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In February 2018,  to celebrate his first 100 days in office,  Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin invited students to draw what inspires them about Birmingham; the theme: "My Birmingham.  My Mayor.  And Me."  Over 200 entries showed their creativity of what they love about their city, including historical landmarks, parks, or neighborhoods.

"I want to thank all of the Birmingham teachers and parents who’ve submitted their students’ or child’s art work for the “My Birmingham. My Mayor. And Me.’’ Art Contest. These entries just reaffirm we have very talented children supportive of their schools, their neighborhoods and their leaders." from Mayor Woodfin fb page

The winners had their art displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Art in March (which was Youth Art Month), a gift bag and appeared at a Birmingham City Council meeting April 17th.

City council members honored the following students:

Grades PreK-2:
Kwabena Bangolame from Ephesus Academy
Teacher: Mrs. Stevenson

Grades 3-5:
Zaiderick Hayes from Avondale Elementary
Teacher: Ms. Miller

Grades 6-8:
Jerome Ranes from Ossie Ware Mitchell Middle
Teacher: Mrs. Fountain

Grades 9-12:
Cardarius Timmons from Huffman High
School Counselor: Mrs. Gloria Giles

Honorable Mention:
Alexis Armer from P.D. Jackson Olin High School

EPHESUS ACADEMY is expanding!!

Ephesus Academy is expanding and we need the help of our esteemed alumni and friends.  We will have more information to share with you very soon but for now, we would like to update our database so we can communicate with you effectively and efficiently.  Please send us the following information as soon as possible:

Phone number
Email address
Year(s) you attended the school

You can email us at or send a Direct Message to our Facebook Page (Ephesus SDA Academy Alumni and Friends) to the attention of Mrs. Wilma Pride.

We have big things in store for the school of your youth and we need you to be a part of it.  Please keep us in prayer.

Study Finds Adventist School Students’ Performance Higher Than National Norm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Adventist Education, the educational division of the North American Seventh-day Adventist Church, recently released a report showing that, according to standardized achievement and ability tests, students enrolled in Adventist schools in the U.S. and Bermuda score on average a full half a grade level higher than the national average and half a grade higher than their predicted ability.
The report is part of an ongoing four-year study, CognitiveGenesis, which is studying 30,000 students yearly, grades 3–9 and 11, enrolled in Adventist schools in North America. The study is being conducted at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., and is currently in its third year. Researchers are compiling the results of standardized tests as well as answers to survey questions on lifestyle and other factors related to academic achievement.
“Our purpose is not to defend the educational system as it is, but to find out how well we are doing and what we can do to improve the educational experience of our children,” said Dr. Elissa Kido, study project director.
The study has also found that the longer a student studies in an Adventist school, the more average achievement increases.

Adventist Education

Founded in 1872, Adventist Education is the second largest denominational educational system in the world, second only to Catholic schools. Adventist Education curriculum was developed to teach students not only to excel academically, but to develop healthy bodies and thriving spiritual lives. In Bermuda, Canada, and the U.S., 4,700 teachers instruct over 55,000 students in nearly 1,000 Adventist K–12 schools and 15 colleges and universities.

About Seventh-day Adventists

The Seventh-day Adventist church grew in the mid 1840s during the Second Great Awakening, a time of religious revival in the United States. Its first members came from the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist congregations, but over the following decades the denomination has grown into a worldwide church with millions of members.
The church focuses on healthcare, education, and human service activities. There is at least one Adventist healthcare center in many major metropolitan areas in North America, including Florida Hospital, regarded the busiest hospital system in the U.S. Adventists are also active providing schools and hospitals where they are needed around the world.
Today the worldwide Adventist church has over 15 million members in more than 200 countries. Adventists operate 7200+ schools worldwide with nearly 1.5 million students. They also run 168 hospitals worldwide, 138 nursing homes and retirement centers, 442 clinics and dispensaries, and 34 orphanages and children's homes. In addition, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, a disaster relief organization, funds over 2,400 projects in 112 countries.