About BCA

What is Battle Creek Academy?

Battle Creek Academy is the flagship educational institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As part of the church’s worldwide network of schools we have been providing the very best in Christian education in historic Battle Creek, Michigan since 1872.  Located on a 44.5-acre site we are just one-half mile away from the site of the old Battle Creek College, and about an hour and half away from Andrews University, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s flagship institution of higher learning. The teacher to student ratio is currently about 1-9 with an average student population of about 100 students from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Battle Creek Academy enjoys the support of three constituent churches: the Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church, Urbandale Seventh-day Adventist Church and Delton Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition, the school is under the umbrella of the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

 

Our Mission

To provide a safe, nurturing, Christ-centered Seventh-day Adventist educational program that promotes excellence in our students’ spiritual, academic, physical and social development to prepare them for service in this world and in the world to come.

Our Philosophy

We believe that man and the universe are the handiwork of God, our Divine Creator.  We believe He sustains all, is the Source of all true knowledge and wisdom, and His revealed will is the standard of right and truth.  We promote a distinctive educational program that strives for character and life development within the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church mission, world view, and educational philosophies.  We seek partnership with the families and the homes of our students, and the local Seventh-day Adventist churches in preparing young people for their eternal home.

We pursue excellence by fostering an educational setting that teaches and affirms the following:

Spiritual:

  • Having a personal and redeeming relationship with Jesus Christ
  • The Bible as the only standard by which all teachings and experience must be tested
  • The inspired writings of Ellen G. White that guide us to a greater understanding of the Bible and His character
  • Using one’s spiritual gifts to actively participate in the Gospel Commission

 

Academic:

  • An inner desire to learn and achieve our unique potential and to be a blessing to mankind.
  • Allowing the Bible and a true understanding of nature to mold our students into “men and women who possess breadth of mind, clearness of thought, and the courage of their convictions.” Education page 18
  • To strive towards our unlimited potential in growth and learning in every branch of true knowledge.

 

Physical:

  • A culture of whole person health and fitness (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  • Healthful living (e.g. nutrition, exercise, water, sunshine, temperance, air, rest and trust in God) as a personal lifestyle and a way to witness for Jesus

 

Social:

  • Moral purity and the rejection of all inappropriate worldly influences
  • Positive and edifying interactions between and among students and faculty
  • Active service to our local churches and community
  • Celebrating and leveraging our multicultural diversity

Our History

Only six years after the American Civil War ended, the Seventh-day Adventist denomination made a choice to begin its first official church operated school. The roots of this family oriented educational system were planted here in Battle Creek, Michigan, as it opened its doors on June 3, 1872, with just twelve students.

Among the first students to attend the school were sons of early Battle Creek residents who included: James Edson White, John Harvey Kellogg, Clarence White and William Keith Kellogg. These young men matured into community, church, and world leaders.

Now, still rooted in the belief that a Christian school is meant to be an extension of the family, Battle Creek Academy imparts excellence in education and Christian values to its students in Kindergarten through the 12th Grade.

In the 21st century, with more than 5,000 Seventh-day Adventist educational institutions spanning the globe, Battle Creek Academy’s vision remains that of inspiring every student with a passion to willingly consecrate every faculty to the service of Jesus Christ, and thereby provide an army of competent youth to spread the Third Angel’s Message with power, ushering in the Second Advent of Christ.

Like our pioneers, we have wholeheartedly embraced our mission to produce a complete student to deliver a complete message of the Gospel wherever life may take them.

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Battle Creek Academy at Kendall St, that opened it’s doors in 1904.

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Celebrating over 140 years of Christian education