Oakwood Adventist Academy

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Oakwood Adventist Academy
Oakwood Adventist Academy school seal.png
Education for Eternity
7000 Adventist Boulevard
Huntsville, Alabama, 35896
Coordinates 34°45′24″N 86°39′42″W / 34.7566°N 86.6616°W / 34.7566; -86.6616Coordinates: 34°45′24″N 86°39′42″W / 34.7566°N 86.6616°W / 34.7566; -86.6616
Type Private parochial
Established 1896
Faculty 30
Grades K12
Number of students 250
Color(s) Green and Gold         
Athletics Basketball (men and women), Volleyball (women)(Men)
Mascot Mustang
Accreditation AAA

Oakwood Adventist Academy, also referred to as Oakwood Academy or OAA, is a Seventh-day Adventist co-educational K-12 school located on the campus of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[1][2][3] [4]The K-12 head principal is Sharon Lewis (July 2009–2014) Jason edgecomb(2014-2015) and the K-8 principal is Delma Harvey


Oakwood Adventist Academy was founded in 1896 as Oakwood Industrial School. The high school served as a boarding school and preparatory school operated by Oakwood College (now University) for the majority of its existence. In 1974, the academy became a day school operated by a local constituency of Seventh-day Adventist churches called the Huntsville Area Seventh-day Adventist (HASDA) Churches. The school has had many names including Oakwood Manual Training School, Oakwood College Academy, Oakwood Christian Academy, and Oakwood Academy. The administration and constituency voted to change the name of the school to Oakwood Adventist Academy in 2002. Today, the school is governed by the Huntsville Area Seventh-day Adventist Church (HASDA) School Board and the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.


Oakwood Adventist Academy continues to serve as the College Preparatory Division and Laboratory School for the Department of Education of Oakwood University. Several education majors from Oakwood University conduct their internships at Oakwood Adventist Academy. OAA is a major feeder school for Oakwood University, with a significant number of graduates matriculating to Oakwood University. Advanced juniors and seniors can participate in dual enrollment between Oakwood University and OAA at no additional cost to the academy student. Special programs at the school include a certified nursing assistant program, a program in science education with NASA, and a mission organization providing service to disaster areas.

The school has regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and private accreditation from the Adventist Accrediting Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the National Council for Private Schools.


The high school is currently housed in the J.T. Stafford Hall at Oakwood University, built in 1974. After the Anna Knight Hall, which housed the elementary school, was destroyed by fire in 1990, a new building for the elementary school was constructed in 1993. Recently, the school received 32 acres (130,000 m2) of prime land from Oakwood University to construct a brand new K-12 facility. The new Oakwood Adventist Academy complex will be located adjacent to the main Oakwood University campus. The new K-12 complex will include buildings for the high school, middle school, and elementary school, a gymnasium, cafeteria, and athletic fields. Construction is anticipated to begin next year.

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. ^ http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/denominations/seventh_day_adventist.htm
  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. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 

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