In 1988 what seemed unclear became highlighted and focused as concerned parents, educators, education secretaries and pastors of 8, then 10, churches in the North Bronx and Lower Westchester area met each month and established The Bronx-Westchester S.D.A. Education Committee groups goals of establishing a Seventh-day Adventist Educational/Evangelistic Center were set to:

Oakview Preparatory School of Seventh-Day Adventists provides Christian Education for children, based on Biblical principles. In so doing, the school seeks to:

  • Promote spiritual and moral development – character building

  • Maintain high standards of academic excellence at all levels in all areas.

  • Teach and practice fundamental principles of health and physical well-being.

  • Instill interest and knowledge of all cultures.

  • Instill respect for the worth of the individual.

  • Teach the responsibilities and privileges of good citizenship.

  • Instruct students in practical life skills (e.g. Home Economics, Technology, Finance, etc.) and the dignity of labor.

  • Prepare a student for service to God, church, community, and fellowmen.

In summary:

We believe “true education means more than the pursuant of a certain course of study. It means more than 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 is the harmonious development of the physical, mental and spiritual powers. It prepares the students for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of service in the world to come.” 

Education by E. G. White, p. 13