Awards

Atholton Adventist Academy is proud of its students and staff.  We celebrate the accomplishments of all.

Columbia Union Outstanding Administrator Award

Marilynn Peeke, the principal of Atholton Adventist Academy, was awarded the first Columbia Union Outstanding Administrator Award on May 13, 2010, during the academy's annual Strawberry Festival. To qualify for the award an individual must have a minimum of five years of experience as an administrator, demonstrate the ability to cast a vision for the school, build and enhance the curriculum of the school, integrate the school into its constituency and community, and be exceptionally effective. In addition to those professional skills, an administrator must be a team player, have keen insights, outstanding organizational skills, and effectively represent the school in any setting. The process leading to the award includes being nominated by a state organization of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, followed by a series of formal and informal visits and written responses to a series of questions.  Peeke was selected from a group of almost 90 administrators by the Office of Education of Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Atholton Adventist Academy is a Christian school started in 1958 by parents and members of the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church who wanted to provide an excellent Christian education for their children. Because of AAA’s reputation of the Atholton Advantage, the enrollment has extended beyond the membership of the host congregation and now includes many students from the larger community. Peeke has been the principal of Atholton Adventist Academy (AAA) since 2000. Under Peeke’s direction, the school has grown from a K-8th grade program with about 90 students to a Pre-kindergarten-Grade 10 academy with an enrollment of 230. Throughout her years at AAA, Peeke’s focus has been the spiritual welfare and academic progress of her students. AAA students consistently score above the national norm on standardized tests, and there is a direct correlation between the number of years a student is at AAA and the difference from the national norm.

Peeke also introduced the English as a Second Language program (ESOL), an enhanced music curriculum, an accelerated math track, and a growing sports program. AAA is known for quality students in both academics and behavior because the climate of the school encourages a personal relationship with God. This type of relationship brings respect, integrity, and kindness into student’s characters. During Peeke’s administration a large addition was added to the physical plant of the school to accommodate the growing student body and activities.

President's Physical Fitness Challenge

For the school year 2009-2010 Atholton Adventist Academy achieved first place in the President's Physical Fitness Challenge for the state of Maryland.  Two thirds of our student passed the requirements for the President's Physical Fitness Challenge.

Physical fitness is a priority at Atholton Adventist Academy.  It is a component of each PE class, which every student is required to take four days per week.  Daily practice and goal setting helps students to evaluate their progress toward positive health habits and physical fitness achievement.