Our Vision & values

OUR VISION

Rooted in the faith traditions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Deer Lake school is committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and we embrace 
a vision to be a holistic learning environment where individuals grow to their fullest potential as children of God.

OUR VALUES

Integrity 

We will live authentic, trustworthy, and wholly undivided lives.
For we aim at what is honourable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of man.
1 Corinthians 8:21

Service

We will use our strengths and skills to share God’s love in selfless acts of kindness and compassion.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interest 
of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ….
who took on the very nature of a servant.
Philippians 2:3, 4, 7

Family  

We will be a community where everyone is included, respected and valued.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, 
be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8

Belief    

We will grow in knowledge, understanding and love for God. 
Though you have not seen him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy.
1 Peter 1:8 

In the information age, knowledge is everywhere. Information is at our fingertips. To prepare for success in a world that is diverse and rapidly changing, Deer Lake School is determined to impart more than knowledge. We believe that to prepare students for success, they need to become critical thinkers. Students need not only a university entrance diploma, but a portfolio that is already full of life skills and experiences.

We believe the following key areas represent some of life's most important skills and opportunities. We strive to teach and provide experiences reflective of these areas from kindergarten through grade 12. We believe that a small family-oriented school is an ideal environment for students to receive individual attention, encouragement and skill development.

Communication Skills
Knowledge is useless if it cannot be accessed, critically evaluated and communicated. We believe knowing how to access, evaluate and communicate knowledge is part of critical thinking, and vital for success in this century. Whether a student is researching on their tablet, or participating in music, art, language, drama, writing, speaking, science or a carpentry class, the skill of communication is critical for excellence and life success.

Leadership
Knowledge is useless if doesn't make a difference in our world. We want our students to know themselves, to be goal-oriented, and to make an impact in the world. Teaching them and giving them opportunities to develop themselves through leadership orients them towards success and service. Whether it is through student coaching, student led programs, acts of community service or leadership through the student association, the student newspaper or yearbook, leadership opportunities prepare them for success.

Relationships/People Skills
Many brilliant individuals have faltered in life because they didn't understand the importance of relationships. We believe that relationships and people-skills are  more important than ever in the age of information and technology. Our small family-oriented school attempts to develop the skills needed for healthy relationships.


Transformational Life Experiences

Life is richer when we know the God who created us. Whether it is through an international service trip, a Bible class, or community service, it is our belief that every human being is of infinite value to God and that we are created to love and serve others. At Deer Lake School we strive to create transformational life experiences where students not only learn to understand themselves and the world they live in, but also the purpose for which God has created and gifted them.