Atholton Adventist Academy

About Us

Accreditation and History

Atholton Adventist Academy opened its doors on September 8, 1958. The school was founded by a group of dedicated parents and church members who wanted to provide a Christian education for their children. Its initial 1 teacher and 13 students have grown to 16 full-time teachers, many part-time instructors and staff, and more than 200 students. Today, Atholton Adventist Academy continues to provide Christian educational opportunities for students in the Columbia and Howard County areas.

Atholton Adventist Academy is accredited by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, the National Council of Private School Accreditation, and Middle States Association.

Atholton's Mission

To provide a safe, learning-focused environment that challenges students to excel as:

- Active, engaged Christians
- Enthusiastic, lifelong learners
- Productive, responsible citizens
- Independent thinkers


Diversity – promoting and nurturing respect for the diversity found in God’s creation including differences in ethnicity, economic status, capabilities, social backgrounds, physical attributes, gender, and religion.

Relationships – developing positive relationships with all members of God’s family by living a caring, loving lifestyle.

Service – following Christ’s example – administrators, teachers, students and the larger school family – to model a pattern of lifelong service to God and humanity.

Holistic – providing students an education that emphasizes development of spiritual, mental, physical, and social abilities in preparation for living a positive, happy life on this earth and throughout eternity.

Core Values

Driving the mission of Atholton Adventist Academy are these values by which we operate:

Christ-Centered – having the life and teachings of Jesus Christ permeate every aspect of the school program.

Character – having teachers and students that reflect a Christ-like character including love, self-sacrifice, compassion, grace, honesty, and integrity.

Commitment – having a school community that accepts and demonstrates commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and humanity.

Excellence – having the highest levels of quality instilled into every aspect of the school program.

Knowledge – having educators committed to infusing spiritual development with knowledge to allow students to reach their maximum potential.

Accessibility – being accessible and affordable to all who are willing to make Christian education a sacrificial priority.