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Encyclopedia > Moravian Academy

Moravian Academy, located in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the United States, is a prekindergarten through 12th grade coeducational college preparatory school. It predominantly serves students from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Location in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country State Counties Lehigh and Northampton Founded 1741 Government  - Mayor John B. Callahan Area  - City  19. ... Pre-kindergarten (also called Pre-K) refers to the first formal academic classroom-based learning environment that a child customarily attends in the United States. ... (Redirected from 12th grade) A high school senior is a student in the final year of education in the United States and other countries; generally 12 years after kindergarten or 17-18 years of age. ... For other uses, see Lehigh Valley (disambiguation). ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Largest metro area Delaware Valley Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ...

Moravian Academy traces its origins to the Moravians, who settled Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1741. The Academy descends from the first school for girls founded in the American colonies, Moravian Seminary, founded in 1742 by Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf. It is the ninth oldest independent school in the United States. In 1971, Moravian Seminary for Girls and Moravian Preparatory School merged, creating Moravian as it is today. It was formerly a boarding school, but is now for day students only. A Moravian is a Protestant belonging to a religious movement that originated in Moravia, Czech Republic. ...

While it has a strong religious background, Moravian Academy is now considered to be somewhat secular, with only non-denominational weekly chapel services for students.

Moravian is made up of three divisions: The Upper, Middle and Lower Schools. The Upper School is located on Green Pond Campus, and the Lower and Middle Schools are located in downtown Bethlehem. The Middle School is based in the Devey Building, dedicated to Mr. Devey, a former headmaster, and the 7 East building.

The Lower School comprises Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, the Middle School comprises 6th through 8th, and the Upper School contains grades 9 through 12.


Notable events

1993 botched robbery

In 1993 a man fled a local bank after a botched robbery attempt and ran into the main middle school building. Police quickly evacuated the students to a school owned gymnasium and surrounded the building. The man was found hiding in the boiler room and was apprehended without incident.

Scholastic Scrimmage

In 2006, Moravian Academy took second place in Pennsylvania's Scholastic Scrimmage, losing to Allentown Central Catholic High School in the finals. Scholastic Scrimmage is a high school quiz bowl game show airing on WLVT-TV and WPSU-TV (formerly WPSX-TV), and is hosted by Karen Walton and David Price respectively. ... Allentown Central Catholic High School is a parochial school located at 301 North Fourth Street in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ...

Moravian Junior in 2007 "Teen Jeopardy" Final

Ben Schenkel, Class of 2008 was the runner-up in the 2007 Teen Tournament on the television game show "Jeopardy." The two game final aired on Thursday and Friday, February 15-16, 2007. His total take-home winnings were $42,800.

External links

  • Moravian Academy Official Web Site.
  • Moravian Academy athletics schedule and scores at HighSchoolSports.net.
    • Google Map displaying location of Moravian Academy's Upper School Campus



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