School by the Sea was established in September of 1996 by an organizing body of three former employees of the Polish SDA Spiritual Seminary in the department of foreign languages.
The school was well greeted in the town of Kolobrzeg, where we are operating currently. In spite of a highly competitive teaching market, every year the school is more and more successful. During the first year of operation we had 70 students.
Not all of the teachers are Adventists. We view having them as one aspect of our mission. Our goal is to teach them new attitudes.
Every Friday morning at 9:00 we have worship services for the staff of the school. We find them very important both in our personal life and in the life of our school.
We attempt to make our school as open and affordable as possible to keep it a mission instead of letting it become just another business. The school accepts any applicant who desires to make progress in personal development. We are willing to help students who are unable to meet the financial requirements and offer a variety of discounts (often in the form of scholastic scholarships) to make payment easier.
School by the Sea also provide free extra-curricular programs. We are introducing students to the spiritual sides of Christmas and Easter through biblical holiday programs. One of our employees specializes in running programs for elementary and high schools about tobacco, drugs, TV, violence, premarital sex, etc. There are good responses to the programs both from students as well as teachers. Sometimes we are invited to public schools to teach on all kinds of life topics like: addictions, dating, marriage, planning the future etc. Unfortunately we aren't allowed to talk on spiritual subjects in the state school. Very often we can't help to break the rule sharing personal testimonies.
We also offer activities for young people during vacations. For instance, School by the Sea organizes summer trips. We take them to SDA camp meetings. They meet new friends there and are exposed to God's love.
In March of 1999, School by the Sea, in cooperation with Laurelwood Academy, held a series of family, health and religious meetings for two weeks. The result was unpredictable. Meetings like this usually attract only 20 elderly people, and even they generally stop attending after a few days. This time 200 young people were coming. All of the attendees received The Bible, The Desire of Ages, The Great Controversy, and Steps to Christ.
School by the Sea also supports other evangelistic projects financially. Some time ago we purchased musical instruments and sound equipment for the local church as well as sending aid for the flood victims in Ukraine. We support financially Correspondence Bible School which every year attracts hundreds of people with the Bible message. It is the fourth year we are privileged to pay for meals for the very poor country children from former collective farm families whose parents have been without a job for years. Their teachers say it is often their only or second meal during a day. We wish we could do more for these children.