Bakersfield Adventist Academy


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Student Handbook
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Welcome

Bakersfield Adventist Academy is a supportive and caring learning community. While a high priority is placed on academic excellence, the primary focus of the school is to encourage students to experience a growing relationship with Jesus, realize their individual worth as children of God and engage in a lifestyle of service to others.
 
The Academy has been delivering quality education for 110 years, first as and elementary school and for more than 40 years as a K-12 school. It is typical for 70% of the students to achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Approximately 85% of its graduates go on to college.
 
The Academy is part of a worldwide school system of more than 1,000 Adventist K–12 schools and 15 colleges and universities located in the United States, Canada and Bermuda with more than 65,000 students. Worldwide there are more than a million students in Adventist Education.
 
BAA places high value on educating the whole person in the balanced development of spiritual, intellectual, social and physical dimensions of life. Ultimately Bakersfield Adventist Academy is committed to providing an environment where students can encounter Jesus and achieve the potential with which He has gifted them.
 
Bakersfield Adventist Academy is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, and National Council of Private Schools Accreditation. 
 
Value Statement
Living Christianity: Loving, Caring, and Respecting
 
Mission Statement
To provide a safe environment for students to:
·         Develop a relationship with Christ
·         Excel academically
·         Develop social skills which will nurture an attitude of service

History
The Seventh-day Adventist Church was established in the area in 1894. In 1902 a small, one room school was opened next to the church at the corner of 8th Street and Eye Street with eight students and Mrs. Minnie Miller as teacher. The school became a junior academy in 1940 with the addition of grades nine and ten. With the support of all the Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Bakersfield area grades eleven and twelve were added in 1968 at its present location and the school became Bakersfield Adventist Academy.
 
Location
The Academy is located in East Bakersfield near the 178 freeway between Mt. Vernon Avenue and Oswell Avenue at 3333 Bernard Street.
 
Philosophy and Objectives
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that God, the Creator and Sustainer of the earth and the entire universe, is the source of knowledge and wisdom. God created perfect human beings in His own image. Because of sin, man lost his original state. Adventist education seeks to work with God to renew faith in Christ; to restore in human beings the image of our Maker; to nurture in men and women an intelligent dedication to the work of God on earth, and to develop in men and women a practical preparation for conscientious service to their fellow human beings.
 
Seventh-day Adventists believe that knowledge of a personal God can never be derived by human reason alone, but that God has communicated His nature, purposes, and plans through divine revelation. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and contain a revelation of His will, and they constitute for the church the only unerring rule of faith and practice. The church membership accepts the gift of prophecy as manifested through special revelation to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the life and ministry of Ellen G. White. In this respect, Seventh-day Adventists accept divine revelation as the guiding principle in their philosophy of education. They believe that their teachers are servants of God; and their students, children of God.
 
A true knowledge of God, fellowship and companionship with Him in study and service, and likeness to Him in character development, are to be the source, the means, and the aim of Seventh-day Adventist education.
 
The Seventh-day Adventist Church desires, through all its educational programs, to help prepare students for effective citizenship on this earth and for rewarding citizenship in the New Earth.
 
The educational program of the church gives primary emphasis to character building and to the spiritual foundation of the life of its children and youth.
 
Bakersfield Adventist Academy is dedicated to the education of the whole person--spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially. This education is the joint responsibility of the home, the church, and the school. Our goal is to provide activities and an environment that encourages students to think independently as they grow. Classroom instruction is aimed at helping each student reach his/her individual potential and prepare for life's demands.
 
Expected School-Wide Learning Results
 
SPIRITUAL
Students will demonstrate growth in their relationship with Christ, biblical knowledge and service to others.
 
As the body without the spirit is dead so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26 NKJV
 
PHYSICAL
Students will demonstrate knowledge of and practice health and fitness principles.
 
Glorify God in your body and in your spirit. I Corinthians 6:20 NKJV
 
INTELLECTUAL
Students will demonstrate growth in basic life competencies, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
 
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go.
Proverbs 4:13 NKJV
 
COMMUNITY
Students will function in and contribute to their communities. 

Have compassion for one another, love as brothers, be tender-hearted, be courteous. I Peter 3:8 NKJV


EMOTIONAL
Students will demonstrate growth in positive emotional health .
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:15 NKJV
 


 
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