The King's Academy (West Palm Beach, Florida)

The King's Academy is a National Blue Ribbon, college-preparatory, Christian preschool, elementary, and secondary school located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The school serves families with students from age one to twelfth grade on campuses located in Palm Beach County. Established in 1970, it is run by an independent board of governors.

The King's Academy
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Address
8401 Belvedere Road

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33411

Coordinates26°41′39″N 80°10′53″W / 26.6941°N 80.1815°W / 26.6941; -80.1815Coordinates: 26°41′39″N 80°10′53″W / 26.6941°N 80.1815°W / 26.6941; -80.1815
Information
TypeCollege Preparatory, Private
MottoFiat Lux ("Let There be Light")
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
Established1970[1]
PresidentRandal L. Martin, MAc, CPA
ChairmanSteven T. Rasmussen
PrincipalsJennifer Ceppo, Adam Miller
HeadmasterDouglas Raines, EdD
Age1 to 18
Enrollment1,500
Color(s)Red, White and Royal Blue
AthleticsFHSAA / SFC (Football)
Team nameLions
AccreditationSACS, AdvancED, ACSI, FACCS
NewspaperRoar[2]
YearbookThe Sceptre
Website

HistoryEdit

The King's Academy was founded by a group of Christian business leaders in August 1970 and opened on the campus of Belvedere Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.[3] In 1971, the school purchased a 20-acre campus on Cherry Road where it remained until the 2004 school year.[4] In August 2005, The King's Academy moved to its current 60 acre location at Belvedere Road and Sansbury's Way in Palm Beach County, Florida.[5] In 2010, the school opened a second high school location on Caribbean Avenue in Clewiston, Florida.[6] In 2017, this high school was sold to Clewiston Christian School.

Since 1970, four presidents have overseen the day-to-day operations of the school: Kye Harris (1970–74), M. Nelson Loveland (1974–99), Jeffrey M. Loveland (1999–2016), and Randal L. Martin (2016–present).[7] Since the school's inception, seven chairs of the board of governors have served: M. Nelson Loveland (1970–74), Lloyd Prouty (1974-75), Stanley F. Frederick (1975–87), Gene Martin (1987–93), David Fiebig (1993-2006), Clyde S. Meckstroth (2006–2019), and Steven T. Rasmussen (2019-present).[3]

National awards and recognitionEdit

The King's Academy has received a number of national honors, including:

1986: The school received national recognition for excellence in education from President Ronald Reagan and U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett as one of the top 60 private schools in the country.[8]

1988: The band performed at the White House during President Ronald Reagan's term.[9]

1989: On January 20, the school's band students were selected to play for President George H.W. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle at their inaugural parade.[9]

2000: The school's fine arts students performed the world amateur premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.[10]

2007: Christian school researcher Dr. Gene Frost cited the school as one of the seven best Christian schools in America in his book, Learning from the Best: Growing Greatness in the Christian School.[11]

2013: The school's fine arts students performed the world premiere of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (an English adaptation of the German-language musical Der Glöckner von Notre Dame).[12]

2014: Dr. Frost reiterated the school's top seven national ranking.[13]

2014: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education for President Barack Obama, named the school a National Blue Ribbon School as an Exemplary High Performing School; one of 50 private schools to receive the honor.[14][15]

2015: The National Football League named the school to its Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.[16]

2016: The school's musical theatre program was named one of the nation's five best by the American High School Theatre Festival, winning the award for its performance of "Jekyll & Hyde."[17]

2016: The school's boys golf team won a national championship at the Antigua National High School Golf Invitational in Scottsdale, Arizona; defeating the Utah state champion team by 11 strokes, the Arizona champion by 15 strokes, and the Illinois winner by 25 strokes.[18]

2017: The school's choir and dance students were selected to perform for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at their inaugural concert.[19]

2017: The school's competitive cheerleading team earned National Grand Champion honors, defeating all teams, at the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders ("FCC") National Championships in Orlando, Florida.[20]

2017: For a second time, the school's musical theatre program was named one of the nation's five best by the American High School Theatre Festival, winning the award for its performance of "Les Miserables."

2018: The school's competitive cheerleading team earned National Grand Champion honors for a second time, defeating all teams, at the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders ("FCC") National Championships in Orlando, Florida.

2019: The school's competitive cheerleading team earned National Grand Champion honors for a third time, defeating all teams, at the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders ("FCC") National Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Academic profileEdit

 
The King's Academy was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Dept. of Education.[21]

The King's Academy offers a college preparatory program for students from preschool to 12th grade. The King's Academy is fully accredited by four accrediting bodies: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, AdvancED, the Association of Christian Schools International and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.[22] The school's most recent re-accreditation study was completed in 2013 and resulted in an extension of the school's accreditation through 2018.[23]

Secondary SchoolEdit

The King's Academy's secondary school educates students from 7th to 12th grade. On average, 99% of The King's Academy's graduates enter college, with 96% of graduates matriculating into a four-year university or college. Other graduates commit to service in the United States military branches.[22] The King's Academy offers 22 Advanced Placement courses and 21 hours of dual enrollment credits in partnership with Palm Beach Atlantic University. In 2017, the school's senior class (121 graduates) received college scholarships worth $7.3 million.[24] Recent graduates of the school have been accepted by selective universities including Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Air Force Academy, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgetown University, University of North Carolina, New York University, University of Florida, and Vanderbilt University.[22]

Business Magnet ProgramEdit

In 2013, the school established a business track for high school students. Business-minded students can earn a certificate of completion by taking electives in American entrepreneurship, economics, ethics, foreign language, marketing and statistics; while being a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA-PBL).[25][26]

STEM Magnet ProgramEdit

In 2015, the school established a STEM magnet program for high school and elementary students, offering an academically-rigorous science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.[27] Students that complete the STEM track receive a certificate of completion.

DiMino Engineering Magnet ProgramEdit

In 2018, Frank DiMino gifted $1 million to endow the school’s engineering track; thus establishing the DiMino Engineering Program.[28]

O'Keeffe Pre-Law Magnet ProgramEdit

In 2016, the school established a pre-law track for high school students. Students interested in the field of law can earn a certificate of completion by taking six electives in law-related classes including Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, Business Law I and II, Criminal Law, and Oral & Written Advocacy.[29] In 2018, the Esther B. O'Keeffe Foundation donated $1 million to the Pre-Law Program, and King's named the program after the foundation.[30]

Sports Medicine Magnet ProgramEdit

In 2017, the school established a sports medicine track for high school students. Students interested in the field of athletic training can earn a certificate of completion by taking five electives in sports medicine-related classes including First Aid & Safety, Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Health Explorations I Honors, Health Explorations II Honors, and Anatomy and Physiology Honors.

Christian Ministry Magnet ProgramEdit

In 2017, the school established a christian ministry track for high school students. Students interested in a future career in ministry can earn a certificate of completion by enrolling and successfully completing three advanced biblical electives including Interpreting the Bible, Introduction to Christian Ministry, and Evangelism and Apologetics.

Computer Science Magnet ProgramEdit

In 2018, the school established a computer science designation for students in grades nine to twelve. Students inspired to study the subject can complete the courses of Computer Programming, Web Design, and AP Computer Principals in order to receive the distinction.

Elementary schoolEdit

The King's Academy's elementary school educates students from pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade. The school's elementary students’ average scores ranked in the top 15 percent of private schools nationally for 2013 and 2014 academic standardized testing; qualifying the school as a Blue Ribbon Elementary School according to the U.S. Department of Education.[31] As a result, the school was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.[32] In addition to academic subjects, the School's elementary program provides instruction in art, band, cognitive development, Latin, music appreciation, physical education, Spanish, science laboratory, technology and vocal music. Optional after-school extracurricular activities are offered for athletic and fine arts development.[33]

AthleticsEdit

 
The King's Academy Athletic Shield.

The King's Academy's Lions athletics program competes in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Swimming, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball.[34][35]

As a full member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), the school fields approximately 50 boys and girls teams in 23 FHSAA-sanctioned varsity sports.[36] In 2014, The King's Academy joined the independent Southeastern Football Conference for football only.[37]

Team championshipsEdit

In 1992, The King's Academy's baseball team defeated Tallahassee Maclay for the school's first Florida state championship,[38] and won another state title in 2001.[39] The King's Academy volleyball team won the Florida state title in 1993,[40] in 1994,[41] and again in 2006.[42] The King's Academy competitive cheerleading team won five consecutive FHSAA state championships from 2010 to 2014 and a sixth in 2019.[43][44][45][46][47]

In 2016, The King's Academy's boys' golf team won the school's first national championship at the Antigua National High School Golf Invitational in Scottsdale, Arizona.[48] The school's competitive cheerleading team earned National Grand Champion and FHSAA Public School Champion honors at the 2017 and 2018 FCC National Championships in Orlando, Florida.[20]

In all, varsity teams competing for The King's Academy have won 123 FHSAA district championships, 40 FHSAA regional titles, 3 football conference titles, 1 Palm Beach County championship, 11 FHSAA state championships, and 4 national championships:[49]

Sport District Titles Regional/Conference/County Titles Final Fours State/National Titles
Baseball 1975, 1977–78, 1983, 1992, 1998-2001, 2003, 2012–13 1992, 1997, 2001 1992, 1997, 2001 1992, 2001
Basketball (Boys) 1977-86, 1988–90 1978, 1982–84, 1986, 1989 1983, 1986
Basketball (Girls) 1976-78, 1980, 1984–88, 1990, 1993–95, 2008–09, 2013 1976-78, 1984, 1990, 1993
Cheerleading 2002-04(^), 2014(^), 2015, 2017, 2019 2009(**), 2010–15, 2017-18(**), 2019 2010-14, 2017-19(*), 2019
Cross Country (Boys) 2011, 2016–18 2018
Cross Country (Girls) 2012-14, 2016–18
Football 1976, 2004–05 2016-18(^^), 2018 1996, 2018(**)
Golf (Boys) 2013-14, 2016–17 2015 2016(*)
Lacrosse (Boys) 2015
Lacrosse (Girls) 2017, 2019
Soccer (Boys) 2012-13, 2019
Soccer (Girls) 1998-2000, 2007–12 2009 2009
Softball 1988-89, 1993, 1995, 1997-2001, 2012–13 1993, 1998, 2012–13 1993(**), 1998(**), 2012–13
Swimming (Boys) 2019(^^^)
Tennis (Girls) 2006-08 2008
Track (Boys) 1980, 1990, 2001, 2009–12, 2017–18 2018
Track (Girls) 1980-81, 1984, 1987–90, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018 2006, 2018 2006(**)
Volleyball 1977-78, 1984, 1992–94, 1996, 2000–02, 2005–08, 2015, 2017 1977-78, 1984, 1992–94, 2000, 2002, 2006–07 1993-94, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007(**) 1993-94, 2006

(*) National title. (**) State runner-up. (^) FCC Division championship. (^^) Southeastern Football Conference championship. (^^^) Palm Beach County championship.

Individual ChampionshipsEdit

While competing for The King's Academy, student-athletes have won 27 individual state and national athletic titles in track, swimming, and golf:

Year Athlete(s) Sport Event Winning Time/Distance/Score
1988 Zoboke Lehtinen Track (Boys) Shot Put 46-6 [50]
2001 Kathryn Hallquist Swimming (Girls) 100y Backstroke 57.55 [51]
2001 Kathryn Hallquist Swimming (Girls) 100y Butterfly 57.08 [51]
2003 Danielle Bradley Track (Girls) 800m 2:18.20 [52]
2003 Hailey (Mercer) Neal Track (Girls) 1600m 5:06.86 [53]
2004 Danielle Bradley Track (Girls) 800m 2:15.72 [54]
2005 Danielle Bradley Track (Girls) 800m 2:13.08 [55]
2005 Danielle Bradley, Hailey (Mercer) Neal, Hillary (Mercer) Neal, Amanda Jenkins Track (Girls) 4x800m Relay 9:35.42 [54]
2005 Hailey (Mercer) Neal Track (Girls) 1600m 5:11.29 [54]
2005 Hailey (Mercer) Neal Track (Girls) 3200m 11:09.40 [54]
2006 Danielle Bradley Track (Girls) 800m 2:15.19 [54]
2006 Danielle Bradley, Hailey Neal, Hillary Neal, Gilda Doria Track (Girls) 4x800m Relay 9:36.77 [54]
2006 Hailey Neal Track (Girls) 1600m 5:03.87 [54]
2007 Vincent Mercurio Track (Boys) Shot Put 53-5 1/4 [54]
2007 Hillary Neal Track (Girls) 800m 2:15.72 [54]
2007 Hillary Neal Track (Girls) 1600m 4:57.16 [54]
2008 Vincent Mercurio Track (Boys) Shot Put 55-7 [56]
2008 Ian Williams, Bryan Carpenter, Henry Cabrera, Burk Hedrick Track (Boys) 4x400m Relay 3:24.99 [56]
2009 Ian Williams Track (Boys) 200m 22.41 [57]
2009 Ian Williams, Bryan Carpenter, Dallas Herrmann, Ricky Roy Track (Boys) 4x100m Relay 43.37 [57]
2010 Jamaal Wallace Track (Boys) Discus 156-4 [54]
2010 Ian Williams Track (Boys) 200m 22.15 [54]
2013 Daysi Wilkinson, Payton Campbell, Katie Wentz, Emily Cohen Track (Girls) 4x400m Relay 4:03.14 [58]
2015 Andrew Kozan Golf (Boys) FHSAA State Golf Championship 141 (-3) [59]
2016 Andrew Kozan (*) Golf (Boys) Antigua National H.S. Golf Invitational 137 (-7) [60]
2017 Justin Bridgewater Track (Boys) 800m 1.55.11 [61][62]
2018 Joshua Zuchowski Swimming (Boys) 100y Backstroke 49.20

(*) National champion.

Athletic facilitiesEdit

The King's Academy's football, soccer and lacrosse teams play home games on campus at Kahlert Stadium, a lighted, natural turf facility with seating for 1,500 fans.[63] Lion and Lady Lion volleyball and basketball teams compete in the M. Nelson Loveland Athletic Center's gymnasium, which houses a game court and two practice courts and has seating for 800 spectators. The School's property also contains lighted baseball and softball fields, a track and field facility with seating for 300, six competition tennis courts and a USATF certified 5-K cross-country course.[64][65] In 2015, the school built the Full-Page Aquatic Center, comprising a 25-meter competition swimming pool and pool house, for use by its swimming teams.[66]

On-campus athletic training facilities include a field house with weight and athletic training rooms, a covered basketball and volleyball pavilion, a golf practice facility,[67] and three prescription athletic turf practice fields (football, multi-purpose and lacrosse). In all, The King's Academy maintains 15 acres of natural turf fields for its athletic program.[68]

The Smith Family Conservatory of the ArtsEdit

The King's Academy offers a comprehensive arts education to its preschool through high school students. Students perform in Broadway-style musicals, His People and His Voice choirs, jazz, concert and marching bands, percussion, strings and dance ensembles, visual arts, broadcasting, film and digital arts, and stagecraft. They can also earn diploma distinctions in theatre arts, instrumental arts, vocal arts, dance arts, visual arts, and digital arts. In 2016 and 2017, the school's conservatory program was ranked in the top five schools nationally by the American High School Theatre Festival.[17]

KidservatoryEdit

Pre-kindergarten through third grade students are taught music theory and receive beginning vocal training. They also participate in basic visual art classes.

Junior ConservatoryEdit

Students in fourth through eighth grade are given the opportunity to enroll and perform in theatre arts, instrumental arts including piano laboratory, vocal arts and dance arts classes and shows.

Theatre ArtsEdit

In April 2013, the school's students performed the world premiere of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (an English adaptation of the German-language musical Der Glöckner von Notre Dame). This performance was made in collaboration with Walt Disney Executive Studios.[12] After viewing the performance, Disney executive Brian Turwilliger commented, "The story was so beautifully crafted and displayed in new and fresh ways." He explained that Disney will now offer The Hunchback of Notre Dame to be performed at other schools and amateur theaters, as it did with Beauty and the Beast after another Disney-The King's Academy collaboration in 2000 resulted in the world amateur stage premiere of the musical.[10]

In 2015, the school's production of The Sound of Music was featured on an episode of ABC News' 20/20.[69][70] The school's production of Jekyll & Hyde earned a 2016 top high school musical theatre program award from the American High School Theatre Festival and an invitation to perform Les Misérables at the 2017 Fringe Festival in London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland.[71] In 2017, the school earned a second top theatre program award for its productions of "Les Miserables" and "Funny Girl." In 2018, the school premiered the nation's first high school production of Disney's Newsies (the musical).

Other recent stage productions have included:

Season Stage Productions
2006-07 The Mousetrap (play), The King & I (musical)
2007-08 God's Favorite (play), Children of Eden (musical)
2008-09 Lord Arthur Savile's Crime (play), The Music Man (musical)
2009-10 The Curious Savage (play), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (musical)[72]
2010-11 Strange Boarders (play),[73] Disney's Beauty and the Beast (musical)[74]
2011-12 The Diary of Anne Frank (play), Seussical Jr. (musical),[75] Les Misérables (musical)[76]
2012-13 Our Town (play),[77] Annie Jr. (musical),[78] Steel Magnolias (play),[79] Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical)[80]
2013-14 Pygmalion (play),[81] The Wizard of Oz (musical),[82] Little Women (play),[81] The Phantom of the Opera (musical)[83]
2014-15 The Sound of Music (musical),[84][85] Willy Wonka Jr. (musical),[86][87] The Glass Menagerie (play),[88] Anne of Green Gables (play),[89][90] Titanic the Musical (concert),[91] Aida (musical)[92]
2015-16 Jekyll & Hyde (musical),[93] A Christmas Carol (musical),[94] Breakfast at Tiffany's (play),[95] Wicked (concert), The Light in the Piazza (musical)
2016-17 Cheaper by the Dozen (play), And Then They Came for Me (play), Les Misérables (musical), Funny Girl (musical), The Lion King Jr. (concert)
2017-18 Disney's Beauty and the Beast (musical),[96] White Christmas (musical),[97] Peter and the Starcatcher (play),[98] Oliver! (musical),[99] Ghost the Musical [100]
2018-19 Newsies the Musical,[101] “‘’Handel’s Messiah’’ (concert), Our Town (play), Titanic the Musical, Miss Saigon (musical).

Instrumental ArtsEdit

The King's Academy offers instrumental classes for elementary students starting with beginning band in 5th grade and intermediate band in 6th grade. Secondary students may choose to continue their studies in the school's concert and symphonic bands. The King's Academy also offers classes in woodwinds, percussion and strings.

The King's RegimentEdit

The school's marching and parade band, The King's Regiment (formerly known as the Marching Lions) is a 3-time state runner-up (2008, 2010 and 2012) in Class A at the Florida Marching Band Championships. In 2013, the Marching Lions finished 10th in the nation (Class A) at the Bands of America's Grand National Championships, held at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.

Recent performances by The King's Regiment have included:

Season Band Trip Performance Venues
2016 Boston, Massachusetts Marlins Stadium, Walt Disney World, FIU Stadium, Kahlert Stadium
2017 Marlins Stadium, Walt Disney World, American Airlines Arena for the Miami Heat, Kahlert Stadium

Prior performances by the Marching Lions included:

Season Show Title Composer Championship Ranking
2004 The Chase Bill Chase 3rd, Class A (Florida)[102]
2005 Cirque du Magique music of La Nouba 3rd, Class A (Florida)[103]
2006 Bon Voyage Joseph Curiale 3rd, Class A (Bands of America Regionals)
2007 Amazonian Rainforest Key Poulan 4th, Class A (Florida)[104]
2008 Groove Michael Pote 2nd, Class A (Florida)[105]
2009 Aquasonic Andrew Yozviak 9th, Class A (Florida)[106]
2010 Classic Schizophrenia Key Poulan 2nd, Class A (Florida)[107]
2011 Transformed Key Poulan 8th, Class A (Florida)[108]
2012 Pyramids of Egypt Gary P. Gilroy 2nd, Class A (Florida)[109]
2013 A Pirate's Life Gary P. Gilroy 10th, Class A (Bands of America Grand Nationals)
2014 My Many Colored Days Richard Einhorn 4th, Class A (Florida)[110]
2015 At The Crossroads David Skinner & William Smith 3rd, Class A (Florida)

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit

  • Keith Allen is a pre-engineering and mathematics teacher at the school. He also is The King's Academy's head football coach.[145] Previously, Mr. Allen coached college football at Oklahoma, Texas Christian, San Jose State, and was head football coach at Southwest Baptist University for six seasons, still holding the school record for most wins. At King's he led the team to back-to-back South Florida Conference Championships in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he received the Florida Dairy Farmers' Football Coach of the Year award for independent schools.[146]
  • Jennifer Arrington is a science teacher at the school and holds a master's degree in nutrition and immunology from Texas A&M. Mrs. Arrington is also the author of Trusting for Tomorrow, a book about coping with celiac disease.[147]
  • David Snyder is the director of performing arts at the school. Mr. Snyder holds a master's degree in musical theatre from Ithaca College and performance certificate from Juilliard. Previously, Mr. Snyder performed on Broadway as resident piano accompanist and assistant music director for the Tony-nominated Cabaret, A View From the Bridge, and 1776. He was also a member of the Disney Production Team and the Broadway cast of Beauty and the Beast.[148] Mr. Snyder has also won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from the National Thespian Association of Education.[149]
  • Brad Wilkerson is the school's varsity baseball coach.[150] Previously, Mr. Wilkerson was a Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman with the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Toronto Blue Jays. He was named 2002 MLB Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News and won an Olympic gold medal for USA Baseball at the 2000 Sydney games. Mr. Wilkerson played college baseball at the University of Florida and was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2014, he was named National Volunteer Coach of the Year by USA Baseball.[151]

Former facultyEdit

  • Linda Moskeland Fuchs, wife of University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs, taught French, yearbook and elementary art at the school in 1977 and 1978.[152] Mrs. Fuchs subsequently became an art historian and holds master's degrees in art history from the University of Chicago and Cornell and a master's degree in Biblical studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.[153]
  • Jonathan Martin was a physical education and athletic training teacher at the school, holding a degree from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Martin played college football as a safety for South Carolina and played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys and in Italy.[154] He also coached college football at the University of Kentucky.[155]
  • William H. Vimont was the school's founding headmaster in 1970. Mr. Vimont coauthored the Victory Drill Book, a systematic approach to high speed phonetic reading.[156] This book of speed reading drills was used at The King's Academy during the 1970s and 1980s and is still in print.[157]
  • Jennifer Winters was a broadcasting, acting and vocal arts teacher at the school. Previously, Mrs. Winters performed on Broadway as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and in Broadway national tours as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Maria in West Side Story, and the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[158] She also appeared on television on Seinfeld, Guiding Light, and Third Watch and was a television news anchor and reporter in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia.[159]

CampusEdit

 
M. Nelson Loveland Athletic Center at The King's Academy

The King's Academy is located on approximately 60 acres at the northeast corner of Belvedere Road and Sansbury's Way in Palm Beach County, Florida.[160] Most of the campus was constructed in 2005 and consists of 16 buildings (Lower Elementary, Administration, Upper Elementary, High School Administration, High School Science, High School Education, M. Nelson Loveland Athletic Center, Elementary Music, Cafeteria, Rosemary Beaumont Library, Field House, Bus Garage/Maintenance, Events Center (completed in 2012), Full-Page Aquatic Center (completed in 2015),[66] Page Family Center for Performing Arts (completed in 2017),[161] and Boswell Science & Technology Center (completed in 2018)) encompassing approximately 225,000 square feet.[68]

In 2015, the school added Studio 70, a television broadcasting facility.[162][163]

Remote locationsEdit

The school also operates The King's Academy Preschool at remote locations in Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Loxahatchee,[164] Palm Beach Gardens, and Royal Palm Beach, Florida; at the Boynton Beach Community Church, Church in the Palms’ Community Center, Trinity West Church, Cross Community Church, and Connect Church of Royal Palm, respectively.[165]

Online learningEdit

In 2010, The King's Academy established an internet-based school for middle and high school students called The King's Academy Online. The online program offers approximately 140 courses, with advanced placement courses and dual enrollment credits from Christian institutions including Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University.[166]

During the 2012-13 school year, two of The King's Academy Online's students, in 6th and 8th grades respectively, completed a 67,000 mile trip to all 50 American states and five of 10 Canadian provinces[167] while enrolled.[168] Their accomplishment was featured on the Today show.[169]

PublicationsEdit

The King's Academy publishes student-produced elementary (EL) and high school (HS) yearbooks (both named The Sceptre) annually,[170] monthly student-written newspapers (Roar, formerly The Lion Ledger and The Scroll)[171] and semi-annual magazines (The Chronicle).[172] During the school year, the school also issues a weekly online edition of TKA E-News.[173]

From 2014 to 2016, the school's yearbook program was named a Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence.[174][175][176]

Recent yearbooks have included:

Year Title Dedicated To Pages
2018EL RADIANT Dan McDonald, 6th Grade Teacher 148 (full color)
2018HS BEYOND MEASURE Tammy Richardson, Department of Mathematics Chair and Teacher 302 (full color)
2017EL MORE COLORFUL TOGETHER Bunny Crocetti, Receptionist 144 (full color)
2017HS CONSTANT CHANGE Jennifer Arrington, Science Teacher 268 (full color)
2016EL HIDE & SEEK Deborah Lopez, Housekeeping 148 (full color)
2016HS RELENTLESS Jim & Michelle Kolar, Asst. Principal & Dir. of Student Life 302 (full color)

From the school's inception to 2015, its yearbooks were as follows:

Year Title Dedicated To Pages Year Title Dedicated To Pages
1971 SCEPTRE- Volume I William H. Vimont, Founding Headmaster 58 (8 color) 2000 YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER Mary Anderson, Spanish Teacher (2nd Dedication) 296 (68 color)
1972 SCEPTRE- Volume II Kye Harris, Founding President 77 (4 color) 2001 ONE FOCUS Jeffrey M. Loveland, President 314 (98 color)
1973 SCEPTRE- Volume III Robert C. Brooks, Assistant Headmaster 109 (14 color) 2002 FOR FUTURE REFERENCE United States of America 306 (82 color)
1974 SCEPTRE- Volume IV David A. Frazier, History Teacher 145 (8 color) 2003 THE TIME IS NOW Shannan Kiedis, Choral Assistant 292 (116 color)
1975 SCEPTRE- Volume V M. Nelson Loveland, President 175 (8 color) 2004EL STAND OUT Jon Otto, Elementary Principal 124 (full color)
1976 GOD BLESS AMERICA TKA Board of Governors 159 (14 color) 2004HS STAND OUT Andreana Wisniewski, High School Dean (2nd Ded) 232 (96 color)
1977 SCEPTRE- Volume VII Paul A. Tatham, Executive Vice President 169 (16 color) 2005EL OLD SCHOOL Retta Calcutt, Second Grade Teacher 128 (full color)
1978 SCEPTRE- Volume VIII Stanley Frederick, Board of Governors Chairman 197 (17 color) 2005HS OLD SCHOOL Catherine Hilliard, Receptionist 227 (116 color)
1979 MEMORIES Tom Mossop, Director of Operations 185 (17 color) 2006EL BLUEPRINTS TO FOOTPRINTS Sharon Caldwell, Elementary Dean 103 (full color)
1980 WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Richard Harrington, High School Counselor 186 (17 color) 2006HS BLUEPRINTS TO FOOTPRINTS David Snyder, Choral & Artistic Director 240 (65 color)
1981 ONCE UPON A YEAR Jon Roncase, Athletic Director 189 (17 color) 2007EL LEAVE YOUR MARK Carolyn Slade, Sixth Grade Teacher 111 (full color)
1982 SCEPTRE- Volume XII Caroline Sigmon, High School Counselor 191 (16 color) 2007HS STAR QUALITY Douglas Raines, History Teacher 256 (b&w/color)
1983 SCEPTRE- Volume XIII Mary Anderson, Spanish Teacher 179 (15 color) 2008EL BETTER TOGETHER Anthony & Laurie Campbell, Elem Coord & Acad Support 110 (full color)
1984 SCEPTRE- Volume XIV Andreana Wisniewski, Science Teacher 208 (16 color) 2008HS BETTER TOGETHER Anthony & Laurie Campbell, Elem Coord & Acad Support 248 (full color)
1985 SCEPTRE- Volume XV Mary Purdie, Elementary Principal 208 (16 color) 2009EL I LIVE Paula DeJesus, School Nurse 113 (full color)
1986 THE YEAR IN PICTURES Oliver Steele, High School Principal 240 (16 color) 2009HS BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE Andy Camizzi, Art Teacher 272 (full color)
1987 LET THERE BE LIGHT Cecil Walker, History Teacher 235 (16 color) 2010EL BREAKING FREE Jean Albert, Elementary Assistant Principal 139 (full color)
1988 A TOUCH OF CLASS Gary Slade, Physical Education Teacher 231 (49 color) 2010HS inTENse Bob & Fatima Silva, Spanish & Latin Teachers 280 (full color)
1989 SCRAP THE ‘80s Wilbur Mundt, Janitor 239 (b&w/color) 2011EL WHAT REALLY COUNTS Bev Hodel, Elementary Assistant Principal 140 (full color)
1990 GENUINE LION M. Nelson Loveland, President (2nd Dedication) 215 (b&w/color) 2011HS ONE SCHOOL David Linder, Security 252 (full color)
1991 MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER Jean Frazier, Elementary Supervisor 225 (b&w/color) 2012EL LINKED Greg Dulkowski, Elementary Physical Education Teacher 144 (full color)
1992 A SHARPER IMAGE Cecil Walker, History Teacher (2nd Dedication) 247 (b&w/color) 2012HS THRIVE Randal & Heidi Martin, VP, CFO & Mathematics Teacher 288 (full color)
1993 RECYCLE THE TIMES Robert Fletcher, Bible & Economics Teacher 251 (b&w/color) 2013EL HOW WE GET THERE Kim Phillips, Fourth Grade Teacher 147 (full color)
1994 ETCHED IN STONE Jeff Gentry, English Teacher 261 (b&w/color) 2013HS AND LIFTED UP Nancy Stack, English Teacher 279 (full color)
1995 ONCE UPON OUR TIME M. Nelson (3rd Ded) & Jane Loveland, Pres & Asst 272 (b&w/color) 2014EL SMALL CHANGE Robin Wentz, Transportation Coordinator 160 (full color)
1996 THE BIG PICTURE Delia Albee, First Grade Teacher 271 (b&w/color) 2014HS MAKE YOURSELF CLEAR Anne Spell, Business Teacher 291 (full color)
1997 ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING Karen Moore, Receptionist 273 (b&w/color) 2015EL TAKE YOUR TURN Robin Phillips, Elementary Vocal Music Teacher 144 (full color)
1998 OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW Carol Lynne Hirsh, Cafeteria Manager 284 (b&w/color) 2015HS BIGGER & BETTER Sonya Jones, High School Principal 284 (full color)
1999 SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST Chris Huether, Bible Teacher 310 (b&w/color)

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