Mission Statement

Sunnydale Adventist Academy's purpose is to fulfill the Gospel Commission while providing academic excellence.


Sunnydale Adventist Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist secondary boarding school, seeks to provide a safe, Christian environment in which students may grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically. Through Christ-centered teaching, Sunnydale educates students to choose service as a way of life and to be active members in God’s church.

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to work with the home and church in the salvation of young people. Cultivating within each student a desire to worship God, to be a contributing member of society, and to serve humanity in the Great Gospel Commission.

"Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people."  Mark 16:15

“Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator -- individuality, power to think and to do. The people in whom this power is developed are the people who bear responsibilities, who are leaders in enterprise, and who influence character. It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men's thought.”  (Education, p 17)


Sunnydale Adventist Academy is accredited by:

          National Council for Private School Accreditation

          Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

         Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Secondary Schools



Sunnydale Adventist Academy, a co-educational boarding secondary school, operated by the Iowa-Missouri Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, opened to students in 1946. Sunnydale provides a comprehensive educational program that includes spiritual, academic, and social development.

Plans to establish a boarding academy were laid at a business meeting held in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1945. The desire for a rural location where agriculture might furnish training and employment for students, and an invitation form the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, prompted the committee of 18, under the chairmanship of G. E. Hutches, to investigate the Centralia area. The committee closed a deal with A. Bishop Chance, founder of A. B. Chance Company of Centralia, to purchase his farm with equipment and livestock on October 18, 1945. After the erection of two three-story, redbrick dormitories, Sunnydale Academy opened on September 30, 1946, with Harvey C. Hartman as the first principal and an enrollment of 125. The administrative offices and classrooms were in the farm house and the hayloft of the barn was used for assembly and recreation purposes.