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Andrews Academy

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School type  High school
Founded  1922
Grades  9–12
Motto  He restores my soul
Principal  Jeannie Leiterman
Mascot  Cardinal
Andrews Academy

Andrews Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist secondary school (grades 9–12) located in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Andrews Academy's sister school, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, handles students in grades K-8. Collectively, these two schools are known as the University School. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.



Andrews Academy was established in 1922, when Emmanuel Missionary College (EMC), later renamed Andrews University, organized the institution with dedicated faculty. Before 1922, EMC included the elementary and high school grades as part of its institution's course offerings. The academy currently occupies a 78,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) building adjacent to the campus of Andrews University.


Andrews Academy is operated by Andrews University and its Board of Trustees. The Operating Board, made up of representatives of Andrews University and area constituent churches, provides more personalized guidance.

Andrews Academy is internally governed by Jeannie Leiterman, interim principal. For a list of faculty, see the MISDA page for Andrews Academy.


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

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.


The Academy offers the following sports:

  • Basketball (boys & girls)
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
  • Flag Football (boys & girls)
  • Accreditation

    Andrews Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities and the North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement.

    In 1984, the Academy was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a secondary School of Excellence. In 1991, it was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a model drug-free school.

    Notable alumni

  • Shirley Neil Pettis – California politician
  • References

    Andrews Academy Wikipedia

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