Laurelwood Academy recently received its accreditation review. The educational program at Laurelwood Academy has great instructors that provide a robust preparation for the students' next stage. We seek to integrate our instruction to application through different projects. We also aim to align our educational program to the Common Core Standards.
Many of our graduates have become pastors, nurses, doctors, missionaries, farmers, teachers, and more. We provide vocational development through the growth of work ethics helping make leaders that constantly seek to improve.
From concerts at a local nursing home to international mission trips, Laurelwood Academy educates in service. We want to make servants. Students can organize outreach activities, and other community service endeavors. We want our students to share with others because they themselves have received from God.
In 1904, the Western Oregon Conference voted to establish a Christian school for the young people in its constituency. The conference purchased fifty-eight acres of land from Mr. R. D. Walker about four and one-half miles southeast of Gaston. Because of the abundance of Laurel trees, the school was called Laurelwood.
The beginnings of Laurelwood Academy were humble indeed. The school started with only two buildings and less than a dozen students. It grew until it housed almost 300 students.
In 1985, the Oregon Conference made a decision to close Laurelwood Academy. In 1988, the school was sold. By September of the same year, Laurelwood Academy, Inc. came into being as a self-supporting institution.
Laurelwood Academy held its first school year in Jasper, Oregon during the years 2003-2004. Laurelwood grew its student body size to 45 students during the following years. In 2011, due to administrative and organizational changes, Laurelwood downsized to only a handful of students and staff.
Today, Laurelwood's goal is to restart its boarding facilities in the next couple of years. Please continue to pray with us as we seek to prepare more young men and women to be missionaries and citizens of the Celestial City.