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Doors open at 7:45. All students should be dropped off at the side entrance by the auditorium. High school classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and elementary begins at 8:15. After 8:15 the auditorium entrance will be locked and students should enter at the front entrances. High school students should enter at the high school entrance by the flag pole and elementary students at the elementary entrance. Elementary students who arrive after 8:15 and high school students who arrive late for a class must sign in at the office before going to class. If you are walking your elementary student inside, please be prepared to refrain from entering the classroom after 8:15.

Dismissal on Monday - Thursday is from 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm and on Friday from 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm. Parents are given name tags to put on the dashboard of their car and names will be called as the cars enter the parking lot and drive through for pick up. All elementary students remaining in the classroom at the end of dismissal will be escorted to After School Care. All students will be picked up from the auditorium entrance during dismissal.
After School Care is provided for Pre-K – 8th grade. It begins directly after dismissal and ends at 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. When Daylight Savings Time ends from November 7 to March 13, ASC will end at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. The time on Fridays will return to 5:00 p.m. after March 13.
Dial the direct ASC line at 240-883-3540.
ASC will be available on most 12:15 dismissal days. The days when there is no ASC are November 19, December 17, March 11 and May 27. Advance notice reminders will be given for the days that it will not be available.
If an older sibling has specific permission and the student is responsible for transporting the child(ren) home they may sign out and pick them up from ASC. Under no circumstances should an elementary student be taken to wait on the high school side.
No, after dismissal high school students are to wait in a designated area until their ride has come. Students should remain there unless they are participating in an afterschool activity or under the supervision of a teacher or staff member. All students must exit the building Monday through Thursday by 6:00 p.m., unless they are participating in an afterschool activity or under the supervision of a teacher or staff member.
Students must sign out when leaving before the end of the school day. For elementary and middle school students this must be by a parent or guardian. If the student returns from an appointment, they must sign in. If a high school student is leaving before the end of the day, even if they only have a study hall remaining, they must sign out to avoid being marked absent. When students sign out they must leave the building.
Everyone should enter through one of the front entrances ONLY, once school is in session. For safety purposes, all other entrances are off limits during the school day. Please stop by the office, sign in and get a visitor pass. Please sign out before you leave and exit through the main entrances. Please do not encourage or expect a student to let you in a door.
If your child is sick, please call Terri Sheahin 301-421-9101 or email for Pre-K-8, or call Lindsay Dever at 240-883-3502 or email for high school by 8:30 a.m. to notify us that your child will not be attending school. Upon their return, they should bring a note to the office explaining the reason for their absence. This information may also be communicated via email by a parent or guardian. If your child is seen by their medical provider or is diagnosed with an illness such as strep throat, Covid-19, pink eye or any other communicable disease, please notify the school nurse at or 240-883-3509.
Please fill out a Pre-Arranged Absence form with signatures of all teachers whose classes your child will miss. These must be turned in to the office at least one week before the date they will be missing school. This does not apply to medical/dental appointments, which are excused with a note from the doctor or parent.
A student may not participate in any after school activities if they were absent for the day due to sickness.
SAA follows Maryland state guidelines which state that a student must be free of fever (100.4 or below), diarrhea or vomiting for a twenty-four hour period before returning. If you have any questions regarding their return, please contact the school nurse at or 240-883-3509.
Email is the primary communication tool at SAA. Occasionally hard copy mail is sent. In cases of emergency, email, text and phone calls are made.
The Buzz, the weekly school newsletter, is emailed to all students and parents and can be viewed on RenWeb. This will keep you informed on events as well as calendar changes. Middle school students and their families also receive the Mini Buzz in email form each week. Elementary teachers also communicate via email with parents. Parent alert texts will be sent to families.
SAA follows Montgomery County School closings for inclement weather. These notices are on network television as well as radio. All families will receive a phone call and/or a text message using RenWeb’s parent alert system. Occasionally there will be a need to close school early due to a power outage or some other emergency. The alert process will be the same.
RenWeb is a vast source of information. You can keep track of attendance, grades, homework assignments, calendar and discipline. You can also view detailed information on your finances such as lunch, After School Care, and other fees.
SAA maintains a closed campus during the day. A student is permitted to leave campus only with parent permission and must sign out. They can return for after school activities, provided they have attended at least half of the academic day.
A high school student must have written permission from parents/guardians to ride with any other student at SAA. Students must also adhere to any laws or probation periods.
Students will be cared for by the school nurse or office personnel. Any visit for such reasons will be recorded in RenWeb. Minor injuries are treated and the student will return to class. If an injury is more serious, parents are notified. If a child has vomiting, diarrhea or a fever, parents are notified and the child will need to go home.
If it is an emergency, call the school office. Otherwise, send an email, write a note or leave a voice mail with your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment to meet with them. Teachers cannot be expected to stop teaching during school hours to have a conversation with parents, so please make every effort not to interrupt them during the school day. This includes drop-off and dismissal time. Email is the best form of initiating communication. Making an appointment is the best option to meet with the teachers.
Forms are available on the school website as well as the SAA office.
All volunteers 18 years of age and older who will be having direct interaction with students here at school or on field trips will need to complete online training with the Adventist Screening Verification/Sterling Volunteers and complete a background screening. Instructions are available on the school website. For more information or clarification please contact Heidi Wetmore at
To drive one of the school buses, drivers must have completed Sterling Volunteers, fill out a Volunteer Driver Questionnaire and provide a copy of their driver’s license. Chaperones driving their own vehicles must have completed Sterling Volunteers, supply a copy of Insurance policy showing at least $250,000/$500,000 coverage, supply a copy of their driver’s license and fill out a Volunteer Driver Questionnaire. Volunteer drivers who have at least one (1) enrolled student at SAA will receive a $25 tuition credit on their account in exchange for submitting proof of proper insurance coverage. They are eligible to receive this credit once every 6 months.
Home & School is a parent/teacher organization whose members have a common goal of helping to ensure the success of this school in all capacities. Their mission is to promote the welfare of our children, encourage parent contribution of time, talent, and financial support for educational programs that directly benefit the students, and develop united efforts between faculty and parents. They accomplish these goals through a variety of initiatives, to include establishing a room parent network, supporting the administration at events throughout the year, and funding educational programs for the students. Fundraising is a central focus as well. Their efforts over the years have enabled the school to install Smartboards in every classroom, contribute to the purchase of playground equipment as well as providing ways raise money for the classrooms. Keep your eyes and ears open for different ways you can contribute to fundraising efforts throughout the year, such as the Safeway/Giant Bonus Card programs, Amazon Smile, Claire’s Gourmet, Fall Festival, 5 K Race, and Book Fair just to name a few. They also provide opportunities for social outlet (aka having fun) throughout the year. They communicate primarily through The Buzz and email. Make sure to check both places so you don’t miss out. Finally, they encourage you to get involved and support these efforts that really are designed to benefit the students at this school.
There are many opportunities for family service. Helping with Home & School events, chaperoning field trips, helping with the Spencerville Athletic Booster Club (SABC) and assisting the teachers with tasks are some of the most common ways. Often family service opportunities are listed in The Buzz. Check with your child’s teacher to see if they need help with anything.
Forms are available online on SAA’s website or at either of the school offices. Record your hours and the dates of your service on the form and obtain the signature of the staff member or Home & School officer who was coordinating the hours of service. When the hours have been submitted, they will be recorded in RenWeb. Hours will not be credited if dates and signatures are not included.
Yes, students are admitted by audition. Music teachers will post audition times at the beginning of the school year.
Various sports are offered at SAA to complement the academic and spiritual atmosphere of our school. Each sport will have its own tryout period in which team members will be selected to participate in the organized sport. A current year sports physical is required for all SAA sports team tryouts. Athletic eligibility reports are run throughout the year to determine eligibility. All athletic teams are managed through the TeamSnap app. Please download the app for all sports related communication with coaches and the athletic department. Tryout times will be posted by flyers throughout the school and announced in The Buzz. Games for each sport are announced in The Buzz and will appear in the athletic calendar.

K-8 Junior-Acro

Cost: $200/session

Two 8 week sessions/semester

Middle School

Cost: $100/sport (1st Sport is paid for in tuition)



Varsity Athletics

Cost: $225/sport (1st Sport is paid for in tuition)

Men’s Baseball

Men’s & Women’s Basketball

Men’s & Women’s Volleyball

Men’s & Women’s Soccer


Women’s Softball

SAA’s athletic director is Isaac Tyman. He can be contacted at
Each year a full musical drama production is produced for high school and occasionally middle school. A special interest meeting will be held shortly after the start of the school year with a synopsis of the characters given as well as an audition packet. Auditions will be announced and held after school.
Used uniforms are available throughout the year in SAA’s used uniform store. Inquire in the office. New uniforms can be ordered at any time during the school year by going to the School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger website On the Find Your School page, enter either our Partner School Code SPEN01 or search by school name and location. Select your student’s grade, gender and program type. For all customer service questions, please call 1-877-825-2860. Customer Service is available in English and Spanish. More detailed ordering instructions are available on the SAA website.
Used and new uniforms are available at the school for sale. Dress code violations are recorded in Renweb (school information system) and may result in disciplinary actions.
The elementary school is on a 4 quarter system and the high school is on a semester system. At the end of every term a report card will be emailed. A parent can request a hard copy of that report card by return email. Hard copy report cards will be mailed out to all families at the end of the school year.
Money is deposited in the student account in RenWeb. Lunch orders are placed in the morning by the teachers. A lunch menu appears each week in The Buzz and is emailed at the end of every week for the upcoming week.
Laptops issued to high school students during the first year of attendance are given to the students to keep and are therefore the responsibility of the student. Any necessary repairs are the responsibility of the family. In the year of issuance, the family has the option of purchasing an extended warranty for the laptop. If the laptop is damaged and the family has purchased the warranty, the school may assist in the process of submitting a claim to the warranty company.
Students are asked to apply starting their sophomore year. Students must meet all criteria to be admitted. National Honor admittance criteria is available in the high school handbook.