2010-2011 School Year Sacramento Adventist Academy 5601 Winding Way Carmichael, CA 95608 CEEB code: 050483 Main Office: 916-481-2300 www.sacaa.org Principal: Bettesue Constanzo Registrar: Sheri Miller Sacramento Adventist Academy is a coeducational preschool through twelfth grade school, operated by the Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Sacramento area to provide Christian education in an environment of academic excellence. The school was established in 1948 and graduated its first senior class in the spring of 1958. Sacramento Adventist Academy is accredited with the State of California through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Students at Sacramento Adventist Academy have a variety of opportunities to serve the community and participate in witnessing activities such as church-sponsored domestic and international mission trips. Also, junior high students bring in hundreds of bags of groceries each November to stock area food banks. Students witness through drama and musical presentations in constituent churches. High school music groups tour various parts of the state and outside of California as well. Sacramento Adventist Academy parents and students have demonstrated a strong interest in college preparation. College enrollment figures from transcript request data and personal interviews show that over 90% of SAA high school graduates choose to attend a two or four-year college/university. Students in grades 3 through 8 take the ITBS test each school year in the fall. Students in grades 9-12 take the ITED test. The PSAT is administered to all sophomores and juniors; freshmen may request to take this exam. Through testing and monitoring, students found to be low in certain areas are counseled to seek tutoring and/or additional testing to determine learning difficulties. One of the ways this is done is by assigning students with failing grades to Academic Probation. When a student is on Academic Probation he/she meets with the Registrar once a week to check his/her progress. Most of these students are on Academic Probation for only one grading period, since their grades improve during that time. The faculty and staff of SAA are committed to ensuring that all students achieve success. Community The majority of Sacramento Adventist Academy students come from homes where at least one parent is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA). About 88% of the student body comes from representative constituent churches, about 5% from other SDA churches, with the remaining 7% coming from non-SDA backgrounds. For the current school year, Caucasians comprise about 79% of the student body, Asians about 10%, Hispanics about 4%, and African Americans about 3%. Sacramento County is one of 58 counties in California and is home to the state capitol. The county lies in the Central Valley at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers. It has 965.7 square miles in land area and a population density of 1,400.5 per square mile. According to the County of Sacramento, the estimated population on January 1, 2008, was 1,424,415. This increased by 1.3% from the 2007 census. Ethnically, according to quickfacts.census.gov, Sacramento is a combination Caucasians (69%), Hispanics (19.3%), Asians (13.5%), and African Americans (10.5%). In 2004, the median household income was $47,215. The median price of housing in Carmichael is reported to be $174,300 in 2009, a significant decrease from prior years. In 2004, public administration was the largest of the employment sectors. Other major sectors include construction, health care, services, and technology. According to PrivateSchoolReview.com there are nearly 54 private high schools and 136 private elementary schools in Sacramento County. In a 2008 Sacramento Business Journal article, SAA was listed in the top 25. Among Adventist schools in the area, Orangevale Adventist School offers smaller, multi-grade classrooms, with nearly 100 K-8 students. Within commute range are Pine Hills Academy and El Dorado Academy, both 12-grade SDA schools. Our Promise As a Christian school, we will value our students as individuals, challenging them to dream great dreams while offering them freedom to be kids. We will endeavor to develop confidence to face an uncertain world, discipline to build strong character, and strength to overcome adversity. We will provide the opportunity to discover a loving God, accept Jesus Christ as a personal Savior, and develop Christ-centered wisdom to make the best decisions. Our Mission Statement Sacramento Adventist Academy exists to provide a value-centered Christian education in an environment of academic excellence.