activities.
Enrollment is not limited to children of Adventist parents but is open to all families who desire a Christian education for their children and are in agreement with the school's standards.
All eight grades are accredited. (Of the two hundred Adventist teachers, who are instructing throughout Oregon, all are state certified.)
The school plant is located near the corner of 13th Street and Old Dufur Road. Associated with it is a regulation size gymnasium-auditorium equipped for basketball, volleyball, etc., and cooking facilities. The school is in a rural location with ample outside recreational areas.
1. To impart a knowledge of God as the Creator and Redeemer through the study of Scripture and nature.
2. To provide an environment conducive to the development of Christian character.
3. To learn moral values, the difference between right and wrong, and the best use of leisure time.
4. To provide an education in the basic skills needed for a successful livelihood in our modern complicated high-tech society.
5. To develop in the student a sense of responsibility and a desire to be of service to others.
6. To develop in the student the ability to make wise choices through independent thinking.
7. To learn good study habits.
8. To gain physical fitness through good health habits, wholesome living, and recreational activities not driven by intense competition. To help students recognize that their bodies are the temple of God and deserve special care.
9. To afford opportunities for association and social growth among those with Christian standards of character and behavior.
10.To appreciate the privileges of citizenship in the United States of America and to accept the responsibilities of a law-abiding citizen.
11.Recognizing that parents and home should be the greatest influence on children, close association between students, teachers, and parents is needed. Where possible the teachers' work should be to supplement that of the parents. Parents and teachers should cooperate in all matters that concern the well-being of the child.
A Message to the Students
School is like a business partnership between your teachers, your parents and you. When everyone puts their best efforts into partnership, the rewards are truly exciting. Otherwise the results can be disappointing. Your teachers and parents want to join you in an educational venture that you will remember with satisfaction all your life. However, the primary responsibility for a good school year is in your hands. You will be spending a lot of hours in the school room. Your help in keeping it neat and safe will make it an enjoyable place. Kindness and courtesy toward your classmates will lead to great friends through the rest of your life.
Qualification of Admission
The Dalles Adventist School welcomes any young person (K-8) who desires a character-building education. As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian school, high moral principles and respect for God and others are expected from all who attend. Students should realize that when they present themselves for admission to The Dalles Adventist School they, thereby, willingly pledge to observe the regulations and uphold the Christian principles upon which the school is founded. Behavior contrary to this will forfeit a student’s privilege to attend.
Age of Admission
A student may enter Kindergarten if he/she reaches the age of five on or before September 1 of the current school year. To enter first grade the child must be six years of age on or before September 1. We encourage parents, however, to wait until their child is at least seven years of age to enter first grade. A birth certificate is required of all first-year students and must be shown at registration.
The school may require readiness screening for kindergarten students. All students entering the first grade must have a pre-school placement or entrance test before registration.
Special Needs Students
The school reserves the right to deny admission to any child with academic, behavioral, or emotional problems that are beyond the scope of available resources for the school.
A child transferring from another school will be required to present records from the last school attended including grade placement. The student must also have at least two references, at least one of which must be from the former teacher, principal or guidance counselor. Students transferring in during the year will be required to pay a pro-rated entrance fee.
A personal family interview will be required for all new students. Appointments will be scheduled after the completed application is received.
No child will be admitted whose account with The Dalles Adventist School, or with any former school, has not been settled satisfactorily. Requests for special circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. A student is not officially enrolled until the current years entrance fee has been paid in full.
A written financial agreement is required for all students at time of registration.
Chapter 566, Oregon laws, 1973, provides that: "Prior to and as a condition of their initial enrollment in any public, private or parochial school of this state, every child between five and fourteen years of age shall submit to the school administrator one (or more) of the following statements:
A. A statement signed by a physician or a representative of the health department that they have received an initial immunization and prescribed reinforcing immunization against the communicable diseases pursuant to the rules of the Health Department; or
B. A statement signed by a physician that the physical condition of the child is such that the immunization would seriously endanger their health; or
C. A statement signed by their parent or guardian that they have not been immunized as described in sub-section (1) of this section because they are being reared as an adherent to a religion and teachings of which are opposed to such immunizations; or
D. A statement signed by their parents or guardian that they will arrange to have necessary immunizations initiated by a physician or local health department within 30 days."
A Brief Summary of Immunization Requirements
DTP (Diptheria/Tetanus) — 4 doses
POLIO— 4 doses unless the 3rd was given after the fourth birthday. Then 3 is OK
VARICELLA (Chickenpox)— K, 1st, 7th, & 8th Grade
Up to 2 doses
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) — 2 doses for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, & 8th. All others — 1 dose
HIB (Haemophilus influenza) — Up to 4 doses
HEPATITIS B — K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, & 8th Up to 3 doses
Check with a health professional for details
Students should be regular in their daily attendance. Only absences for sickness, or death in the immediate family, are legally excused.
Parents should send a written excuse, or contact the teacher about tardiness or absences.
For absences other than those listed above, parents should obtain homework in advance from the teacher that the student will miss.
Arrival and Dismissal
School begins at 8:30 a.m. each day and ends at 3:00 p.m..The school doors will not be open before 8:15 a.m..
Friday dismissal will be at 2:00 p.m..Students should leave for home immediately after school is dismissed.
During school hours, students are expected to remain on the school grounds unless special arrangements have been made between the parents and the teacher.
Dress and Personal Appearance
As Christians, there are three basic principles which should govern the way we appear and dress in public.
1. "Modesty" - respecting our person
2. "Neatness" - clean and well groomed
3. "Healthfulness" - appropriately attired
The following list is given as an example of what is NOT appropriate or acceptable at school:
a) Sleeveless tops, midriff exposure or with inappropriate printed messages or logos. Torn, worn out, faded or un-kempt clothes.
b) Shorts above the knees, pants that are tight fitting such as Spandex etc..
c. All make-up that looks unnatural or that draws undue attention to the user.
Good character building is one of the main purposes of Christian education and towards this end teachers will counsel with parents concerning undesirable behavior patterns and conduct. The purpose of this communication is to bring about change in behavior so that the student may develop self-respect and responsibility.
Therefore, if it should become necessary for a student to be suspended, the action will only be taken after the parents, the teacher, and the school board have counseled together.
The following are examples of undesirable conduct -- any one of which would be considered of sufficient gravity to bring about permanent or temporary dismissal from school.
1. Insubordination. "Not submitting to authority; disobedient" -- Webster
2. The use of, or having possession of, tobacco, narcotics, intoxicating beverages, or such drugs as adversely affect human behavior and health.
3. Having possession of or showing obscene literature or pictures, use of obscene or profane language, or lewd conduct.
4. Dishonesty, stealing, cheating, or willful deception regarding violation of school rules and regulations.
As Christians it is expected that:
2) All students will respect and preserve school property.
3) All students will have a spirit of harmony and support for the standards and regulations of the school and will add their influence toward a good school spirit.
4) All students will enjoy the mutual benefits of a co-educational school and will refrain from unnatural and inappropriate associations with students of the same or opposite sex.
5) All students will recognize the value of time for learning and classes and will take advantage of this opportunity without bringing to school distractions such as radios, cassette players, etc..
All students should be acquainted with bicycle safety rules. Park bicycles in the designated place and do not remove them until school is dismissed.
1. Buildings should not be used as backstops for ball games, catch etc..
2. Insurance company recommendations prohibit the use of hard-ball and tackle football on the school grounds. Skateboards are also prohibited.
in the areas of the playground specifically designated for them.
The school telephone is for business only. Special emergencies will qualify a student for making calls. Parents are encouraged to limit incoming calls to the lunch period at 11:30 or before and after school.
A Message For Parents
The success of the school depends in a large measure upon the fullest cooperation between the home and the school. The following is a list of suggestions which will help the program of the school and make the school life of your child more effective and enjoyable:
1. Keep in touch with your child's educational program and progress. In various ways show an interest in what he or she is doing. Visit your child's teacher and classroom.
2. Work to support the Christian standards and principles as set forth by the school.
3. Encourage good health habits. Make sure your student begins each day with a good breakfast and is also provided with a healthy lunch. In addition to the required pre-first-grade physical examination, medical checkups before the 4th and 7th grades are recommended.
4. Children with communicable diseases should be kept home until there is no longer danger to other children.
5. Taking Your financial responsibilities and monthly tuition expenses seriously will enable the school to continue it's operation on a solid financial basis.
6. If you have questions or concerns related to school regulations, the teacher's methods, or school facilities; or if you are concerned for your child's progress or behavior, please arrange to talk with the teacher or to the school board.
7. Calling a student from their usual class routine is disrupting for the other students and should be done only in case of emergency.
8. Insurance covers all students for injuries sustained in accidents en route to or from school, on school premises, or on authorized school activities.
9. Student entertainment, such as radios, TV's, CD's, Video's and their numerous games can not only consume a lot of valuable time, it can also work counter to the Christian influences that the school seeks to promote. It would be well if these areas were balanced with time for constructive physical activities around the home or community.
10. Remember to join your teacher and your school board in praying daily for your child.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Dalles Adventist School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin -- to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholar-ships and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
Although administered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, this school is open to any child whose parents accept and support the Christian standards and principles under which this school has chosen to operate.
Write: The Dalles Adventist School,
3339 E. 13th Street,
The Dalles, Oregon 97058.