Cochise SDA Christian School

An Education for Life
About Our School - Our Story, Mission, and Philosophy

The Miracle School
At the beginning of April of 2015, launching a new Seventh-day Adventist school to serve Cochise County was not even on the horizon.  With the new school year rapidly approaching, the idea seemed virtually impossible.  Yet, as the month wore on, the thought of developing the new school metamorphosed from a dream into a reality. Within just a couple of weeks, seventeen children were enrolled – an amazing feat for a school that existed only on paper at the time.  If the school had accepted kindergarten and first graders, the enrollment would have been close to thirty.  
Nonetheless, it was a series of miracles that brought the project to fruition.  Scholarship funds from third-party organizations - normally not available so late in the season - suddenly appeared making it possible for virtually every student to receive some form of scholarship.  Many received full scholarships - their entire tuition paid. Three churches in the area that had hardly communicated with each other in the past came together in unity for the first time to help develop and launch the new school.  A school board was formed to provide the necessary leadership to move the project forward.  Individual church members from the Bisbee SDA Church purchased land adjacent to the church for the new building.  Volunteers stepped forward.  Equipment, books, and supplies were donated.  Funds were pledged by church members to help defray the cost of any unpaid tuition and to help support the ongoing project. Then, the most remarkable event of all occurred - the same church members who purchased the land for the school committed funds for a new building!  What began as a small school in a temporary facility is now a million-plus dollar school campus with a state-of-the-art classroom building and a multi-purpose facility for doing food preparation, woodworking, and other hands-on activities.  There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit has led this effort!  To read the full story in the Pacific Union Recorder click here.
Plans for the 2018-2019 school year include expansion of the agriculture (gardening) program that provides students with the opportunity to grow, harvest, and prepare food (from dirt to plate), vocational training including woodworking and automotive, a children’s television ministry, food preparation classes, and a comprehensive community service program.  The new campus has a track, basketball, a greenhouse, and a playground.  And while we do not engage in competitive sports, students have an opportunity to enjoy these outdoor activities on a non-competitive basis along with a comprehensive physical education program.  Together with classes on health and wellness, these programs ensure that students have the best opportunity to stay healthy and to avoid the many chronic diseases plaguing our country today. In terms of academics, classrooms are fully equipped with the latest technology to enhance the learning experience. The entire effort at Cochise SDA is based upon a model that is both Biblical and state-of-the-art.
Cochise SDA is a one-of-a-kind school open to all residents of Cochise County.  If you want a superior Christian education for your children, consider enrolling them at our school!  

Mission Statement
Adventist education prepares the individual for a useful and joy-filled life, fostering friendship with God, whole-person development, Bible-based values, and selfless service in accordance with the Seventh-day Adventist mission to the world.  Cochise SDA Christian School provides a Christ-centered education with academic excellence, moral integrity, and spiritual depth, preparing students to follow Christ in their lives.
As a child of God, the student is the primary focus of the entire educational effort, and is always shown love, respect, and acceptance.  The purpose of Adventist education is to help students reach their highest potential and to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.   Student outcomes constitute a significant guiding criterion in assessing the health and effectiveness of the school.

Our Philosophy
The Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education is Christ-centered.  Adventists believe that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God’s character and purposes can be understood as revealed in nature, the Bible, and Jesus Christ.  The distinctive characteristics of Adventist education—derived from the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White—point to the redemptive aim of true education: to restore human beings into the image of their Maker.
Seventh-day Adventists believe that God is infinitely loving, wise, and powerful.  He relates to human beings on a personal level, presenting His character as the ultimate norm for human conduct and His grace as the means of restoration.
Adventists recognize that human motives, thinking, and behavior have fallen short of God’s ideal.  Education in its broadest sense is a means of restoring human beings to their original relationship with God.  Working together, homes, schools, and churches, cooperate with divine agencies in preparing learners for responsible citizenship in this world and in the world to come.

Cochise SDA Christian School  operates in harmony with the guidance and direction of the Office of Education, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Journey to Excellence Video Presentation
Hear from administrators, teachers, parents and students about the quality academics, strong curriculum, and integrated spiritual and moral content of our schools.  There are many Christian schools in our community. This video will help highlight what sets us apart from the crowd.  To watch the video click here.

The Blueprint - The Story of Adventist Education
This documentary film which aired on PBS Television, was produced and directed by Martin Doblmeier, award-winning director of PBS documentaries including Bonhoeffer, The Power of Forgiveness, The Adventists, and The Adventists 2.  This film provides an in-depth look at the remarkable successes obtained through Adventist Education.  To watch the trailers and learn more about the film click here.

Safe and Sound Video Presentation
Few decisions are as important -- and potentially life-changing -- as choosing a school for your children. This video relates the history of Adventist education and how it provides a quality academic experience in a caring Christian environment.  To watch the video click here. 

Cochise SDA Dedication - July 31, 2016
On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Cochise SDA Christian School was officially inaugurated in a ceremony that brought together an entire community. Guests included the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, the County Sheriff, the Mayor, and many others.  It is a real testimonial to what God can do when committed people stand together in solidarity to provide a better education for their children.  To  watch the video click here.