Alta Vista is an educational organization, based in Seattle, Washington, USA, that serves Christian education, locally, regionally,
and globally. Our primary concern is to partner with schools, educational leaders, and teachers to help young people become
faithful, visionary, competent, and compassionate disciples of Jesus.
Nurturing Lovers and Does of Justice
a key goal of Christian education
There is intentionality inherent in the word ‘education’. Although often used interchangeably, education and schooling are not synonymous.
The current school improvement rhetoric of policy makers and corporate interests that tout such initiatives as an emphasis on STEM courses often at the
expense of other disciplines, common standards coupled with high stakes testing, longer school days, and so on is talk of schooling not necessarily education.
Providing an education involves intentionally nurturing a moral and ethical framework within which young people are encouraged to learn and live. Education happens when the learning process and environment are focused on developing wise people who are committed to using their learning, their gifts, and their passions for the well-being of the world. Education is about shaping a way of living that is grounded in a particular time and place and is aimed toward a specific end. It is very possible to be well-schooled, but not well-educated.
For the work we do in Christian schools to be more than just schooling, we need to intentionally shape the whole endeavor according to the way God calls us
to live – God’s vision of the good life. While we cannot pretend to fully know the heart and intention of God, we can get glimpses of it when we seek a
comprehensive understanding of the story God is telling in the Scriptures. This story begins with God’s creative, loving act of bringing the cosmos into
being, which is followed quickly by… read more >>
Alta Vista is currently
--Serving the 11 schools of NorthWest Christian Schools International (NWCSI) in Washington by providing workshops, consultation, the
annual August Event, mentoring for accreditation, and other as needs arise.
--Leading schools in NorthWest Christian Schools International to
earn Christian Schools International accreditation that generates mission-focused plans to improve their schools.
--Working in conjunction with the Christian Educators of British Columbia
to provide an annual teachers' convention for over 1200 teachers from Washington and British Columbia.
--Working through Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia to provide courses in assessment and pedagogy.
--Consulting for and teaching at Edinburg Theological Seminary, a reformational institution serving the Anglo-Latino population in the Lower Rio
Grande Valley in southern Texas along the Mexican border, and Faith Christian Academy in Brownsville.