Glendale Adventist Academy

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ENROLLMENT: Approximately 225 students are enrolled at Glendale Adventist Academy (GAA). A maximum of seventy five students are accepted at each grade level. The average class size is 25.

FACULTY: There are sixteen full-time and three part-time teachers. Nine have B.A./B.S degrees, seven M.A./M.S. degrees, two M.Div. degrees and one M.D. All teachers hold full Seventh-day Adventist certification in their respective subject area and many also hold California State credentials.

SCHOOL ORGANIZATION: The high school division operates on a basic eight period day (there may be periods before or after the core periods). Classes meet a minimum of 200 minutes per week. There are two semesters of 18 weeks each, totalling one hundred eighty (180) school days per year.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE: All courses in which a student earns a letter grade are included when calculating the cumulative grade point average. In the most recent years, 50% of graduates earned cumulative grade point averages of 3.0+ (27% graduated with a GPA of 3.5 or higher).

CLASS RANKING All students are ranked numerically according to his or her grade point average. Total class enrollment is included in computing class rank.

HONORS/AP CLASSES: The following Advanced Placement and Honors classes are offered:
  • Honors English 3
  • Honors US History
  • Honors Algebra 2*
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Honors English 4
  • Honors US Government
  • AP Calculus*
These classes receive grades of a 5.0 scale which can weight the cumulative grade point average.

*May be taught on alternate years

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: The school is proud to have sponsored a chapter of the nationally recognized National Honor Society (NHS) since 1981. The purpose of the organization is to promote the qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Between ten and fifteen percent of the school population is involved in NHS.

STUDENT ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION: Caucasian: 35% Hispanic: 17%
Black: 13% Asian: 35%

NATIONAL COLLEGE BOARD TESTS: Students regularly participate in the PSAT, SAT and ACT testing programs. Scoring above national averages on such tests, GAA graduates earn recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program as finalists, semi-finalists and commended students.

GRADUATION: In compliance with California high school graduation standards, GAA offers a Basic High School Diploma which requires a minimum of 240 units of credit. Students are encouraged to take advantage of additional educational opportunities offered at the school which provide the option to earn either the College Preparatory Diploma or Advanced College Preparatory/Honors Diploma. Students who earn diplomas above the Basic High School level meet entrance requirements for the University of California and the California State University systems. Students may also earn the graduation recognition of Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors.

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE: Ninety percent of GAA graduates continue their education at the college/university level. Although the majority of graduates choose to attend Adventist colleges or universities, students are accepted at a wide range of public colleges and universities. Recent acceptances include:
  • Andrews University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • California State University
  • The Citadel
  • Citrus College
  • College of the Canyons
  • Cornell University
  • DeVry Institute
  • Glendale Community College
  • Howard university
  • La Sierra University
  • Loma Linda University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Mt. Sierra College
  • Oakwood College
  • Occidental College
  • Pacific Union College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Southern Adventist University
  • Stanford University
  • Tyler Junior College
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California
  • University of Nevada
  • University of New York
  • University of Southern California
  • Walla Walla College
  • Whittier College
  • Woodbury College