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

Battle Creek Academy is a team of educational professionals dedicated to providing quality Christian education and the transmission of our Adventist values and culture to students of our community. Our Academy is motivated by the positive values coming from a trust relationship with God, service to others, and cultivation of a desire to learn.

Our values are centered in Christ and reveal themselves as students grow into their potential, developing an effective ministry in the family, the church, and the community. We prize the principles of integrity, unconditional acceptance, stewardship, and fiscal stability, and we seek to offer a curriculum that challenges students to own their faith.

We serve our students, their families, the Adventist churches that sponsor us and the wider community in which we live. We serve by continuing a century-long tradition of providing Christ-centered education rich in the revelation of God’s grace, and by emphasizing the integrated development of the whole person. We seek to offer a safe campus with a nurturing staff that models Adventist beliefs.

We are intentional about developing servant-leaders who build the community and who are ambassadors for the Lord. We seek partnership with the homes and churches of our students in preparing young people for their eternal home

Our Philosophy

Battle Creek Academy is a co-educational elementary-secondary day school operated by four local churches to provide a Seventh-day Adventist Christian education for youth in surrounding communities. Battle Creek Academy believes man and universe to be the handiwork of the Divine Creator who guides and sustains all. God is considered the Source of all knowledge and wisdom, and His revealed will is the standard of right and truth.

With this as its philosophical foundation, the school endeavors to provide its pupils with an educational program that leads to a full commitment of their social, intellectual, physical, and spiritual resources to the service of God and man, and an environment that encourages members of the school family to develop a positive personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The prime purpose for the existence of the school is to provide a quality education in an atmosphere conducive to the development of the spiritual life of the student. A true knowledge of God, fellowship and communion with Him in study and service, and likeness to Him in character development are to be respectively the source, the means, and the aim of Battle Creek Academy. Battle Creek Academy conducts a distinctive educational program based on a curriculum designed to prepare the student to cope effectively with the everyday experiences of life within the context of the Seventh-day Adventist world view and system of values.

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.


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


Celebrating over 140 years of Christian education