In 1962, discussions began among leaders of the SDA community regarding the provision of SDA Christian education at the Secondary level for the young people of the church as well the youth in the community who desired to acquire the same. Classes began as an extension to the already existing primary school that was accommodates in the church then located at Waterworks Road. The secondary program began with Forms One and Two.
During the second-year concrete plans were made to institute an Academy at L’Anse Road. The property used to house the school was rented for the first two years, then purchased by the Board of Management in an unprecedented fashion. A few years later, lands were purchased at Sunny Acres and the Secondary School was constructed in 1977. The Waterworks buildings were sold and the church and pre-school moved to High Street. The L’Anse Road structure was then used for the Primary School.
At the end of the first year, the Government allowed the students to write the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) examination at which they performed remarkably well. In 1964 the only established secondary schools were the St. Mary’s College and the St. Joseph’s Convent. Lionel Spooner’s Caribbean Preparatory Institute was privately owned. The Academy was therefore the fourth post-primary institute in the country.
A paradigm shift has been assumed by the administration that is to catapult the institution to new heights of student enrolment, academic achievement, socio-cultural deportment and spiritual fulfillment. With God, the St. Lucia S.D.A. Academy moves forward in its efforts to provide quality and Christian Education.