Distance Education


Seventh-day Adventist education is deliberate in providing a Christ-centered curriculum. The policies, standards, and guidelines for distance education courses support this premise. Distance education courses actively engage students in a manner that strengthens their relationship with Christ.

Adventist distance education is student-focused and utilizes principles of best practice. Students are engaged in active learning enabled by instructors who select a variety of appropriate teaching strategies, modes, media, and assessment.


Today’s educational landscape is very different than it was even five years ago. Classes were taught by local teachers to a physically present classroom of students. With the opportunity of schools to deliver and receive classes to and from many sources, it is important to ensure that educational quality is preserved.

Griggs International Academy is the partner that the NAD Office of Education has chosen to help facilitate and coordinate distance education programs across the division. Although the NAD and the local unions will be approving the programs, it is recommended that schools consult with Griggs to access resources.  It is important that each student be ensured a quality educational experience, including spiritual, social and emotional dimensions. It is the responsibility of the distance education provider to be sure that all classes include the spiritual and social aspects.

 Distance Education Accrediting Organizations

Schools who wish to be approved to provide distance learning must go through the steps below:

  1. Review the Distance Education Criteria document.
  2. Complete Justification Statement process.
  3. Complete the NAD Distance Education Application
  4. Review and complete all steps listed on the NAD Distance Education Application Checklist.

Approved Schools Offering Distance Education

  • Griggs International Academy
  • Richmond Academy, Potomac Conference
  • Prairie Adventist Christian eSchool, Alberta Conference
  • West Coast Adventist Christian School, British Columbia Conference
  • Atlanta Adventist Academy, Georgia Cumberland Conference
  • Maplewood Adventist Academy, Minnesota Conference
  • Forest Lake Academy, Florida Conference

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