Adventists operate the world's largest Protestant education system and the second largest private school system in the world.
On an average weekday, 1.7 million children, youth and young adults study with 85,000 teachers in 7,880 Adventist schools, colleges and universities in 145 countries.
Many students are from the poorest, least advantaged backgrounds.
Adventist schools are open to non-Adventists and are highly regarded for their caring, devoted staff and high moral and academic standards, all in a safe Christian environment.
Since the first Seventh-day Adventist school commenced on St Kilda Road, Melbourne in the early 1890’s, our education system has become a significant contributor to the worldwide network of Adventist schools.
Today, Adventist Schools Australia serves the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church by providing strategic direction and support to 50 school campuses spread across Australia that are offering Christian education to 13,000 students.
Our dedicated team of principals, teaching and support staff is committed to providing a high quality, Christ-centred, non-selective education to all who pass through our classrooms.
We understand the significant responsibility entrusted to us to shape the minds and souls of the young people in our care and welcome you to discover more about our schools, where our teachers engage daily in the important work of teaching, challenging and transforming the leaders and citizens of tomorrow.
Avondale is a private institution of higher education offering a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and vocational courses. Its educational program seeks to develop the whole person. The two campuses, at Cooranbong and Sydney, provide safe and pleasant environments where students may enjoy Christian friendship while receiving a quality education.
Avondale offers undergraduate degrees in Arts, Business, Science, Education, Nursing, and Theology. Postgraduate courses are available in Education, Leadership and Management, Nursing, Theology, and PhD. Vocational studies are available in Outdoor Recreation.
Avondale welcomes a growing number of students of other faith traditions who desire higher education in a Christian context. Students come from all states of Australia and from overseas. About 14 per cent of degree students are from countries outside Australia and New Zealand. About 60 per cent of undergraduates are boarding students, experiencing the interchange of ideas and group activities which are the strengths of residential campuses.
Avondale’s graduates are widely sought after by employers. Many Avondale graduates have progressed to master and doctoral degrees at Australian and overseas universities, with an outstanding record of achievement.