Seventh-day Adventist education was established in Salt Lake City in 1927, providing high-quality and tailored Christian education. For a number of years, the Adventist school was located near South High School on State Street.
In June 1957, the church was asked to sell the building to allow South High School to expand. J.B. Currier, an Adventist pastor in the Salt Lake area during the late 1950s, Donna and Gene Templemann, and many other volunteers worked with diligence and personal sacrifice to get a new school built for the beginning of the 1957 school year at 965 East 3370 South. It started as a two-room school, but quickly expanded to more rooms, five teachers, and ten grades.
In 2011, Summit Christian Academy had the opportunity to relocate to our current facility which included a large gymnasium and multi-use outdoor play areas as well as modern amenities like a computer lab, science lab, art room, chapel, and library. Most of all, this facility had room to grow! Today, you will find our school in this same location – continuing to benefit from the facility, location, and room to keep growing.
We invite you to stop by for a visit or join us for one of our many activities and programs!
Ranking among private schools in Utah for percentage of faculty with advanced degrees (80%)*
Lower than national average student to teacher ratios for private schools (national average is 13:1)*
Higher than state average diversity in student body (state average is 22%)*
Participation in annual community service activities by student body (supporting organizations such as Wheeler Farm, Utah Food Bank, and Operation Cover Up)
Our Mission & Values
Since our beginnings, our mission and values have remained to provide a Christ-centered, supportive environment that emphasizes academic excellence, independent thinking, character development, life skills, and respect of self and others. We are committed to preparing our students for higher education and Christian service.
Summit Christian Academy (SCA) highly values and encourages an active relationship with Jesus Christ for each child via daily worship, prayer and Bible based teaching in the classroom, worship in song, twice yearly Week of Prayer, regular community service and outreach activities, teaching and modeling of Christian values and a Bible-based belief system.
SCA values and supports a program of fully accredited academic excellence that complies with the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) educational curriculum requirements, provides differentiated learning opportunities and strives to encourage each child to achieve their own personal excellence in learning, problem solving and fostering intellectual curiosity.
SCA values a culture of Christian community based on the Fruits of the Spirit ("But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law," Galations 5:22-23, NIV) that is structured to support the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of each child to enable them to realize their full potential.
SCA values responsible leadership by staff, the school board, and constituents that works to support and enhance the academic, spiritual, social, and cultural experience at SCA, as well as the property and financial resources of the school in a manner consistent with the Core Values of SCA.
SCA values diversity within our school community and works to create a learning environment that supports enhances a child’s educational and developmental experience regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, denomination, or socio-economic status.
Private, Non-Profit Education
SCA is a private Christian school operating under the Nevada-Utah Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and qualifies as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization through its affiliation with the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church. This means that monies received through tuition, donations, or fundraisers directly benefit our students through tuition assistance, curriculum and technology, teacher resources, programming, facility maintenance and improvements, etc.
Diversity & Inclusion
SCA believes that a diverse school community enhances students' educational and developmental experience. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for students of all backgrounds regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, denomination, or socioeconomic status.
Percentage of school families self-identifying as non-Caucasian/white, based on 2019 survey