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Our History2019-01-31T14:49:55+00:00

(MWA) is a college preparatory school for young men and women in grades nine through twelve. The school has a distinguished history as a center for providing quality Christian education that seeks to develop young people of character. Located in Hutchinson, Minnesota, the school serves students from throughout the state. MWA is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is part of the largest Protestant educational system in the world. The school is fully accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Seventh-day Adventist North American Division Commission on Accreditation.

Maplewood Academy had its beginnings in Minneapolis in 1888 in the basement of the Lake Street Church and was called the Minneapolis Preparatory School. A year later the school was moved to Anoka and was renamed the Minnesota Industrial School. In 1904, it moved again to a beautiful 94 acre farm property purchased in Maple Plain, the location of which is the present day site of Baker Park Preserve and the Three Rivers Park. The property included a lovely maple grove, which prompted the school’s name change to Maplewood Academy. In 1928 the school was again moved to the campus of the Danish-Norwegian Seminary located in Hutchinson, Minnesota. The two schools co-existed for two years until the seminary closed, leaving the Academy to take over use of all the facilities. Thus, for nearly ninety years, Maplewood Academy has provided quality secondary Christian education to hundreds of students at its current location. The school has additional campuses in Minnetonka and St. Paul Minnesota, and serves other participating students throughout greater Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Alabama via our “Connected” online educational program.

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