Sunshine Bible Academy

400 Sunshine Drive
Miller, SD 57362
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #1 - SBA equips its students for success in all areas of life by preparing them academically, spiritually, and emotionally to lead a God honoring life wherever their path may lead.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #2 - The Timothy Seaman Memorial Chapel is home to weekly chapel services as well as hosting special events and speakers throughout the year.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #3 - The new boys dormitory is the newest addition to the SBA campus as phase one of stage two of a four stage campus renewal program which will also include new multi-purpose facility, new dorms, new dining facilities, and a new academic building. The new boys' dorm will open in the Fall of 2018.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #4 - The Crusaders compete in Cross Country, Football, Basketball, and Track.All extra curricular activities compete as part of the South Dakota High School Activities Association where they compete against both public and private schools.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #5 - The Lady Crusaders compete in Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. All extra curricular activities compete as part of the South Dakota High School Activities Association where they compete against both public and private
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #6 - In addition to athletics students participate and compete in music, drama, and art as part of our Fine Arts Department.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #7 - SBA offers a diverse and challenging curriculum designed to prepare our students for all of life.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #8 - In our agriculture, FFA, and Industrial Arts programs students get practical, hands on instruction in valuable areas like agriculture, automotive, carpentry, welding, and more. A leadership course is also available as part of the program.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #9 - Through our Servant Days program our students engage in service to others and their communities by completing various service projects across the state. Students also serve their school community by completing campus "chores" in our Gratis program.
Sunshine Bible Academy Photo #10 - Students from across the country and around the world are drawn to SBA where they are challenged to live out their faith in all areas of life.
Sunshine Bible Academy is a non-denominational Christian school located in the heart of South Dakota.
Sunshine Bible Academy exists to assist parents with their responsibility to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord by integrating God's truth in all areas of life.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Sunshine BibleBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)7-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)K-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19511907
Campus Size45 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment100 students302 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score23*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Modest casual attire for classroom settings.)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio7:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered818
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Additional fees may be required)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$15,510$53,848
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$3,000
(Need based aid, Ministerial & multi-child discount)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJoie VanHolstyn

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered818
CoursesCollege Algebra (Dual Enrollment), Contemporary Cultures and World View (Dual Enrollment), Current World Problems (Dual Enrollment), Philosophy (Dual Enrollment), Psychology (Dual Enrollment), US Government (Dual Enrollment), US History I (Dual Enrollment), US History II (Dual Enrollment)


# Interscholastic Sports Offered616
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Football, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations1423
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic, FFA, Robotics, Science, Student, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Band, Choir, Drama Club, Oral, Private, Speech

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

    Sunshine Bible Academy exists to assist parents with their responsibility to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord by integrating God's truth in all areas of life.  
  • Sunshine Bible Academy provides a K-12 Christian educational system that includes a local day-school elementary education program and a residential secondary education program.
  • Historically developed in a rural setting, Sunshine Bible Academy continues to serve families from ranches and farms as well as families from urban areas as well as several foreign countries. 
  • The residential component allows Sunshine Bible Academy to be a ministry to families by providing a Christ centered, accredited education for families who desire to attend an excellent Christian school in a strong evangelical non-denominational environment. 
  • Students attending Sunshine Bible Academy are provided an accredited academic program in an atmosphere conducive to their spiritual, social, and physical development according to a Biblical philosophy of life.
  • All SBA students participate in our Gratis program. Gratis (from the Latin for free) is a daily work program that helps instill in our students the value of hard work, responsibility, and a sense of ownership in the school. Our Gratis program is just one of many tools used to make attending SBA as affordable as possible and is one reason the cost of attending SBA is one of the lowest in the nation for a boarding school education.
Activities and opportunities will be provided to:  1. Develop within students a respect for learning that will make learning a life-long process.  2. Strive to meet the diversity of individual needs, interests, abilities, and learning styles of students.  3. Enhance the development of responsible citizenship for fulfilling roles of leadership and group participation in life.  4. Promote basic skills including reading, writing, speaking, listening, observing, critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and logic in all students.  5. Encourage students in the appreciation, development of skills, and the exploration of talent in music, drama, physical, and practical arts.  6. Assist students in acquiring knowledge and skills to enhance their physical and mental health, which would enable them to accept in themselves and others the biblically based importance of feelings, dignity, and self worth.  7. Challenge students through successful learning experiences at their ability level which will guide them in personal, social, ethical, moral, and psychological development, with the ultimate experience being the initiation and maturing growth in Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord.Recent graduates have attended:
  • Association Free Lutheran Bible School
  • Bethel University
  • Black Hills State University
  • Calvin College
  • Dakota State University
  • Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Dordt College
  • George Washington University
  • Grace University
  • Lake Area Technical Institute
  • Liberty University
  • Mitchell Technical Institute
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northwestern College (Iowa)
  • Rhema Bible College
  • Sheridan College
  • South Dakota State University
  • Twin Lakes Community College
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Northwestern
  • University of Sioux Falls
  • University of South Dakota
  • Western Dakota Tech
  • Financial Aid available. Discounts available for multiple children and families with parents in full time ministry.Lean more here
  • Sunshine Bible Academy accreditations: ACSI Member, State of South Dakota Division of Elementary and Secondary Education

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