We are a private Christian school located in Hamburg, PA in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Blue Mountain Adventist Elementary School provides an environment that promotes academic excellence within the complete balance of having Christ as the foundation of your child’s learning. BME is part of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist school network. On a global scale, the Seventh-day Adventist educational system includes elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. Today’s educational landscape is full of different choices. Each parent yearns for the best possible education for their child. We invite families that are seeking a better, more complete alternative, to discover more about our school by visiting us.
In 1954, BME got its start in a farmhouse on Mountain View Road about a mile southwest of its current location on the slope of Blue Mountain. Six students, ranging from first to seventh grade, studied with Mrs. Gladys Lay. The 1955-56 school year saw a move to a small building next to a farmhouse closer to the newly-opened Blue Mountain Academy (grades 9-12), at the corner of Academy and Mountain View Roads. This year also marked the arrival of BME’s second teacher (Mrs. Lois Walker), several new students, and BME’s first graduation. By 1962, the school had grown to 26 students, requiring two full-time teachers and a move into the facility of Blue Mountain Academy.
By 1967, BME and BMA had both grown large enough to require separate facilities. A building project commenced, and Principal Mrs. Mildred Wuchenich, teacher Mrs. Edith Galambos, and 43 students moved to BME’s current location at 45 Woodland Terrace on January 12, 1969. Home and School (PTA) fundraising efforts underwrote the addition of a multipurpose room in the 1980’s and an additional classroom in 1992. Today’s facility has four classrooms, a computer lab/library, and a multi-purpose gymnasium.
The Success of Adventist Education
CognitiveGenesis is a groundbreaking study that indicates that students in U.S. Adventist schools perform a half-grade level better than the national average. And the longer they attend, the greater their academic success.
The longer children attend Adventist schools, the higher their average achievement. CognitiveGenesis is a 4-year study following 30,000 students, grades 3–9 and 11, enrolled in Adventist schools across North America. This groundbreaking and rigorous research, conducted by La Sierra University, is validating what parents, teachers, and students involved in Adventist education have known for years—that, on average, Adventist school students perform better. Not only do students score a half-grade-level higher in all subjects on average, but the more years they attend an Adventist school, the more their average achievement jumps—up to the 73rd percentile.
Whether an Adventist school is large or small, children can achieve a higher level there. It doesn't matter how large or small the school is. It doesn't matter how many students there are, or the number of grades per teacher—or even how many grades are in one classroom together. Children achieve at the same high level—an average of half a grade above predicted in all subjects. This is according to CognitiveGenesis, a 4-year study conducted at La Sierra University following 30,000 students, grades 3–9 and 11, enrolled in Adventist schools across the United States.
4 Years - 30,000 Students: CognitiveGenesis is a 4-year study following 30,000 students, grades 3–9 and 11, enrolled in Adventist schools across North America. "Student achievement is above average and above prediction based on ability for students who attend Seventh-day Adventist schools in North America."
Academic Excellence and much more: Not only do students who attend Adventist schools achieve half a grade level higher in all subjects than predicted based on their ability scores, but they also gain the benefits of Adventist education shown by other research—strong spiritual lives and healthy lifestyle choices. Read more CognitiveGenesis resultson their website cognitivegenesis.org
Christian Science Monitor on Adventist Education - Click here to read what the press has to say about Adventist Education.
Adventist History: The Seventh-day Adventist church grew in the mid 1840s during the Second Great Awakening, a time of religious revival in the United States. Its first members came from the Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Christian Connection congregations, but over the following decades the denomination has grown into a worldwide church with millions of members. The church is well known for its excellence in healthcare, education, and human service activities.
Adventist Mission: From the very beginning, Adventists have focused on the importance of education and healthcare in improving people's lives. In fact, Adventists run the next-largest denominational education system in the world, second only to Catholic schools. Adventist hospitals and clinics are also numerous, including Florida Hospital, America's busiest hospital. You'll find at least one Adventist healthcare center in many major metropolitan areas in North America. Adventists are also active providing schools and hospitals where they are needed around the world.
The Adventist Lifestyle: One of the founding principles of the Adventist church is a healthy lifestyle—a balanced combination of exercise, diet, and trust in God. Adventists are generally vegetarian, and do not smoke or drink alcohol. They operate successful stop-smoking clinics worldwide. Loma Linda, California, a primarily Adventist community, was recently named by researcher Dan Buettner a "blue zone" or "longevity oasis" where the residents not only have the longest life expectancy on earth, but are happier and healthier, too.
Adventists Today: Today the worldwide Adventist church has over 15 million members in more than 200 countries. Adventists operate 7,200+ schools worldwide with nearly 1.5 million students. They also run 168 hospitals worldwide, 138 nursing homes and retirement centers, 442 clinics and dispensaries, and 34 orphanages and children's homes. In addition, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, a disaster relief organization, funds over 2,400 projects in 112 countries.
What does the name "Seventh-day Adventists" refer to? The name "Seventh-day Adventist" refers to two core beliefs. Respecting the fourth of God's Ten Commandments, Adventists worship on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. "Adventist" refers to Jesus Christ's promise to return and take his followers home to heaven. Adventists believe in the imminent advent, or return, of Jesus Christ. You can find out more about Adventists at adventist.org.
Does my family have to be Adventist for my child to attend an Adventist school? Absolutely not, though you and your child will gain the most benefit from Adventist education if you are a Christian or at least sympathetic with Christian beliefs.
Will an Adventist school attempt to turn my child into a Seventh-day Adventist? At an Adventist school, students' freedom to think for themselves is respected and nurtured, and students are encouraged to learn how to make good moral decisions regardless of their creed or belief system. One key Adventist principle is that no one should be pressured into church membership, but join willingly as they choose. Children of Adventist parents only become baptized members when they are old enough to make the decision consciously and responsibly and have made a personal choice to accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Are Adventist schools accredited? Do they provide as complete an education as other public or private schools? Every Adventist school is accredited by a state or national accrediting body. In addition, the church office of education also operates a comprehensive accrediting process to maintain a high standard of excellence in all Adventist schools. We think you'll find, as an ongoing study is finding, that on average Adventist schools are better places to learn than any other.