History & Philosophy


Wisconsin Academy is a secondary co-educational boarding school formerly known as Bethel Academy and was founded in 1899 by the Wisconsin Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It operated at Arpin, Wisconsin, until the spring of 1949. Beginning September 4, 1949, the school opened its doors near Columbus, Wisconsin, under the name of Wisconsin Academy.


Wisconsin Academy accepts the following philosophy as basic for the operation of the school.

The policies and practices of Wisconsin Academy are based on the principles found in the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White, and are in harmony with policies and guidelines established by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, the State of Wisconsin, and the National Council for Private School Accreditation.

The basic tenets of the Seventh-day Adventist church are directed toward God’s restorative plan for fallen humanity. The church conducts its own system of education to instill within its students the belief in the doctrines of the church, to encourage a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and to promote opportunities to share that relationship with others.

Adventist education strives to nurture thinkers rather than mere reflectors of other’s thoughts; loving service rather than self ambition; striving for one’s best potential; and learning to appreciate all that is beautiful, true and good.

An education of this kind seeks to provide a balance between home, school, and church.