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True Education

To Prove God Right is a journey to be traveled step by step, and with His guidance, we learn to follow His lead every day. As teachers and students, we support each other along the way. And as we struggle, fail, and learn from mistakes, we come to the conclusion that God must be the center of and reason for everything. This is Weimar Academy’s whole focus.

A typical day for a student attending Weimar Academy will include exercise, classes, choir, work, and play. As those days stretch into weeks, community involvement, outdoor activities, and spiritual outreach is included. In the scheme of time, weeks become months, months become years… and years eventually add up. The time spent at this school is meant to impact a student’s life, not only for the years spent here, but for eternity.

According to Ellen G. White, true education includes more than just academics and study. An education should benefit one’s whole being and existence. It should affect not only the life here, but also the life that is to come. By God’s grace, teachers are led to Weimar Academy to be providers of education, but also to be friends, mentors, and examples as well. These servants of God work diligently to provide students with lessons about our Heavenly Father, and concepts that are grounded in His word. Their goal is to make Christ the center of all and to prove, in everything, that He is right.

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Rachel Gitter

Weimar Academy Class of 2021

Having been involved with Weimar Academy for the past six years, 3 of which I have spent enrolled in the Academy, I have had my fair share of Weimar experiences. I have seen people grow not only physically from a Freshman to a Senior, but I have also seen the spiritual lives of the students grow because of the environment they have been placed in. Every part of the school day gives students the opportunity to grow closer to Christ and deepen their relationship with Him. From morning worship and classes, to work education and choir, everything we do has been put in place to help us practically live out our school motto… to “prove God right.”

That is the goal. Every student is given the opportunity to practically learn how to “prove God right.” I am now entering my fourth and final year here at the Academy and if there is one thing that I have learned, it is this: don’t put anything off till tomorrow unless you are willing to lose it forever. Looking back on my time at Weimar, I can see the many opportunities I have missed. The countless optional spiritual activities and Bible studies that I neglected to attend, the meaningful conversations that were cut short for lack of time, all these things are finally catching up to me.

As a freshman, I never thought the time would come for me to graduate, yet here I am nearing the end of my journey. This place that I have come to know and love has so much to offer, but it is up to the individual to decide what their story will be. If you take advantage of the opportunities that the Academy provides, you won’t be disappointed. Since I first began here at the school, I can say that without a shadow of a doubt I am a different person than when I first came. With the help of teachers and experiences that pushed me out of my comfort zone, I have truly been able to deepen my relationship with Christ and more importantly, I have learned to prove Him right.

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Tanner Fisher

Weimar Academy Class of 2020

Daily Life

Weimar Academy is a place associated with many things. You may think that this place is a strict conservative regime, but in actuality, it is probably not as bad as you think. When I first read the handbook and moved into the dorm, I prepared myself for the strictest of principles; however, it did not turn out quite the way I thought it would. It is really the people that make the place what it is. The people here were not a cult of homeschoolers, but actually cool people who were not as weird as I thought they would be. The students of Weimar are normal Christian teenagers, who simply have a genuine desire to learn, to love, and to serve God with all their hearts. Not everyone who comes here will perfectly fit the mold, so do not expect utopia, but realize that if you choose God, He will guide and reassure you in your journey with Him.

Here in the dorm there are some responsibilities that you might not have had at home. You will not have mommy and daddy there to give you everything you might want or need. Laundry will be your own responsibility. No one will be there to prod you on about homework. You will have to take care of yourself in some respects, but that is a useful thing to learn when you are still in high school and have the mentorship of staff and godly friends.

There are some great benefits with living right down the hall from your friends. There is definitely more bonding time with fellow students, which can be a real blessing. The deans are here to help and guide the students, but if you need help, you will have to reach out to them, because they might not be as good at mindreading as your parents. Weimar Academy is a great opportunity to learn to know God and develop lifelong friends if that is your sincere desire.

Weimar is not just like home. If you choose to look for them, there will always be opportunity to complain. The cafeteria food will be different from home-cooked food. Many things that you might feel are a major part of your life are not allowed in Weimar, including movies, gaming, and other media. But one thing I have learned even more here is that there is a deeper, more beautiful meaning to life than entertainment. Learning to be a more socially interactive and productive person is one of the greatest blessings God gave me. Ultimately, there are pros and cons with practically everything in life. Is my school perfect? By no means, but it has been a major blessing in my life. Who knows if God has a plan for you that will lead you here? Pray and ask God if He has a plan for you at Weimar.

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Jonathan Supit

Weimar Academy Class of 2022

Living on campus comes with the advantage of being close to everything, but being a village student living nearby has its benefits as well. We get the same experience as being on campus, just farther away. My house is located 5 minutes from campus, and walking through the trails to the school every morning is always a blessing to enjoy God’s creation. It is also a great relief to have a break once in a while from Weimar campus, and a privilege that not all students have. I would recommend being a village student for those who live around the area, who think it would be better to stay with their families, and who want to save a considerable amount of money. You will be able to enjoy the richness of Weimar Academy – the priceless experiences, the friends, and the communion with God – all from the comfort of your own house and with your family close to you.

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Joaquín Ramírez

Weimar Academy Class of 2020

Beyond the Classroom

There will never be the “perfect” student, but here at Weimar Academy you will find those who strive for Christ’s perfection. Because Christ is such an important part of our lives, you’ll also find that serving and praising God comes easily to us.

Every morning before classes, we begin with a time for song and worship. Throughout the school year, each student shares a worship talk. Normally the worship talks go by classes starting with the seniors first all the way to the freshmen. There is something special about how each student describes God in their own personal way, and while it may seem intimidating at first, it is an opportunity you will not regret.

Another time where each student can not only learn more about, but experience, God, is during week of prayer. Every semester, we bring in a guest to speak about prayer, full surrender, and practical Christianity. Some of these past speakers have included Anil Kanda and Gem Castor. Through their messages and the time spent together in prayer, each academy student is not only able to see a clearer picture of Christ, but also have tools to show others to Him as well.

If there’s anything that each academy student looks forward to the most, it would probably be divided between two of Weimar Academy’s highlights of the year: choir tour and mission trip. Both of those events are instrumental in shaping the experiences of the student body for the rest of the year. It is during these moments when prayer and faith are increased, and lifelong memories are made.

It is only because of God that daily worship talks, week of prayer, choir tour, and mission trips exist. None of the blessings we receive are because of our own works. It is our desire that Christ be increased in everything we do, and we hope that is the desire of every prospective student as well.

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Michelle Villasante

Weimar Academy Class of 2020

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!

Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.”

Psalm 95:1

We are surrounded by music. Whether you’re at your local grocery store or walking through a park, chances are you will hear some kind of music. Because of how important music is, it is not something to be overlooked in the course of true education. That is why it is incorporated into our daily school schedule at Weimar Academy. Each student is given the opportunity to glorify God through means of song, whether by singing in choir, participating in the orchestra, or simply leading out in worship services. While all the students are required to participate in one way or another, one advantage of the music program is that you do not need to be an exceptional singer or be the best at a particular instrument. No matter your skill level, you will have the chance to grow musically and be a part of worshipping God through song. A special part of the Weimar Academy experience would definitively be choir tour. As a whole school we get to travel, share music with various churches, create long lasting memories, and bond with one another. While we are blessing others, we are ourselves are also blessed as we experience God working through us in ways we could never have imagined. The goal of the music program is for music to become a natural expression of the students’ love for God employing the whole heart, soul, mind, and strength into musical worship. In this way, music can be a powerful force to reach people who could not have been reached otherwise.

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Sunika Tarusenga-Jojo

Weimar Academy Class of 2020

Weimar Institute collectively believes that a work education program is an effective way by which the students can practically learn to labor, to gain essential skills, and to serve both God and their fellow man. Not only does it induce a sense of teamwork and initiative, but it also encourages them to be leaders.

The work education program has given many academy students the opportunity to gain experience working in various positions, such as custodial, media, cafeteria, grounds, and as teaching assistants and resident assistants. These experiences have, in return, opened the doors for every student to serve their school, their homes, and their communities with an attentive and diligent work ethic.

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The youth should be led to see the true dignity of labor. Show them that God is a constant worker. Action pervades the whole creation, and in order to fulfill our mission we, too, must be active.

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Dorling Cullinane 

Fmr. Cafeteria Work Ed Supervisor 

To Heal a Hurting World

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’ ” (Matt. 25:40). These are the very words that Jesus spoke as well as the words by which He so faithfully lived. Everything that Jesus did on this earth was for the wellbeing of others. Jesus’ selflessness was shown when he gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, walk to the lame, speech to the dumb, freedom from demotic possession, food for the hungry, compassion for the sinners, and most importantly, when He gave love and forgiveness to all with a broken heart. Jesus came to heal and serve a hurting people.

As followers of Christ, we should strive every day to live as Jesus did. That is why here at Weimar Academy, we take service so seriously. Every student is given many opportunities for service, as participation in many outreach activities is required. One of these activities is TCI (Total Community Involvement). As a part of this initiative, the whole school goes out one day every week and connects with those in community instead of doing regular academic school classes in the morning. The students make new friends by going door to door, offering their services, and showing them Weimar Institute’s various programs where many can get help for their physical and spiritual needs. The students also learn to labor in love for others. Whether by raking a lawn, cleaning out a house, washing a car, baking cookies, singing, or praying, it is all done for those in the community who are in need.

Another opportunity for service is choir tour. Once a year the whole school tours across California with its orchestra and choir performing sacred Christian music. The goal of this tour is not to bring any glory or honor to the students, but to give it all to Jesus. Many are greatly moved by the deep words and meanings of the songs, their introductions, and testimonies. It is a mission trip in itself. Aside from just concerts, the school also does other work on tour such as handing out literature and helping other churches and organizations with different events and outreach. It is also a great opportunity for the students to bond and make lasting friendships with one another and those whom they serve.

One of the biggest events and highlights of the year is mission trips. Every student has the opportunity to go out and serve God in another non-local location for two weeks. This gives the students fresh perspectives and sheds light onto living conditions in places where ordinary necessities are not accessible. Just a few trips of the past include Bolivia, Belize, Kenya, Arizona, Philippines, Palou, Cuba, and Dutch Curacao. On these trips the students have been a part of medical clinics, building projects, concerts, health expos, outreach, evangelistic meetings, door to door literature distribution, week of prayers, vacation Bible schools, and much more. When a person serves in a place that is out of their comfort zone, it forces them to rely fully on God and His strength. When a person has no other option but to recognize their own weakness, God’s strength is seen most clearly. Many miracles are seen every single year on the Academy’s mission trips when God manifested His power and intervened for His people.

“Words of kindness, looks of sympathy, expressions of appreciation, would to many a struggling, lonely one be as a cup of cold water to a thirsty soul. A word of cheer, an act of kindness, would go far to lighten the burdens that are resting heavily upon weary shoulders. It is in unselfish ministry that true happiness is found. And every word and deed of such service is recorded in the books of heaven as done for Christ.”

7T 49.4

It is such a blessing and great opportunity for the students of Weimar Academy to walk in the shoes of Jesus in taking care of one another through service. These three aforementioned service opportunities are not exclusive. Each student, every day, learns to lay self aside and to honor God through serving his or her fellow man. It is such an honor that God has called His youth to do the very things that Jesus did on this earth, and it is Weimar Academy’s honor to raise up a God-loving youth who deny self to bring others to God.

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Chantal Ross

Weimar Academy Class of 2020

Weimar Academy is a place where students come not just to learn new things, but to offer what they have learned to the world around them. Sharing what God has done for them is integrated fully into the program. Through giving worship for the whole student body, music ministry, doing yard work for the community, and actively seeking to help each other, students are encouraged to make Christ-like service a part of their lives. When sharing the Gospel of Jesus through service to others becomes a habit, there is no limit to how God can use their talents all throughout their lives!

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Becky Nelson

Fmr. Logistics Coordinator and English Teacher