Yap SDA School began in 1987 with three student missionary teachers. Many things have changed since then, but the focus remains the same: to introduce students to Jesus, and to provide quality education for the people of Yap. The school now serves between 160 to 180 students in grades K-12 who are taught by volunteer teachers, administrators, and a school board, under the supervision and support of the Guam-Micronesia Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The island of Yap (locally known as Wa'ab) is a state, along with its outer islands, in the Federated States of Micronesia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, near Guam and the Philippines. The population of Yap is a little over 11,000. Students of Yap SDA School come from various backgrounds, including Yap, the outer islands, other Micronesian islands, and the Philippines. Staff come from Micronesia, North America, the Philippines, and many other countries around the world. These teachers serve on a volunteer basis, and receive a small stipend for living expenses. They are committed for at least one to two school-years before returning home.
Mission StatementThe Yap Seventh-day Adventist School desires to provide a quality Christian education for students preparing them, now and for eternity. Our school program is: Christ-centered, Bible-based, and service-oriented.
VisionAs a Bible-based, Seventh-day Adventist institution, Yap Seventh-day Adventist School aims to integrate faith and academic excellence with loving guidance to prepare students for a life of service in their local and global communities, and eternal life with Jesus.
MottoEnter to learn. Depart to serve.
Approach and Philosophy of Adventist EducationThe Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes God as the ultimate source of existence, truth, and power. In the beginning God created in His image a perfect humanity, a perfection later marred by sin. Education in its broadest sense is a means of returning human beings to their original relationship with God. The distinctive characteristics of this Adventist worldview, built around creation, the fall, redemption, and re-creation, are derived from the Bible and the inspired writings of Ellen G. White.
The aim of true education is to restore human beings into the image of God as revealed by the life of Jesus Christ. Only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit can this be accomplished. An education of this kind imparts far more than academic knowledge. It fosters a balanced development of the whole person—spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional—a process that spans a lifetime. Working together, homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies to prepare learners to be good citizens in this world and for eternity.
Core Curriculum Goals
- Learners will choose to accept God as the Creator and the Redeemer.
- Learners will grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s creation.
- Learners will creatively apply their spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social-emotional knowledge.
- Learners will demonstrate their commitment to the Creator through service to others.