Sunshine Bible Academy

400 Sunshine Drive
Miller, SD 57362
Tel: 605-853-3071
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SBA equips our graduates to succeed in all areas of life by integrating strong academics with excellent Christian worldview instruction.
The Timothy Seaman Memorial Chapel is home to weekly chapel services as well as hosting special events and speakers throughout the year.
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.
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
In addition to athletics students participate and compete in music, drama, and art as part of our Fine Arts Department.
SBA offers a diverse and challenging curriculum designed to prepare our students for all of life.
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.
The Multi-purpose facility is the newest addition to the SBA campus as stage one of a four stage campus renewal program which will also include new dorms, new dining facilities, and a new academic building.
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.
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 
2017 School Data
Sunshine BibleBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)7-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)K-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19511910
Campus Size45 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment100 students300 students
% Students of Color
10%
20%
% International Students
15%
20%
% Students Boarding
65%
66%
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.)
Casual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:71:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered817
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
25%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$10,090
(Additional fees may be required)
$52,850
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$6,000
(Additional fees may be required)
$28,400
Tuition international students$15,135$47,425
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$9,180$37,945
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$3,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
90%
56%

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered817
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)

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered614
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Football, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1423
ExtracurricularsAcademic, Art Club, Band, Choir, Drama Club, FFA, Oral, Private, Robotics, Rodeo, Science, Speech, Student, Yearbook

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
  • School accreditations: ACSI Member, State of South Dakota Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
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