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SVA Mission - Vision - Philosophy


Shenandoah Valley Academy, established in 1908, exists to provide a distinctly Seventh-day Adventist college preparatory program through experiences to produce disciples of Jesus who are compassionate citizens prepared for college and careers.


Graduating Adventist Christians who will:

Serve Christ
Value Knowledge
Accept a Life of Service


We are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). For this reason, the primary purpose of Shenandoah Valley Academy is to develop Creator-like powers in our students that are God-given to all humans: creativity, individuality, and the power to think, to choose, and to do. The object of education at Shenandoah Valley Academy is to develop these powers in our students so that they will think and act as individuals, not mere reflectors of someone else’s thoughts and actions. 

We deeply value the environment necessary to achieve this and recognize that it must be protected and nurtured in order to meet our objectives. Accordingly, we select and welcome students, faculty, and staff who thrive in a family where trust is fairly and safely embedded in Christian love and relationships.  We are convicted that students benefit and develop best when trusted; they want to be treated with confidence and respect, which is their right.  As bonds of love develop with Jesus Christ and within the school family (John 15:12), students will live the Christian life – not merely because of rules, but based on relationships that are too important to risk damaging. 

To help students develop into genuine thinkers, we highly value academic rigor and discipline, and also place value on becoming a balanced person through athletics, music, art, culture, and involvement in service for the welfare of others.

We pledge to have sufficient work and justified financial aid to assist any Seventh-day Adventist applicant who truly wants to benefit from a quality education and an Adventist Christian life-style by attending Shenandoah Valley Academy.

We pledge to operate a quality school where students will be spiritually, physically, and socially safe, and will experience mental stimulation and growth from a responsive and caring faculty and staff.

For more information contact:
Heather Leeper, Recruitment Department
Dale E. Twomley Hall
234 W Lee Hwy New Market VA 22844