South Lancaster Academy

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South Lancaster Academy
South Lancaster Academy, South Lancaster MA.jpg
198 George Hill Road
South Lancaster, MA 01561
United States
Coordinates 42°26′42″N 71°40′58″W / 42.444987°N 71.682873°W / 42.444987; -71.682873Coordinates: 42°26′42″N 71°40′58″W / 42.444987°N 71.682873°W / 42.444987; -71.682873[1]
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Established 1882
Principal Ron Huff
Faculty 15[2]
Grades 9 - 12 Academy K-8 Browning Elementary
Enrollment 248[3]
International students 16[3]
Classes 46
Average class size 25[3]
Student to teacher ratio 1:11[3]
Campus size 500 acres (2.0 km2)
Color(s)         [4]
Athletics Five varsity teams
Mascot Crusaders[4]
Newspaper The Pioneer
Graduates (2012) 25
Accreditation Adventist Accrediting Association[5]

South Lancaster Academy (SLA) is a co-educational preparatory day school, consisting of grades 9-12 upper school & grades K-8 Browning Elementary, operated by Seventh-day Adventists in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[6][7][8][9]


On April 19, 1882, the "New England School", yet unnamed, opened its doors. Nineteen students started classes and five more joined these a few days later. Stephen Nelson Haskell was the founder and builder of the school; Goodloe H. Bell was the first principal. The following year in 1883, the school was named South Lancaster Academy.[10]

In 1885, the school expanded to include college preparatory. Teacher training was added in 1886, with development of a "normal school", the J. T. Browning Missionary and Industrial School.

In 1918, its standing as a junior college was formally recognized and the school name was changed to Lancaster Junior College.

In 1922 degree-granting powers were conferred by the Massachusetts legislature. Once more the school's name was changed to Atlantic Union College with the school beginning to operate on the senior college level, offering a four-year theological course. During the same period the college became a separate institute with the academy having its own board of trustees and faculty.

Since 1967, South Lancaster Academy has been a twelve-grade school. The academy attempts to maintain the historic ideals of Seventh-day Adventists on matters of morals, dress, and conduct, as its reasons for existence. South Lancaster Academy is operated by the SDA churches of Atlantic Union College, Leominster, South Lancaster Village, and Sterling. South Lancaster Academy is operated by the Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.[11]

  • 1882 Organized as a preparatory school on Feb 5th, under the leadership of Stephen Nelson Haskell (1833-1922)[citation needed]
  • 1882 On April 19, first day of class for "that New England school"
  • 1883 On Dec 12th, incorporated and formerly named as South Lancaster Academy
  • 1887 In May, certificates were given to thirteen students who had completed the intermediate course of eight grades.
  • 1888 On May 12, first SLA graduation ceremony was held.
  • 1912 On Oct 27th the cornerstone was laid for the new Normal School.[12]
  • 1913 Browning Normal school dedicated
  • 1918 Renamed Lancaster Junior College, after advanced work was carried on for several years in theology, teacher training, and business.
  • 1922 Renamed Atlantic Union College, after offering a four-year theological course and being authorized degree-granting powers conferred by the Massachusetts legislature. The Academy and College became separate institutions with the Academy having its own board of trustees and faculty.
  • 1965 With the opening of Pioneer Valley Academy, SLA was no longer used as a boarding school.[13]
  • 1965 Browning Elementary is re-situated at its current location on George Hill Road.
  • 1967 South Lancaster Academy re-situated at its current location on George Hill Road in South Lancaster, MA.
  • 1985 Administrations of Browning Elementary and South Lancaster Academy are combined into one.
  • 2009 South Lancaster Academy/Browning Elementary is officially renamed to South Lancaster Academy with Browning Elementary being included as part of the school brand but not in title.


South Lancaster Academy is accredited by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.


The required curriculum includes classes in the following subject areas: Religion, English, Oral Communications, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Health, Computer Applications, Fine Arts, and Electives.

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.


South Lancaster Academy offers three main sports: •Basketball (boys & girls) •Volleyball (boys & girls) •Cross Country (boys & girls)


10/2014 - 7/2015 Theresa Robidoux, interim - Minutes of the SLA School Board 2015–present Jeff Lambert

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Free US Geocoder". Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ "South Lancaster Academy". Adventist Online Yearbook. 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Private School Review, Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Georgia-Cumberland Academy - Sports, Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  5. ^ International Registry for Accreditation, Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  6. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  9. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  10. ^ "Some Highlights of the Life of Stephen Nelson Haskell" (PDF). Adventist Pioneer Library. Retrieved 12 October 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  11. ^ "Our History". South Lancaster Academy. 
  12. ^ White, W.B. (1912-10-23). "Laying The Corner-Stone" (PDF). Atlantic Union Gleaner. XI (43). Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Atlantic Union College Expands To Meet Demand" (PDF). Atlantic Union Gleaner. LXIV (37): 5. 27 September 1965. Retrieved 12/7/2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  • Rowena Elizabeth Purdon, That New England School, The College Press, 1956

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