History & Mission
The mission at Highland View Academy is To inspire and mentor our students to excel in all Christ calls them to do.
Our school is dedicated to helping students achieve excellence in academics, spiritual growth, social responsibility,
interpersonal relationships, and living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Highland View Academy is a coeducational, secondary school operated by the Chesapeake Conference for the purpose
of providing quality Christ-centered education. The primary objective of this school is to help each student personally
experience the unconditional love of God through the revelation of His character, the redemption in His Son, and the
restoration of His image.
The school endeavors to provide students with a wellrounded educational program that leads students to fully develop
their God-given talents and use them to serve God and humanity. The operating board, administration, faculty and staff
are fully committed to operating all aspects of the school program in harmony with Biblical principles.
Mount Aetna Academy was established in 1949 as a day school. It was located at the present Mount Aetna Adventist
Elementary School on Crystal Falls Drive. In 1963 the Chesapeake Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted to build
a fully accredited secondary boarding school. The name Highland View Academy was chosen in 1965 as a result of a
conference-wide contest. On October 9, 1966, ground was broken for the first two buildings, Janel Kay DeHaan Hall and
Hartle Hall. The boarding phase of the school opened in the fall of 1967. In 1975 the administration building, housing the
first two classrooms, was occupied. Four years later the gymnasium was built as a separate building. In 1981 the central
and south wings of the classroom building were completed, connecting the administration building to the gym. The
cafeteria-music building was added in 1986 and named I & E Barr Cafeteria Complex in 1993. In 1991 a library wing was
added to the administration building which housed several classrooms and a computer lab. The Highland View Academy
Church members moved into a new sanctuary on campus in 1993. Highland View Academy continues to make
improvements to the campus, curriculum and extra-curricular aspects of the program.
Highland View Academy makes available to its students a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. It is our
objective to have all students fully prepared to continue their education at the college or university of their choice. In
addition, we strive to involve students in the investigation of local, national, and global issues, to develop students’ life
skills, to enhance the students’ well-being by encouraging life-long physical activities, and to provide quality programs
and activities that foster good character, responsible citizenship, and good decision-making skills. Underlying all
objectives is the desire to have each student recognize God’s calling for their life and help them achieve the skills
necessary to fulfill that calling.
Highland View Academy is located eight miles east of Hagerstown, Maryland at the base of South Mountain, a section of
the Blue Ridge Range. The campus spreads across 60 acres of woodland mountain tract. Within view of campus, Black
Rock Mountain rises in wooded splendor on the Appalachian Trail.
Our beautiful campus provides a safe, peaceful, rural setting, yet is only minutes away from medical facilities, shopping,
restaurants, and hotels. The campus, although secluded, is very accessible because of its location near the crossroads of
Interstates 70 and 81. It is just an hour’s drive to both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore and just 60 miles south of the
Because of Highland View Academy’s strategic location near the nation’s capital and its proximity to many historic places,
the students at Highland View Academy have a unique opportunity to study and learn about our nation’s history and
government. Within a 30-minute drive from the campus is the grave of Francis Scott Key, where our country’s flag is
forever unfurled; Antietam Battlefield, scene of one of the most important Civil War battles; and the Pennsylvania-
Maryland boundary, named the “Mason-Dixon Line” after the surveyors who marked the first formal division between
North and South. Also, within comfortable driving distances are Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, the C & O canal, our nation’s
capital, Fort McHenry, and many other places of interest.
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