Philosophy of Education
San Gabriel Academy believes that knowledge of God, communion with Him, and emulation of His character are of paramount importance and that only in cooperation with God can the individual, in his/her quest for knowledge, reach the optimum development of their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual powers. We endeavor to provide a Christian education that pursues academic excellence and promotes our heritage as Seventh-day Adventists.
While we believe that formal education is an important part of a child’s life, we also believe that other experiences are necessary for well-rounded development.
“True education means more than the pursuit of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world, and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” (E.G. White, Education, p.13)
It is the objective of Christian education to provide a Christ-centered curriculum which will promote the fullest development of the student’s spiritual, physical, mental, and social faculties.
Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
San Gabriel Academy offers students the opportunity to learn about Christ and obtain a quality education which they can take with them for the rest of their lives. The Schoolwide Learner Outcomes upholds these principles. Our hope is that students will be able to apply these SLOs to their lives and live as examples to others.
The love of God compels us to serve others — love God and love your neighbor as yourself.
- Know that true service is a result of obeying the law of self-sacrificing love
- Understand the example of Christ’s life in serving others through humble or elevated labor
- Believe that education better equips one to serve
- See the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a mission of love and redemption
- Recognize that service as a global citizen requires obeying the law, promoting peace, and alleviating suffering in the world
Grow In Christ
True faith is progressive. Through searching the scriptures and following its truths, we grow solid in our faith and move forward toward God’s ideal.
- Know Jesus as a personal Savior and Friend
- Understand that growing in Christ is a continual process
- Recognize that the Holy Spirit’s guidance in regular prayer and Bible study is the basis of our relationship with Jesus
- Demonstrate an understanding of God’s forgiveness and is eager to extend this grace to others
- Seek to help others come to know Christ and grow in Him
- Enjoy having a relationship with Christ today and looks forward to being with Him for eternity
Aspire to Excellence
In scholarship, in physical development, in creating beauty through music and art, and in all else, strive to be excellent, for in doing so, we honor God.
- Make use of critical thinking skills to gather, analyze, and interpret information
- Demonstrate effective communication skills and values teamwork
- Know how to access and use resources in order to solve problems
- Express creativity in thought and is able to convey such ideas through art, literature, music, and other media
- Value the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and makes good decisions regarding nutrition, physical fitness, and personal well-being
San Gabriel Academy is fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) which recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria. Susie Chow, Former WASC Commissioner, California Federation of Teachers said, “the greatest value of the WASC protocol is that it ensures equity and fairness to all students in all schools. Parents, teachers, staff members and students participate in a process that enables them to critically self-examine their school plan, set their own goals and assess if their goals are reached for continuous improvement.”
WASC accreditation is an ongoing six-year cycle of quality whereby the school demonstrates the capacity, commitment, and competence to support high-quality student learning and ongoing school improvement. The school assesses its program and its impact on student learning with respect to the ACS WASC criteria/indicators and other accreditation factors. Schools are expected to participate in self-study training provided by ACS WASC throughout the 18 months prior to the full self-study visit. This self-study process culminates in the refinement of a 3– 5-year schoolwide action plan. Throughout the cycle, a school is expected to address the schoolwide action plan and demonstrate evidence of acceptable student achievement and school improvement. Using the ACS WASC criteria, indicators, and other accreditation factors, the visiting committee will base its accreditation status recommendation on evidence contained in the self-study and encountered during the school visit indicating:
- The degree to which high achievement by all students is occurring
- The capacity of the school to implement, monitor, and accomplish the school-wide action plan aligned to the areas of greatest need impacting student achievement
- The school’s position with respect to institutional and/or governing authority expectations.
For more information on Western Association of Schools and College’s accreditation, please visit WASC’s Accreditation Commission for Schools website at http://www.acswasc.org.
San Gabriel Academy is also accredited by the Seventh-day Adventist North American Division Commission on Accreditation. Information regarding Adventist education can be obtained at http://adventisteducation.org/about/adventist_education/overview.
9-12 Course Descriptions
Below is a detailed description of each of the courses offered here at San Gabriel Academy, along with the course objectives, and a summary of what is expected in the class.
Computer Applications I: An introductory course covering keyboarding and computer skills, including touch-typing, word processing, document formatting, spreadsheet basics, and desktop publishing basics. They will learn to use iMovie as well as a plethora of applications that will be useful in the students’ academic careers.
Visual Communications: An advanced course in which the student will be introduced to basic graphic design concepts and movie making basics. They will learn the intricacies of Adobe Creative Suite applications such as Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop as well as iMovie. Class projects include the SGA Yearbook, SGA promotional videos and brochures, and sports slideshows/movies. Successful completion of Computer Applications 1 is required for admission to this class.
Graphic Design: A one-semester applied arts elective designed to master the basic elements of design and receive hands-on experience. A prior familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photo-Shop is recommended.
Life Skills: A one-semester applied arts elective designed to survey basic skills needed by men and women in everyday life. These skills include personal and family relationships, management of personal and family resources, nutrition and food preparation and service, and clothing selection, care, and construction.
Yearbook: A two-semester course enabling students to learn how to design, edit, and produce the school’s yearbook. Extra-curricular hours are involved during the production stage.
English 9: A freshman-level course building on the knowledge of English grammar to improve reading, writing, and communication skills.
English 10: A sophomore-level course integrating composition and the study of literature. Students learn about literary genres and techniques to improve reading skills and discuss literary works from a variety of cultures. Composition instruction and practice focus on descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive modes.
English 11: A junior-level course integrating composition and the study of literature. Students read and discuss the literature of the United States, from colonial times to the present. Composition instruction and practice focus on narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive modes.
English 12: A senior-level course integrating composition and the study of literature. Students read and discuss the literature of Great Britain, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. Composition instruction and practice focuses largely, but not entirely, on expository and persuasive modes, with special emphasis on preparation of the student for college writing. Each student is encouraged to individually identify and practice productive writing processes.
Chorale: A course designed for the advanced vocal student who exhibits the abilities and desire for choral performance. Students must meet all scheduled concerts. There are approximately 12-15 concerts during each school year. (Students are accepted into this course only through an audition process.)
Choir: A course open to anyone who enjoys singing. Students will learn various types of music and harmonies. Students must meet all scheduled concerts.
Art Appreciation: A course designed to introduce students to various drawing and painting techniques and media. Students will produce a variety of projects using the techniques they have learned.
Intermediate Art: This course will continue the student’s knowledge of art and art techniques. Successful completion of Art Appreciation is required for admission to this class.
Band/Orchestra: A course designed for the students who exhibit a technical ability and control of his/her instrument and who desire to improve his/her musical abilities and appreciation by participating in concert performances.
Hand-bell Choir: A course that explores music through the medium of hand-bells. Beginner and advanced levels are available.
Music Appreciation: A course designed to introduce students to the many genres of music that have been developed throughout the ages. The student will learn to appreciate various types of music.
Spanish I and II: Offered at two levels, these courses begin with an introduction to the Spanish language, with an emphasis on the understanding and speaking of Spanish and a general ability in Spanish grammar. Spanish II is designed as an intermediate, proficiency-oriented course in Spanish. In Spanish II, greater emphasis is placed on composition, reading proficiency, and conversation. These courses may be waived by students from a Spanish-speaking background upon passing proficiency tests.
French I and II: These courses begins with an introduction to the language, emphasizing understanding, the ability to speak French, and a general ability in French grammar and pronunciation. French II is designed as an intermediate, proficiency-oriented course in French. In this course, greater emphasis is placed on composition, reading proficiency, and conversation.
Pre-Algebra: Pre-Algebra is an introductory course that prepares students for Algebra 1. The course is designed to teach students fundamental algebra skills critical for success in subsequent math courses. Some of the topics covered include simplifying expressions, real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, and graphing linear equations.
Algebra I: Algebra I is a first-year course in the study of algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions. Some of the topics covered include simplifying expressions, real numbers, solving equations/inequalities, graphing equations/inequalities, writing linear equations/inequalities, absolute value equations/inequalities, systems of equations/inequalities, direct and inverse variation, exponents and exponential functions, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, rational expressions/equations, radicals, and connections to geometry. PREREQUISITE: Students must pass the Algebra Readiness Test in order to enroll in this course.
Geometry: Geometry is a course in logic, proof, and measurement. Students will develop their ability to construct formal, logical arguments and proofs in geometric settings and problems. Some of the topics covered include definitions, postulates, and theorems regarding angles, segments and lines, arcs, congruent triangles, similar triangles, special quadrilaterals, parallel lines, circles, coordinate geometry, area and volume formulas, transformations, constructions, and right triangle trigonometry.
Algebra II: Algebra II is a math course in the study of algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions. This course complements and expands the mathematical content and concepts of Algebra 1 and Geometry. Some of the topics covered include complex numbers, exponents, radicals, matrices, systems of linear equations, functions (absolute value, exponential, logarithmic, quadratic, radical, polynomial, and rational) and their behavior, solving nonlinear equations, conic sections, combinatorics, probability, and sequences/series. PREREQUISITE: Students of Algebra I and geometry who earn a C- or better and have an acceptable score on the Algebra II Placement Test are allowed to enroll in this course.
Honors Algebra II: Honors Algebra II is a math course in the study of algebraic expressions, equations, inequalities, and functions. This course complements and expands the mathematical content and concepts of Algebra 1 and Geometry. It is an advanced course where students learn to manipulate and apply more advanced functions and algorithms. Some of the topics covered include complex numbers, exponents, radicals, matrices, systems of linear equations, functions (absolute value, exponential, logarithmic, quadratic, radical, polynomial, and rational) and their behavior, solving nonlinear equations, conic sections, combinatorics, probability, and sequences/series. PREREQUISITES: Students must successfully complete Algebra I and geometry, with a B or better, an acceptable score on the Algebra II Readiness Test, and teacher approval in order to enroll in this course.
Pre-Calculus: Pre-calculus is a math course which emphasizes a better understanding of functions and their applications and strengthens students’ mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills. Some of the topics covered include trigonometry, parametric equations, polar coordinates, complex numbers, matrices, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences, and series. PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II with a C- or better and an acceptable score on the Pre-calculus Placement Test will be required for enrollment in this course.
Honors Pre-Calculus: Honors Pre-calculus is a math course which emphasizes a better understanding of functions and their applications and strengthens students’ mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills. It is an advanced course which prepares students for AP Calculus. Some of the topics covered include trigonometry, parametric equations, vectors, polar coordinates, complex numbers, matrices, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences, series, and limits. PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II or Honors Algebra II with a B or better, an acceptable score on the Pre-calculus Readiness Test, and the approval from the instructor are requirements for enrollment in this course.
AP Calculus: AP Calculus AB is a challenging in-depth study of functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, definite integrals, antiderivatives, and real-world applications of differentiation and antidifferentiation. Students will work with functions graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally and understand the connections among these representations. Some of the topics covered include limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives (rates of change, rectilinear motion, related rates, curve-sketching, optimization), integrals, applications of integrals (area, volumes, accumulation of change, differential equations), and techniques of integration.
AP Calculus BC includes all of the AP Calculus AB topics as well as applications using parametric, polar and vector forms, the geometric interpretation and numerical solution of differential equations, improper integrals, series, and Taylor polynomial approximations of functions. PREREQUISITES: Students must pass pre-calculus with a B or better, have an acceptable level on the Pre-calculus Readiness Test, and have approval from the instructor in order to enroll in this course.
Physical Education: Various areas of physical education emphasize different athletic and physical fitness skills. The goal of this course is to develop students who will enjoy participating in sports and physical activity as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Students will be taught basic skills in a variety of sports, as well as good sportsmanship and integration of physical activity into their everyday lives.
Health: A one-semester course designed to develop an understanding of the relationship between one’s daily decisions and their effects on health.
Varsity Sports: A course designed to teach students the skills needed to participate in competitive sports such as volleyball, soccer, cross country, and basketball. Students learn sports and sportsmanship skills. Students are required to maintain academic, citizenship, and attendance grades in order to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation. (Students are accepted into this course only through an audition process.)
Bible 9: A course designed to explore God’s relationship to man as Creator and Redeemer through the study of the books of Genesis and the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Emphasis is placed on the life and teachings of Christ.
Bible 10: A course designed to focus on God and His relationship with people through a study of Exodus and I Corinthians. Emphasis is placed on youth problems and spiritual solutions.
Bible 11/12: Students in their junior and senior years will complete eight courses that include selections emphasizing study in a variety of New Testament books, studies on friendships and relationships, and Christian ethics and morality.
Introduction to Christianity: A course designed to introduce students to the history of Christian ethics and morality. Students not familiar with Seventh-day Adventist practices and studies are encouraged to enroll in this course. This class may be incorporated into the ELI program.
Biology: This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of the science of life. Major biological topics are surveyed so that the knowledge gained will be especially useful for everyday living and for possible future biological studies. CO-REQUISITE: Algebra 1
AP Biology: A comprehensive and accelerated study of life at all levels of biological organization, including the areas of molecules, cells, organisms, and ecosystems. An in-depth study will be made of cellular processes, genetics, origins, a survey of classification taxa and organisms’ anatomy and physiology, with weekly laboratory investigations. Extra weekly lab time is required. An independent, year-long research project will be required by each student (i.e., science fair project). Advanced outside library reading is also required. Students will take the Advanced Placement Exam for biology in the spring. This course is the best choice for the student intending to pursue future biological course studies and a college preparatory science-related career. PREREQUISITE: Students must have a minimum grade of “B” in Biology in order to enroll in this course.
General Chemistry: This is a survey study of most of the basic chemical concepts as required for preparation for college chemistry and prepares the student to relate to a chemical-use society. Weekly laboratory work gives experimental experience in chemistry. Advanced outside library reading is also required. PREREQUISITE: Students must have a minimum grade of “C” in Algebra in order to enroll in this course. It is recommended that students take Algebra II concurrently with this course.
AP Chemistry: A comprehensive college-level study of all general chemistry concepts, including methods of calculating, survey of matter, use of chemical shorthand, atomic structure and periodic properties, bonding, kinetic theory of matter and resulting states of matter, energy concepts, reaction principles, acids, bases, salts, oxidation-reduction, and a survey of organic chemistry. Emphasis is placed on experimental lab work involving mathematical and qualitative analysis. Extra weekly lab time is required. Advanced outside library reading is also required. This course is the best choice for the student intending to pursue future chemical course studies and a college preparatory science-related career. This course prepares the student to take the year-end Advanced Placement Chemistry Test. PREREQUISITE: Students must have a minimum grade of “B” in Algebra II and are encouraged to have taken, or are concurrently taking Pre-Calculus in order to enroll in this course.
Physical Science: This course provides for an introduction to many fundamental principles of the sciences of chemistry and physics. Laboratory work will be done during a lab period. This course is intended to give the non-science oriented student practical knowledge of chemistry and physics for an everyday living.
Physics: This course is designed to present the laws that govern our universe, including the study of force, motion, energy, electricity, optics, and problem-solving. Labs are required.
AP Physics: This course is a college-level course designed to deepen the understanding of the laws that govern our universe, including force, motion, energy, optics, and problem-solving. This course prepares the student to take the year-end Advanced Placement Physics Test. PREREQUISITE: Students must have a minimum grade of “B” in Algebra II in order to enroll in this course.
U.S. Government: A one-semester senior-level course designed to focus on the three-branch structure of government, the Constitution, and the privileges and responsibilities of the American citizen.
AP U.S. Government: A one-semester college-level course for high school seniors designed to take an in-depth approach to the three-branch structure of government, the Constitution, and the privileges and responsibilities of the American citizen. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, research, and writing. This course prepares the student to take the national Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics Test.
U.S. History: A junior-level course designed to trace the development of the United States from the early discovery of North America to the present day. Emphasis is placed on the development of democracy, geographic trends, and current events as related to the past.
AP U.S. History: A college-level course for high school juniors designed to trace the development of the United States from the Colonial Period to the present. Emphasis is placed on the development of democracy, geographic trends, and current events as related to the past. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, research, and writing. This course prepares the student to take the national Advanced Placement U.S. History Test.
Economics: A one-semester study of basic economic principles, emphasizing the general development and implementation of recognized theories of macroeconomics. The course includes a limited review of selected topics of importance concerning consumer and macroeconomics, as well as an analysis of comparative economic systems.
World History: A course designed to survey the world’s history from prehistory to the present, emphasizing the diverse backgrounds of current cultures, nations, and world issues.
Community Service (25 hours per year)
Each student is required to give twenty-five hours of community service for each year they attend a Seventh-day Adventist school. Community service includes volunteer work for which a student is NOT paid and does NOT receive academic credit.
International Student Admission
“In scholarship, in physical development, in creating beauty through music and art, and in all else, strive to be excellent, for in doing so, we honor God.”
6th Grade – 12th Grade
Step One: Student must submit the following documents:
Application/Emergency Consent Form
Student’s school transcripts translated into English
Student Medical Record (Physician’s Examination)
Health Requirement: Personal immunization record with required California
International Student Sponsorship Information Form
Authorization for Adult to Act as custodial parent – Must be Notarized
Photographic Model Release
Copy of a recent bank statement translated to U.S. dollars for proof of financial viability, (At $25,000.00). Must be Notarized or Certified
Copy of passport
Pay $150.00 non-refundable Application Fee
Step Two: The Vice Principal of Academics will contact the applicant and conduct an interview via Skype or in person.
Step Three: The Admission Committee will call the guardian with the acceptance notification.
Step Four: The I-20 and acceptance letter will be given to the guardian after the required registration documents have been turned in, full tuition, and other fees have been paid.
Step Five: Upon receiving your I-20 form, immediately file the SEVIS I-901 and pay your SEVIS fee with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This can be filed online, by mail, or by courier.
Step Six: Set up an appointment to apply for an F-1, student visa, with your home embassy. If the student is denied a visa, the tuition will be refunded (minus application and registration fees).
Step Seven: The student will be given an English Placement Test when the student reports to SGA
How to Apply to SEVIS online
To complete the I-901 form, you will need your I-20 and your SEVIS ID Number (this can be found on your I-20 form on the top right-hand corner of the first page. It will be under the words “Student’s Copy” and above the barcode). In the middle of the screen on the http://www.fmjfee.com website, CLICK on the middle box, “PROCEED TO I901 FORM AND PAYMENT.”
Print out a receipt before you log off the website.
Allow two weeks from the time of filing and payment.
When you go to the US Consulate take four documents with you:
1. Your Passport
2. Your letter of acceptance from San Gabriel Academy
3. The I-20 federal form issued by San Gabriel Academy
4. Receipt or proof that you have filed the SEVIS I-901 fee.
At the U.S. Consulate’s office, you will receive a Booking Appointment Number with a specific date and time to interview with the U.S. officials and request your Student Visa approval.
At the appointment date and time set by the U.S. Consulate, the student should present themselves for the interview at least 30 minutes early.
If the Student Visa is denied, RE-APPLY and request another interview. Often the U.S. Government wants to know the seriousness, positive intent, and determination of the student and parents and their interest to pursue their education, Keep the Registrar of San Gabriel Academy informed of this second interview date and time, as well as the outcome of your interview with the U.S. Consulate.
- Located in San Gabriel, California, and founded in 1960, San Gabriel Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory Seventh-day Adventist school for students in grades seven through twelve.
- Over four hundred students from a variety of cultures who are offered many opportunities to interact with their teachers and one another.
San Gabriel Academy is pleased to welcome students from all parts of the world. It offers a quality, fully accredited Christian education, as well as college preparatory educational experience that will prepare students for higher learning in colleges and universities. SGA strives to present a Christian program, as well as a superior academic, physical, and social education to the students worldwide.
( Source from SGA offical Website)