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For those of you new to Livingstone Adventist Academy let me extend a warm welcome to you.  


Livingstone Adventist Academy is a special place that offers rich and meaningful experiences for its students.  Our staff is here to inspire students to know God, seek wisdom and serve others.  


This is my fourth year as Principal of Livingstone Adventist Academy, 13th year as a Principal and 36th year in education.  


Prior to working as a Principal, I worked as a School Psychologist in the Public School system in Southern California and Southern Oregon for 22 years. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree at Walla Walla University in Psychology and minor in Biology.  Soon after, I earned a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling and Guidance and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Loma Linda University.


I have been married to my wife Michelle for some 31 years and have three children.  My oldest son and daughter are attending Walla Walla University.  My youngest son attends Livingstone Adventist Academy as a Junior in high school.


This has been a trying time for schools and families trying to navigate through Covid-19 pandemic.  We pray that disruptions from Covid will begin to subside this school year and that our students can return to a semblance of normalcy. Our staff look forward to serving and providing excellence in Christian education to your children.   


Again, welcome to Livingstone Adventist Academy and to the 2021-22 school year.



George Personius

Our Mission

Livingstone Adventist Academy inspires its students to know God, seek wisdom, and to serve others.

Our Vision

To be known in the community as a school where the atmosphere is one of an uncompromising dedication to God, academic excellence, and an enthusiastic passion to serve. A place where all parents will want their children to attend because Christ is woven into everthing we do.

Our Philosophy

At Livingstone Adventist Academy we believe each individual was wonderfully made by God. As such we believe each individual deserves the highest respect, honor, and duty. We believe that in order for students to achieve their best, the school and their home must develop a partnership with God as the center. As students develop their character from the inside out, they become the light they were called to be.

Our History

Livingstone Adventist Academy was founded in 1898. It was originally located near the downtown Salem area. It was eventually decided to move just outside the city area to a more rural location where it is today on Fruitland Road.


The name Livingstone can sometimes confuse people trying to pronounce it and spell it. It is pronounced "Livingston" but it is spelled with an "e" at the end. Why? There are two narratives that our most experienced alumni present us with.


The first is that the school was named after Dr. David Livingstone who was an adventurer that worked in Africa helping to bring medicinal healing and knowledge to the locals.


The second is that we get our namesake from 2 Peter 2 which says that we are like "living stones" being built together into a spiritual house upon Christ the chief cornerstone.


While both narratives are worthy to be the reason for which our school was named, it is more likely that we were named after Dr. Livingstone who did much of his work and explorations in Africa.