Does one have to be an Adventist to enroll a student at Cypress School? The answer is NO.
In recent years about 40% of our students come from belief systems other than Adventist. Faith traditions represented in our school family in recent years include the following: Adventist, Baha’i, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Islam, LDS, Methodist, Non-denominational Protestant, and Orthodox, plus some who are not aligned with a particular church but want a faith and values-based education for their children. We believe that God’s love extends to all of his children and that his family on earth is made up of a large tent of people.
We feel that the most significant measure of spirituality is found in how we treat each other. We believe that personal spirituality and values are best expressed in behaviors and actions. While we don’t hide the unique things that make us Adventist, we don’t believe in forcing others to believe the way that we do.
A Spiritual Community
Our religious values and Bible curriculum are centered in the historic Judeo-Christian faith tradition found in the Scriptures. Students in lower grades study Bible heroes and learn Bible memory verses. Upper grade religion classes focus on a literature-based approach to studying the Bible. Students study both Old and New Testament Bible Books and themes in their whole literary context.
We have school wide chapel every Friday. Classes take turns leading in songs, praise, and prayer. A local area pastor or one of our teachers shares a short story or experience. This weekly event helps create a spiritually inclusive family feel on our campus. We experience great joy in praising God together.
Each quarter (four times a year) the Cypress Family leads in a worship service in one of the school constituent Adventist Churches that supports the school financially. Students lead in praise songs, choir, chime and hand bell choirs, Scripture readings, prayers, and sometimes a children’s story. These are powerful moments when our whole school family infuses local church communities with dynamic young life leading out in corporate worship of our great God. These occasions conclude with a social hour where a vegetarian meal is served by the host church.