Moravian Academy

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Moravian Academy
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Established 1742, 1971
Type Independent, Coeducational, and College Preparatory School
Headmaster Mr. George N. King, Jr.
Founder Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf
Students 802
Grades Pre-K–12
Location Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Campus Urban (Lower-Middle), Suburban (Upper)
Colors Red and Gold         
Mascot Lion
Website http://www.moravianacademy.org

Moravian Academy, located in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the United States, is a prekindergarten through 12th grade coeducational college preparatory school. It predominantly serves students from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.

Moravian Academy is an independent school, but traces its origins to the Moravians, who settled Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1741. The Academy descends from the first school for girls founded in the American colonies, Moravian Seminary, founded in 1742 by Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf. It is the ninth oldest independent school in the United States. In 1971, Moravian Seminary for Girls and Moravian Preparatory School merged, creating Moravian as it is today. It was formerly a boarding school, but is now for day students only.

Moravian Academy has a religious heritage in the Moravian Church, but now refers to itself as a "church-related school",[1] welcoming students from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. The school holds weekly interfaith chapel services for students that both celebrate the diverse religious traditions of the school community and honor the school's Moravian heritage.

Moravian is made up of three divisions: The Upper, Middle and Lower Schools. The Upper School is located on Green Pond Campus, and the Lower and Middle Schools are located in downtown Bethlehem. The Middle School is based in the Devey Building, dedicated to Mr. Devey, a former headmaster, and the 7 East building.

The Lower School comprises Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, the Middle School comprises 6th through 8th and the Upper School contains grades 9 through 12.

Scholastic Scrimmage[edit]

In 2006, Moravian Academy took second place in Pennsylvania's Scholastic Scrimmage, losing to Allentown Central Catholic High School in the finals. In 2008, they won first place with Liberty High School coming in second. In 2009, they won for the second consecutive year, with Wilson Area High School coming in second-place. In 2013, Moravian won first place again with Freedom High School coming in second. The 2013 winning team consisted of captain, Madhav Sekar, Evan Burke, Gareth Messman, and Kara Chyung.

Notable events[edit]

In April of 1995 a man whose behavior caused local bank employees to activate an alarm fled from police and ran into Moravian's Devey Building. Police surrounded the building and evacuated teachers and students, before a K9 unit and a police special operations team entered the building and captured the suspect, who was hiding in the boiler room. The incident led to widespread criticism of school policies that allowed public access doors to remain unlocked during the school day.[2]

In November of 1999 Moravian Academy's Upper Campus was evacuated several times over a period of 2 weeks after school officials received letters claiming there was a bomb in one of the buildings.[3]

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Coordinates: 40°40′44″N 75°18′42″W / 40.678945°N 75.311794°W / 40.678945; -75.311794