At Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy, our main object in teaching and learning is to develop the leader and independent thought in each student and integrate mind, body and spirit toward the greater goal of preparation for a worthy life of service to man and preparation for heaven. To this end, students expand their understanding in all areas of content learning integrating the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains to provide a holistic approach to learning. Indeed, the academic enterprise rests on these three (3) strategic pillars—mind, body and spirit.
Courses of study are organized according to the Seventh-day Adventist North American Division curriculum standards which describe the knowledge and skills expected of students. Curriculum is also guided by the Georgia state academic standards and requirements that describe knowledge and competencies required for graduation. Our latest courses added to our curriculum are AP English Literature & Composition and AP Calculus AB. In addition, the school now has available a number of college-level classes through dual and concurrent enrollment as well as a number of enrichment seminars and opportunities in Oratory, Legal Studies and Leadership Development taught as non-credit Seminars, and earning grades of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).
The GAAA curriculum has a two- fold purpose—it is designed to accelerate and enhance the learning experience of students, thereby preparing them for advanced scholarship, and to incorporate the spiritual components of the SDA faith. Our goals and essential elements include acceptance of God and commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist church, positive interpersonal relationships, responsible citizenship, a healthy, holistic life-style, intellectual development, communication skills, personal management, aesthetic appreciation, career development and service learning.
Lessons are designed to challenge students to become better communicators as they develop critical reading and writing skills. Additionally, lesson plans utilize methodologies that encourage students to think logically and strategically. Varied teaching strategies are used to ensure that all students achieve academic success to their potential. The curriculum encompasses an instructional approach to learning coupled with student engagement and independent research accomplished through collaborative groups, reading and writing assignments, research projects as well as written responses from field trips. For more curriculum information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 404-333-0606.