Takoma Academy

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Takoma Academy
Takoma Academy logo.png
Takoma Park, MD
Coordinates 38°59′31″N 76°59′38″W / 38.99194°N 76.99389°W / 38.99194; -76.99389Coordinates: 38°59′31″N 76°59′38″W / 38.99194°N 76.99389°W / 38.99194; -76.99389
Type Private, 9-12 College Preparatory
Established 1904
Principal Carla Thrower
Faculty 26
Number of students approx. 227
Color(s) Maroon      White     
Athletics Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Soccer, Football
Mascot Tigers
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools,[1] Maryland State Board of Education, and Board of Regents, Office of Education, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists[citation needed]
Newspaper Paw Prints[citation needed]
Yearbook The Takoman[citation needed]

Takoma Academy is a parochial, co-educational high school located in Takoma Park, Maryland operated by the Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[2][3][4][5]


Takoma Academy began in 1904 as part of the Washington Training Institute (now Washington Adventist University. It became an independent institute in 1932 and moved to its current location in 1952.[6] J.P. Laurence was principal from 1947–1980 and led the school to accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.[citation needed]


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.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Commission on Secondary Schools". Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/denominations/seventh_day_adventist.htm
  4. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  6. ^ The Journal of True Education" Vol. 16 No. 5 June 1954.
  7. ^ James Coffin. "Leonard Bailey; Exclusive Interview Leonard Bailey Tells His Story". Adventist Review". 
  8. ^ James Peters. "Pro basketball: The Skinn's game". Gazette". 

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • http://www.taalumni.org/ Takoma Academy Alumni Association, Inc. - TAAA ) - TAAA is a year-round service-oriented association that serves Takoma Academy alumnus, current students & faculty and the surrounding community.