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About Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy family exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve.

Our Philosophy

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide a spiritually oriented education for children. A belief in the existence of the Creator God is fundamental in the philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist schools. We respect His divine authority and recognize His intervention in human affairs. We believe that true education develops the spiritual, mental, and physical powers of each student; preparing them for the joy of service in this life and for the higher joy of service in the life to come. To achieve this goal, we encourage each student to:

  • develop a personal relationship with God and his fellow men as stated in Matthew 2:37-39
  • master the basic academic skills
  • value labor, physical and mental, as the blessing God intended
  • cultivate physical fitness, mental ability, and moral purity as the blessing God intended.

The Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is operated in harmony with the guidance and direction of the Office of Education, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is situated in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, easily reached by students from Contra Costa, Solano, Alameda, and Napa Counties. The combination of the surrounding city and peaceful campus makes this school ideal for all levels of education.

School History

Members of the Seventh-day Adventist churches in Walnut Creek and Martinez opened WalMar Junior Academy in a church building in Martinez in the 1940s. The school’s purpose was to provide a Christian education for the children of church members in those communities. WalMar’s mission was to educate students in mind, body, and spirit. The school was relocated to its current site in 1952, offering grade kindergarten through the tenth grade. Its 2 buildings were purchased from the Alameda Island Naval Station and reassembled onsite. In 1954 the school would change its name to Pleasant Hill Junior Academy to reflect the recently incorporated city in which it resided. In the summer of 1981, the school grew its facilities, adding a new building which housed the administration, the gym and junior high school classrooms. In the Fall of 1998, the school expanded to 12 grades, taking on a new name – Pleasant Hill Christian School and graduating its first senior class, certified under Rio Lindo Adventist Academy accreditation. Becoming operationally independent and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2003, the school changed its name to Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy, graduating its first class under its own name in 2004.  The school is part of the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventist educational system.


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College Preparation

Quality education is the goal at PHAA. Students receive a WASC-accredited education from kindergarten to senior graduation. Two diplomas are offered, standard and college-preparatory. PHAA works hand-in-hand with the Adventist colleges to guarantee college success.


Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is fully accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We are also approved by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, which is recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation.

WASC Website
WASC Self Study Report (2006-2012)
WASC Visiting Committee Final Report (2012)
Revised Action Plans