Mount Pisgah Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school for grades 9-12, located in Candler, North Carolina, about eight miles west of Asheville. (Directions may be obtained from our web site <www.pisgah.us>.) Mount Pisgah Academy is part of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist school system of almost 6,000 schools, over 1,000 of which are secondary schools. The school is accredited by the National Council for Private Schools, by  Middle State Accrediting Association, and by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities.
    The campus includes 205 acres of lawns, trees, flowers, and hills, with an indescribable view of the Southern Appalachians and the 5,721 foot peak of Mount Pisgah for which the school is named. To meet the educational and spiritual needs of the students, an administration building, cafeteria and music building, gymnasium, church, dormitories, and an industrial complex have been constructed. The school master plan calls for additional facilities to meet expanding needs.
    From very humble, primitive beginnings in 1914, with only 10 students, Pisgah Industrial Institute grew and progressed through the leadership of several dedicated self-supporting Seventh-day Adventist families. At one time there was a small hospital on the campus and the school offered a two-year Practical Nursing course as well as the regular class work for high school. In 1951, the Carolina Conference of Seventh-day Adventists bought the school and changed the name to Mount Pisgah Academy.

    Jesus lives at Mount Pisgah Academy, He lives within our hearts.

     “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

    The mission of Mount Pisgah Academy is to provide a balanced spiritual, academic, physical, and social education in a Christ-centered environment that promotes the restoration of God’s image in each student.

     Central to the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education is the belief in God as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. This belief leads to the recognition that we are children of God and stewards of this world’s resources. The education process should promote the development of body, mind, and spirit, so that the divine purpose for our creation might be realized. That purpose is to love God and to love others expressed through service.
    A private school is unworthy of existence unless it offers the student an additional educational dimension beyond what our excellent public school system provides. Believing that God is the source of all true knowledge, and that learning to respect God is the beginning of wisdom, Mount Pisgah Academy emphasizes the need to see the hand of God in all areas of study. History is really the story of how God has directed the course of history in spite of sin. Language study promotes communication, which God first modeled in Eden. Health instruction and physical education helps the student recognize the body as His wonderful gift. Arts emphasize the beauty He first gave for our edification and enjoyment. Mathematics and science study the processes and natural laws He set in motion. Religion studies the process of the discovery of God and how He wants to guide our relationships. The work program helps us learn the dignity of labor and principles of stewardship that He ordained.
    Seventh-day Adventist education has a broader base than a particular course of study. It seeks a balanced development of the whole person with eternal results. Adventist education encourages homes, schools, and churches to cooperate together with divine agencies in preparing learners for citizenship here on this earth and in the New Earth to come.

    The following objectives have been established to support the unique philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist education. Mount Pisgah Academy seeks to:

Spiritual Development
1. Lead the student to accept God as the Creator, Redeemer, and the Source of knowledge and wisdom, and to surrender the whole life to God through conversion.
2. Introduce the student to Jesus Christ as a personal Savior and lead the student to a life-long personal relationship with Him.
3. Encourage the student to grow in the knowledge and enjoyment of the study of God’s Word and to voluntarily maintain personal devotions.
4. Encourage the student to accept and apply the principles of God’s Word as the basis for making decisions in questions of morality, integrity, and ethical behavior in all aspects of life.
5. Teach the student the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and help the student appreciate the rich heritage and providential development of the church.
6. Give the student opportunities to participate in the witnessing, outreach, and soul-winning activities of the church.
7. Prepare the student to participate actively in the offices and functions of the church.


Intellectual Development
1. Teach the student effective ways to learn, study, and to locate and organize information.
2. Encourage the student to develop habits of accuracy, self-discipline, and academic integrity.
3. Encourage the student to use critical and creative thinking skills in decision making and problem solving.
4. Develop intellectual competence in natural sciences and mathematics, arts and humanities, social sciences, and applied arts in harmony with Bible-based principles.
5. Assist the student in learning to communicate effectively through the avenues of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and non-verbal language, and to use communication skills in ways that enhance one’s Christian witness.
6. Provide a strong scholastic foundation for students who will be continuing formal education.
7. Help the student relate thinking skills to “real world” experiences.
8. Instill in the student a desire for life-long learning.

Physical Development
1. Help the student recognize that a healthy lifestyle is a key to quality living and an optimum relationship with God.
2. Encourage the student to develop good health habits in the areas of diet, rest, self-discipline, and exercise.
3. Encourage the student to avoid at-risk behavior in the interest of preserving God-given health.
4. Teach the student how to apply Christian principles to recreation and sports and to value cooperation, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Social Development
1. Help the student develop a sense of self-worth, along with the skills in interpersonal relationships needed for meeting the responsibilities of family membership and civic responsibility in the local, national, and global environments.
2. Give the student opportunities to experience the joy of service in the local community and globally.
3. Help the student develop Christian social graces regarding dress, language, and deportment.
4. Help the student understand, accept and respect the diversity of others and exhibit concern and sensitivity for other peoples and cultures.
5. Help the student develop an appreciation of the beautiful, both in God’s creation and in human expression, and encourage the student to nurture and preserve the beauty of the natural environment, as well as develop their creative abilities in the fine arts.

Vocational Development
1. Teach the student to respect the dignity of worthwhile labor, regardless of perceived social status.
2. Give the student practical experience in understanding employee-employer relationships and to help the student accept responsibility and demonstrate efficiency in carrying out assigned tasks.
3. Give the student an awareness of career options and opportunities in a changing world that  relate to the mission of the church.
4. Teach the student how to appropriately manage personal finances and develop basic home-management skills.
5. Teach the student skills in the use of computers and other forms of technology.

    Any high-school age student is welcome if he/she is of good moral character, is in grades nine through twelve, both expresses and demonstrates a sincere desire for a Christian education, and pledges to live by the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Mount Pisgah Academy is not equipped to handle young people who have major behavioral or scholastic challenges. Mount Pisgah Academy admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, and programs for students at its school, and makes no discrimination on the basis of race in the administration of educational policies, application of admission, scholarship or loan programs, and athletic or extracurricular programs.
    It is understood that every student who presents himself/herself for admission to the school thereby pledges to observe willingly all its regulations, provide a positive attitude, and uphold the Christian principles upon which the school is founded.

    The following forms and important information are necessary for the application process to be completed. All forms (available on school website) should be mailed, emailed, faxed, or sent electronically to the Registrar.

To be sent or arranged right away:

  • Application completed (filled in entirely) with the signatures of the parent and student.

  • Reference forms from pastor or equivalent and two teachers.

  • Financial arrangements made with the treasurer.

  • International students must complete the application process, be accepted as a student for the upcoming school year, and submit a $1,000 non-refundable tuition payment before an I-20 will be issued.

To be sent before August 1:

  • Transcript from previous school(s) sent to MPA Registrar. (Grade placement cannot be assured until this is received. Seniors will not be allowed to have senior privileges, including class trip, without records.)

  • Work request form.

  • To be sent or brought no later than registration:

  • Registration staff must see original and make a copy of Social Security Card (must have to work and be paid).

  • Copy of Birth Certificate or passport.

  • Consent for Treatment form (medical personnel will not treat a minor without this).

  • Immunization record (student may not legally remain in school without this).

  • Health Examination form.

  • Copy of health insurance card and pharmacy/prescriptions card.

    Those who register more than three weeks late without transfer grades will be admitted only at the discretion of the Academic Standards Committee.  Full tuition will be charged for all students registering late.



75 Academy Drive

Candler, NC 28715


T: 828-667-2535

F: 828-667-0657

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