Union Springs Academy

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Union Springs Academy
Spring Street Rd
Union Springs, New York 13160
United States
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Grades 9 - 12 Academy
Accreditation Adventist Accrediting Association[1]

Union Springs Academy is a private, co-ed Seventh-day Adventist prep school. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[2][3][4][5] At USA the acceptance rate is about 95 percent, leaving the population of the student body to about seventy students. Over sixty percent of the school is involved in music, arts, and sports. The graduation rate at Union Springs Academy is 90 percent. Students from Union Springs Academy have been known to go to Universities around the United States and the world. The teacher to student ratio is about 4:1, so every student is helped equally and fairly. The academy was started in 1921 when the Seventh-day Adventist church purchased the buildings and land from the Seminary of Friends.[6]

The current principal is Todd Coulter.


It was founded by the New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 1921, and sits on a hill overlooking the village of Union Springs, New York. The academy traces its roots to various “home-schools” which began in western and central New York in 1901. USA is situated on a hill overlooking Cayuga Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes. The present school campus was formerly a Quaker boarding school known as Oakwood Seminary. Over the years the campus has grown to include buildings for administration and classrooms, dormitories, church, faculty housing, farm, orchard and athletic facilities.


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.


Union Springs Academy is registered with the Board of Regents of the University of New York and accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities which is a recognized member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ International Registry for Accreditation, Retrieved June 2, 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. ^ "Seventh-Day Adventism". ReligionFacts. 2015-11-10. Archived from the original on March 23, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  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. ^ www.adventistarchives.org/docs/ALUG/ALUG19660509-V65-19__B.pdf Atlantic Union Gleaner November 10, 1981

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