Within the rich Adventist history in Texas, lie the humble beginnings of what is now Burton Adventist Academy. The tiny school began in 1911 on Fog Street in Fort Worth. In 1924, in answer to the growing needs of the school, members of the Fort Worth Hemphill Church offered two rooms in their basement and so the school moved to its second location just a few blocks away.
After World War II student enrollment again increased. In answer to the growing need, the school expanded its curriculum and moved to Lipscomb Street where its name was changed to Fort Worth Junior Academy. Following many years of success and growth at Lipscomb Street, the school moved once again. In 1962 church members Harry and Lorraine Burton donated land in Arlington and shortly after, concrete was poured, beams were set, and the school complex was erected.
In 1975, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Burton, the school’s name was changed to Burton Junior Academy. Though Burton’s current home had been found and its name selected, the school was not done growing. Although the location was rural in nature in the 1960’s, the nearby construction of Interstate I-20 caused major housing and business growth in the area which opened easy access to the school from the rapidly expanding metropolitan area. In 1982 the Floyd Y. Harrell Gymnasium was erected to shelter the students from the elements.
In 1985, Burton Junior Academy became Burton Adventist Academy when grades K and 11 were added, followed by the addition of 12th grade the following year as well as the expansion of the main building.
In 1995, the attachment of the Junior High building to the Floyd Y Harrell Gymnasium was completed and several years later in 1998, a baseball and softball field, Perryman Field, became another addition to the school complex. The fields came totally equipped, dugouts for home and away teams, scoreboards and field lights. The funds for these fields were donated by Dr. Bill and Connie Perryman.
One more time, there was an increase in enrollment and plans for another gymnasium and classrooms were needed. By late fall of 1999, Hayes Development Center was completed. This Center featured a full court gymnasium, a stage that could be used for multiple events, five additional classrooms, and an auditorium.
Burton Adventist Academy is currently located on eleven and a quarter acres (two and a quarter of them are leased) at 4611 Kelly Elliott Road, Arlington, Texas.
What a testimony this has been to Texas Adventists who through the years have recognized the importance of providing their children with a sound biblical background during their formative years.
The campus currently features three buildings:
(1) An elementary classroom-administration building which also houses secondary laboratory, computer facilities and some classrooms
(2) A middle school classroom/gymnasium building which is also used for some elementary activities
(3) The Altus E. and Virginia Pate Hayes Youth Development Center, a secondary classroom/gymnasium complex. Other campus features include a number of athletic fields on the east side and a primary grade play field on the west side.
What a testimony this has been to Adventists who, through the years, have recognized the importance of providing their children with a sound biblical background during their formative years. Current enrollment stands at approximately 225 PreK-12 students with about 130 of those in the secondary program. Guiding the program are 38 full time and part time staff members.
Burton Adventist Academy
Burton is associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world’s second largest Christian school system. It is a co-ed school and offers both a basic high school diploma and an advanced diploma.
Burton Adventist Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities which is a recognized member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation and the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, and is recognized as accredited by the Texas Education Agency.
The school’s curriculum consists primarily of the standard courses taught at college preparatory schools across the world. All students are required to take classes in the core areas of English, Basic Sciences, Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Social Sciences.
All students take religion classes each year. These classes cover topics in Biblical history and Christian and denominational principles. Instructors in other disciplines also begin each class period with prayer or a short devotional thought, many which encourage student interaction or involvement. Weekly, the students participate in a spiritual chapel program.