There are 588 certificated, full-time K–12 teachers in 122 schools within the NPUC, with 43 percent of the teachers possessing masters or higher degrees.

Of the 14 NPUC senior academies, Idaho has one, Montana one, Oregon five, Upper Columbia three, Washington four.

During the 2005-06 school year, there were 7,550 K–12 students in the NPUC.

The North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) office of education coordinates and assists in funding special programs for K–12 schools throughout the Northwest. It serves as a liaison between the North American Division (NAD) educational standards and curriculum and the local conference programs here in the Northwest. It is also responsible for the certification of all teachers.

Because Seventh-day Adventist education is a ministry essential to fulfilling the unique mission of the Adventist church, the office of education is dedicated to implementing the mission of the church in our K–12 educational program.

Goals—Directed the development of specific, written goals for Northwest Adventist schools and provided subsidies to help schools begin working toward those goals.

Journey to Excellence—Aided in the creation and implementation of the Journey to Excellence program as a visioning tool for Adventist educators.

Curriculum—Assisted the NAD in developing and revising curriculum.

Remote and Necessary Schools—During the past five years provided nearly $5 million for the "remote and necessary" program which helps to keep Adventist small schools operating for churches and conferences that otherwise would be unable to afford them.

Program Subsidies—Provided $10 million in overall financial aid to Northwest schools for special programs beyond the normal operating costs.

Quality Assurance—Ensured high-quality Adventist eduction by administering programs for school evaluation and professional development.

Teacher Certification—Provided an objective, neutral center for the certification of teachers.

Enrollment—During the past five years, K–12 enrollment has dropped by nearly 600 students. We will work closely with each of our Northwest schools to help reverse the trend of declining enrollment.

Cost—The rising cost of education not only affects statewide public school systems, but is also affecting Adventist schools and families. We will help our conferences and churches with plans to keep costs reasonable and affordable.

Distance Education—With fewer families sending children to boarding academies, we must address how to provide quality secondary education to students in far-flung areas.

August 01, 2006 / Feature