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Silverdale Baptist Academy

Private | PK-12 | 1006 students

Our school is best known for its community atmosphere and rigorous academics.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $151,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $710.

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Posted August 18, 2014

God is at work at Silverdale Baptist Academy, and it's plain to see! From our foundation in 1999 with a single Kindergarten class, we have seen consistent growth through enrollment year after year in what is now a PreK-12 community. Our test scores put us in the top 15% of schools nationwide, and our alumni tell us they're more than prepared for college and beyond. Our already successful athletics programs are competing with programs of established tradition, and the arts at SBA are gaining new ground and accolades year after year. The common thread that makes all of this possible and that is reinforced in daily student-teacher interactions is our shared faith in Jesus Christ. It's His love that we strive to share daily and which helps create such a wonderful community at Silverdale. We hope you'll stop by and take a tour! #WeAreSilverdale

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Posted Thursday, October 23, 2014

Silverdale was just voted "Best of the Best" private school in Chattanooga so I find it almost comical to read the severely negative reviews from people that have "left" the Academy. I understand as a parent that Silverdale is not perfect but I am quite sure that no school is. Silverdale is not about money or being elite, it is about preparing the students for college , all with a biblical worldview. My son is a senior and is well qualified for the Big colleges. He is not an athlete nor a "favorite" and isn't perception a funny thing. Why would the administration or teachers downgrade students? I am saddened because I can't fathom the bitterness in these families. I have a "nerd" that is loved by staff and students and I have a younger student who is an athlete and is loved by all. People need to understand that every school may not be a good fit for your family .What about pitching in, volunteering, being on a focus group? I will stop my rant but if you WANT the BEST school, it is Silverdale. Take it from a parent that has had both good and bad days there, the good far out weighs the bad. Kind of like marriage....kind of like life....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

We could not be more pleased with this outstanding school. SBA cares about the child and they understand the importance of a quality education. We have been particularly impressed with the attention given to the spiritual life of our child. Teachers and administrators truly care for children at SBA. Problems are dealt with in a forthright manner and this brings clarity to all situations. Academics are important at this school and they are honored. We could not be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2014

Stay away from this school and especially the "Impact Program". This is courtesy of several parents that have had the misery of going through this program with their children. THEY ARE ABOUT MONEY!!! Not about education. They put kids in this program to keep the test scores higher in the "regular" classroom. Our child regressed totally as well as several others. We moved our child to the public school and he has made the honor roll twice! I warn you to stay away from this school although, there are some good teachers and staff members, the underlying philosophy of this school is not about Christ but is about, MONEY, ATHLETICS AND ELITE ACADEMIA. If you have money or influence, you will be welcomed with open arms! But beware--these people are wolves in sheep clothing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

SBA used to be a great school. As someone who used to go there for many years and has now moved on, I see what all I was missing out on by staying at SBA. SBA is a fairy good elementary school and a mediocre middle school, however it is a awful high school. Bottom line, they do not fix the problems that should be fixed. At SBA there is a lot of "favorites" picked early on by the teachers and administration and if you are a student that doesn't make that cut for some reason, then you are truly downgraded as a student. The classes were never taught well and the testing was college level (which is fine, however the material was never being taught). At SBA if you do not make straight A's, a top notch athlete then you will be considered much less by everyone including the teachers. The main problem with SBA is they are too focused on their image, their money and their buildings and truly letting their education and religious standards fall through. It is truly upsetting to see a once good school fall so badly, however there are many private schools in the area that would be a much better choice for your child.


Posted January 15, 2014

I graduated from SBA and was very satisfied with the education I received. I went to a secular university and held my own perfectly well in regards to geology/earth science and my understanding of the classics. SBA teaches from a Christian worldview, but that's not surprising considering it is a Christian school. It doesn't mean they don't expose you to competing ideas. In fact, they do tell you what else is out there. They just uphold Scripture as the ultimate authority: which they should as a Christian school. I have no complaints about my experience at SBA.


Posted December 19, 2013

Save your child's sanity, do not send your kid here. If you want your child to be in an anti-secular and intolerant environment, and unable to comfortably voice their personal opinion that's different from SBA's, then this school is perfect. SBA likes to keep a tight leash on everyone and if you loosen that leash; SBA has no fear to expel you. A few of my schoolmates have been kicked out for the dumbest tedious things, it's ridiculous. There is no different opinion, there's only SBA's view. SBA does not prepare you for college sciences, literature, or even arts. Your kid will have to relearn any geology/earth science & will be the only student in class that hasn't read any of the classics. SBA's art class was pathetic, the class is strict and you can't even express yourself in the one class you should be able to. I haven't met one graduate student that has anything positive to say except for the ones who were happy they were able to escape. The parents' reviews here are obviously biased, read the student's reviews. Save your money and send your kid to different school like Baylor or McCallie, that will actually prepare them for college work and material.


Posted November 18, 2013

I have two children at SBA. My youngest is in preschool and my oldest began in K and is now in 2nd. This is an awesome place. Both boys absolutely love the school. We aren't super involved parents at the school but are very well informed about everything and have every opportunity to get more involved. The principals and headmaster as well as all of the other leadership at the school demonstrate the highest character. They are super friendly and somehow remember all of the children by name. This is a very impressive place, not because of the buildings and amazing campus, but because of their staff, children and parents who all make it great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

I have a daughter who graduated from SBA. She had been in another local Christian school for 11 years before transferring. At first I was hesitant for her to leave an established Christian school for one that hadn't been in existence more than 3 years, but it was well worth the change. Her education was amazing & she excelled in college, which lays to rest these claims I've read about not being prepared for higher education facilities. When you go to a Christian school, you get biblical teaching. It isn't bible "thumping" but biblical "truth" that is the main focus of the school. For some of these former students to claim otherwise is unfortunate. They have missed the whole point of the existence of Jesus Christ. He stands for truth. That's what they get at SBA...no more, no less. The apostle Paul states that if a Christian brother or sister is caught in sin, it's the church's responsibility to bring it to their attention & if they still refuse to obey the teachings of Jesus in regards to lifestyle behavior, they are to be expelled from the church. SBA follows this procedure, but with love & compassion. For someone to state otherwise, is simply not truth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

Excellent education! As a graduate of SBA, I can honestly say that I was well prepared academically and spiritually for life. I went on to graduate with honors from a top-100 undergraduate business program, as ranked by Business Week magazine. I then also pursued and earned a master's degree, graduating with honors again. I love the fact that students at SBA are taught creationism and the evolutionary theory and are taught to scientifically analyze both theories to discover the truth. Students are actually presented with the scientific fallacies of the evolutionary theory, instead of just being taught that it is true without mentioning the many scientific errors therein. Students are taught to think, instead of just being fed information. I also love that the students are actually presented with many popular religions/worldviews in class and are taught how to analyze them from a biblical worldview. I so appreciated how my teachers and the administration cared for me while I was a student at SBA. I honestly knew that they loved me and desired the best for my life. I wouldn't trade my years at SBA for anything, and I strongly recommend the school without hesitation.


Posted September 30, 2013

I have had one student graduate from Silverdale and I currently have one student in high school. We came from another Christian School in the area and I can truly say that Silverdale is a blessing. My oldest has now graduated from college and she was so prepared to deal with "the world". She went to a Christian college and was shocked, but prepared, to deal with the worldly decisions of her peers. My youngest was saved and baptized at Silverdale even though we don't go to Church there. I couldn't be happier with the godly teachers, administration and staff that has helped us raise our children. I give them much of the credit for the godly young ladies my girls have grown into, and I give God the glory for bringing us to this academy. We are very blessed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

I have been associated with Silverdale Baptist Academy for the past three years. I am so impressed with the quality of teachers and students that are at SBA. SBA is a school that is centered around Jesus Christ and they are not ashamed to let you know that! Excellence is also the focus of SBA and they teach their students to strive for excellence is every aspect of their lives. SBA truly teaches to the "whole child." I cannot wait until my young child can attend SBA and be enriched by all it has to offer!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2013

My school's foundation is based on the Lord Jesus Christ and his Word, the Bible. The teacher's love their students and are willing to go the extra mile to make learning fun and to work with different learning styles. The administration is very knowledgeable and love the students and the teachers. You can't beat Silverdale Baptist Academy!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2013

SBA is not the only private Christian school I have been affiliated with, but it is certainly the best. It's foundation was built on Jesus Christ and His principles, He has the reigns and He is responsible for the incredible things that have been accomplished in the 13 years since SBA opened as a K-12 school. Incredible obstacles have been overcome, the growth has been astounding and hundreds of alumni have testified to the life changes that took place during their time here. We strive to be excellent in all that we do, whether it be ministering to the needs of a student with learning challenges, or cheering on the academically elite to push the limits. Our coaches, teachers and staff mentor and teach the whole child. We strive to raise up Godly young men and women who are not afraid to defend their faith and tackle a fallen world with the ultimate goal of leading the lost to meet their Savior. What greater accomplishment is there? This happens at this school. That is why I have dedicated almost 14 years to this place. I don't regret a minute of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2013

I graduated from SBA. I read some of the reviews and was very sad to hear what a few disgruntled students said. I went on to graduate from college with a 4.0. How does that happen if the school was lacking? It is impossible to please everyone, but my experience at SBA was great. As for the "Bible Thumpers"....that is a term many kids who don't want to be at a Christian school use. As for the "intolerance" that was mentioned....It is not intolerence when you follow God's commandments. SBA speaks the truth. Keep it up SB!!!


Posted September 3, 2013

Silerdale is an incredible school. It is evidenced by the behavior of the students not just at school, but in the community. It has the academic as well as spiritual element, exceeding in both areas. Well rounded including sports and fine arts, an excellent return on investment.


Posted July 23, 2013

Very Disappointed in this school. Silverdale is put up on a high pedestal so naturally as a student you want to go here. I was completely blindsided by how this school actually works. I transferred over into 10th grade and they seemed so sweet until I spent a while their as a student. They blew us off over a couple of problems we had and never resolved them. I was naive to think I wanted to spend my whole junior and senior years here because during my junior year everything went down hill fast. Silverdale don't care for their students needs and doesn't do a good job in preparing them for college. I decided that I didn't want to spend my last year at Silverdale so I ventured out to a different private school. The dean at this school said that Silverdale messed up my credits bad. They signed me up for physical science twice when I took it during my freshman year. I had the impression I was in good trusting hands but turns out I got cheated by the administration for not properly doing their job. Now when I could have been taking college courses my senior year and enjoying, I had to take Biology. Words can't describe how saddened I am to find out Silverdale ruined my senior year.


Posted September 10, 2012

As a graduate of Silverdale, I can truly say that I was completely underprepared for higher education. They do not teach enough classic literature and replace it with books such as THIS PRESENT DARKNESS and other Christian "novels". Their arts programs are unsatisfactory and do not prepare or serve students who have an interest in the arts. I am also very unsettled their level of intolerance. I personally know of students who have been expelled for being "homosexual" or have different beliefs. They make students sign an agreement to tell the truth and adhere to an honor code, and yet they kick out students for telling the truth. Many of my fellow peers agree that our experience there did us a huge disservice in preparation for our future. It may be nice for the parents to know that their children are in a "Christian" environment, but the principles they teach and the actions they take are anything but Christian.


Posted April 10, 2011

This school never ceases to amaze me. I heard this school lacked academics...just the opposite. I am blessed to have found a school with just the right balance of academics,athletics and spiritual formation. The involvement of the teachers in my Childs life is incredible. It is not just a job for them...it is a passion. Kudos Silverdale for being a stellar school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

My child graduated from SBA. She excelled because of the academic and spiritual foundation that she received at SBA. She is excelling in college and she contributes that to the education she received at SBA. Our family got to witness the hand of God as he provided a debt free sporting facility, including football, softball and baseball fields debt free. It is reassuring to know that my child has prospered both academically, spiritually and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

My children have attended SBA for 7 years. The excellent education that is provided to them has exceeded my expectations. SBA is driven to integrate God's Word into every facet of our children's lives and teaching them a Biblical worldview is essential now more than ever. The QUALITY of the education is THERE as many of SBA's graduates have received full scholarships from some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. The community service and partnership SBA has with the parents is extraordinary and it shows from the leadership of the Headmaster all the way down to the maintenance staff.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 67%
Black 4% 23%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation UTC
Chattanooga State
UTK
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
Latin
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club: tap
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Rebecca Hansard
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ACE
Fax number
  • (423) 648-7600

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling, Fishing
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: tap
  • Drama club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Interact (Rotary) Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Voted by the readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a Best of the Best Private Schools in Chattanooga: 2011 (Top 3), 2012 (Top 3), 2013 (Top 3)
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$6000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No

Planning ahead

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UTC
Chattanooga State
UTK
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College presentations or information sessions
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7236 Bonny Oaks Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Phone: (423) 892-2319

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