The Brooklyn Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School offers per-kindergarten education through eighth grade.The Pre-K level is only for four years, not three and four year olds as other Pre-K schools offer. But the education that is offered to four year olds is solid age-appropriate education.
The school got its start in 1938 in a one-room classroom. That classroom was the basement of the Danish Norwegian Church. It was closed for a while then reopened as two classrooms in the basement of the church. The church changed its name to the Brooklyn Seventh Day Adventist Church 1964 and continued the two-classroom school.
Over the years, the school offered more grades and grew. In the 1970s, pastoral staff found a new location for the school at Viking Hall on 8th Avenue and 60th Street, its current location.
Seventh Day Adventist educational philosophy is to give maximum opportunity to every student to develop mentally, spiritually, socially, and physically. Everything about the school – curriculum and textbooks – are designed around that focus. Brooklyn SDA educational goals can be summed up by this quote:
“To restore in the man the image of his Maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind and soul, that the Divine purpose in His creation might be realized – this was to be the work of redemption. This is the object of education, the great object of life” (Education, page 15)
The student-teacher ratio at Brooklyn SDA Elementary School is 13:1. For more on SDA curriculum, visit the school’s website.