We believe that as Christians, we can talk about "loving our neighbor" and "fulfilling the great commission" as much as we like, but until we do it, it does nothing for others or ourselves. That's why we make service and outreach a part of the lives of every student - from junior kindergarten through grade 12 - at Pacific Academy.
Younger children start with projects that are closer to home, like area senior housing centers. Then, as they grow and mature, they follow the Biblical model of moving from Jerusalem to Judea and to the ends of the earth.
For example, the high school has sent teams out into North, South and Central America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe to deliver the Good News. They've built classrooms, clinics, churches and houses. They've dug wells, immunized children, delivered emergency food and much more. Over the years, more than 1,000 Pacific Academy students have been part of these teams and nearly all of them have said their lives have been impacted and changed by the experience.
There are also regular school-wide out reach opportunities such as Nightshift Ministries, The Outreach Walk, and the collection of food for various food banks. These efforts regularly draw the entire school together and transform our attention away from ourselves and place it on those in need around us.
Inextricably part of who we are.
Outreach runs deep here at Pacific Academy. In fact, our commitment is so strong that nearly 90% of new families cite our outreach efforts as the reason for wanting their child/children to attend. What's more, over 80% of graduating students report their outreach experience as dramatically impacting their lives. And nothing makes us happier.