Reading SDA Junior Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 309 N Kenhorst Blvd., Reading, PA 19607
County: Berks
Congregation: Seventh-day Adventist
Phone Number: 610-777-8424
Fax Number: 610-603-0129

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Additional Information

School Type: K-10
Founded: 1949
Conference: Pennsylvania
Union: Columbia
Division: NAD
Ages/Grades: K-10
School Size: 75
Classroom Size: average 15
Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

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Financial Aid:



NAD Approved

Support Services:

After School Care

After School Programs: Yes
School Clubs:

Intramurals, Art, Drama, etc.

Admissions Requirements:

Reading Junior Academy is a private K-10 Christian school that upholds the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. We follow a policy of non-discrimination concerning race or creed in admission of students. We welcome students of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Any qualified boy or girl of school age, regardless of his/her religious or racial background who desires a character-building education and who is willing to support the principles and comply with the regulations of the school is welcome.

Attendance at the reading Junior Academy should be regarded as a privilege and not as a right. Our school board maintains the right to screen applicants and if we feel we cannot meet the child's spiritual, social, academic or physical needs, we reserve the right to refuse admission.

Mission Statement:

It is our mission to develop our students’ full potential spiritually, academically, socially, and physically; to prepare our students not only for life today, but for life eternal. Hence our motto: Educating Today and for Eternity!

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

“True education means more than the pursuit of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” E.G. White, Education, p. 13

The above statement is foundational to understanding the objectives of Reading Junior Academy. It is the purpose of our school to do the following:
• Present Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and encourage students to accept Him as their personal Savior and Friend.
• Help students develop a positive sense of self-worth as children of God.
• Provide a place of learning that is physically and emotionally safe, and where students are challenged to develop their full academic potential.
• Prepare students for success in their future educational experience.
• Enable students to become productive workers and responsible citizens.
• Treat all individuals with courtesy and respect.
• Help students establish wholesome relationships, demonstrating concern and care for others.
• Involve students in community service activities.
• Promote overall spiritual, mental, and physical health.

School History:

Seventh-day Adventists in the Reading area recognized early the need for Christian education. The first Adventist church school started in 1898. After that year, the school was closed and not reopened until the 1914-1915 school year. As early as 1928, there were two schools operating in the immediate Reading area. As the Adventist congregation grew, the need for a new school plant was seen. Construction began at the corner of Kenhorst Boulevard and Liggett Avenue in the early 1940’s and continued until following World War II. The academic year 1949-1950 was the first year the school opened at its current location, and has continued operate as a consolidated school by the Fleetwood, Hampden Heights, and Kenhorst Boulevard Seventh-day Adventist churches. Additions were made to the building around 1963 (upper west end) and 1973 (lower east end). Reading Junior Academy is proud of the part it has had in preparing many young people for Christian leadership positions; it is in this tradition that go forward.