Lester Coon Adventist School (LCA) is a small three-classroom school for grades K-8, located in the countryside just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our staff is committed to nurturing and getting to know each child individually.
The purpose of Christian education is to inspire young people with principles of truth, obedience, honor, integrity, justice and purity — principles that will make each a positive force for the stability and uplifting of society. We are at war with the enemy of our souls for the minds and lives of our children, so we must make use of every means at our disposal to keep them focused on and connected to Jesus.
LCA was established in order that the young may be surrounded by the most favorable circumstances for the formation of characters strong enough to withstand the evils of this world while serving mankind.
The Christian school plays a very important role in supporting the home and church in developing the minds and hearts of youth to be open to the power of God’s Holy Spirit.
True education means more than the pursuit of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is … It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.
~Ellen White, Education, p. 13
The Importance of Christian Education
LCA is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide a spiritually-oriented education for children. A belief in the existence of the Creator God is fundamental in the philosophy of SDA schools. We respect God’s divine authority and recognize His intervention in human affairs. Each LCA student is encouraged to:
- develop a personal relationship with God as well as with fellow men (and women) as stated in Matthew 2:37-39
- master the basic academic skills
- value labor, physical and mental, as the blessing God intended
- cultivate physical fitness, mental ability and moral purity
LCA operates in harmony with the guidance and direction of the Office of Education, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.