Highland Academy

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Highland Academy
Highland Academy Logo.png
211 Highland Circle Dr.
Portland, TN 37148
United States
Coordinates 36°31′19″N 86°29′49″W / 36.52183°N 86.49697°W / 36.52183; -86.49697
Religious affiliation(s) Protestant
Status Open
CEEB code 431892
Principal Chadd Watkins
Chaplain Nolan Williams
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 78
Average class size 19
Language English
Campus Rural
Campus size 300 acres (120 ha)
Color(s) Hunter Green, White
Athletics Gymnix, Intramurals
Accreditation AASASCU, NCPSA, AdvancED
Yearbook Chimes
Affiliations Seventh-day Adventist Church

Highland Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist boarding and day school located on a 300-acre (120 ha) campus in Portland, Tennessee. It is owned and operated by the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[1][2][3][4]

General information[edit]

Highland Academy is a co-educational boarding and day school. Any students grades 9 through 12 may attend, provided that they express and demonstrate a definite interest in receiving a Christian education. The mission of Highland Academy is to develop Christ-like characters and lifelong learners. To this end, its staff and students strive to cultivate a vibrant relationship with God and a passion for self-motivated spiritual, mental, physical, and social development.

The school does not have varsity or inter-school sports, but features an active intramural sports program and large performing gymnastics team.

The school offers a variety of jobs for students to offset the cost of tuition. Three Signature Healthcare companies located on Highland's campus also provide work opportunities - these are The Bridge at Highland (a nursing home and rehabilitation center), SHC Construction, and SHC Furniture


The campus is made up about 300 acres and includes an administration facility with classrooms, a music building, both a boys' dormitory and girls' dormitory with the cafeteria on the ground floor, gymnasium, grounds/maintenance building, and woodworking shop.

Other notable structures on campus include an outdoor classroom, small cabins for attendees of the annual camp meeting held on campus, and a building for temporary book and food storage/sales during camp meeting. There are several areas with water and electric hookups to be used during that time.

A church with approximately 700 members is located next to the campus. Students and faculty join with community there for religious services.[5] Highland Elementary School is also located nearby. Highland Elementary is operated by the Highland Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers grades Pre-K to 8.[5]


The schools curriculum consists primarily of the standard courses taught at college preparatory schools across the world. All students are required to take classes in the core areas of English, Basic Sciences, Mathematics, a Foreign Language, and Social Sciences.

Spiritual aspects[edit]

All students take religion classes each year that they are enrolled. These classes cover topics in biblical history and Christian and denominational doctrines. Instructors in other disciplines also begin each class period with prayer or a short devotional thought, many which encourage student input. Weekly, the entire student body gathers together in the auditorium for an hour-long chapel service. Outside the classrooms there is year-round spiritually oriented programming that relies on student involvement.

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  1. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/1115/For-real-education-reform-take-a-cue-from-the-Adventists"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  5. ^ a b About Highland Academy

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