Through educating the whole child—mind, body, and spirit—Springs Adventist Academy trains students to become problem solvers, independent thinkers, and reflectors of Christ’s character. Excellent academics, experiential learning, and a strong spiritual foundation equip students to meet the challenges of our ever-changing world.


At Springs Adventist Academy, we value children as individuals. Each child is unique, so we don’t expect that they will learn the same way as others. Within our unique multigrade setting and small classes, students develop at a pace that is best for them. Differentiated instruction, project-based learning, and experiences outside the classroom ensure that each student receives an optimal learning experience.

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We understand that true education strives to restore each student to the image of our Creator, especially as revealed by the life of Jesus Christ. Students are challenged to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and social-emotionally. Character education has been a theme of Adventist education since its inception and our small-school model has proven to be an advantage for our families.

Small schools provide advantages that might be missed at first glance. Springs Adventist Academy’s small-school format affords more leadership opportunities, better parent-teacher-student communication, a higher level of student accountability, greater student resilience, and more positive self-esteem than many larger schools. Additionally, our multi-grade classrooms build stronger student-teacher relationships and allow for a greater flexibility in learning outcomes than traditional single-grade classrooms.

Tangible results from The Cognitive Genesis Study:

  1. Students in all grades, in Adventist schools of all sizes, outperformed the national average in all subjects.

  2. Students in Adventist schools had higher-than-expected academic achievement based on an assessment of individual ability.

  3. Students who transferred to Adventist schools saw a significant improvement in their test scores. Also, the longer students stayed in the Adventist school system, the more they gained in achievement and ability.

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Principal's Welcome

Thank you for choosing Springs Adventist Academy.  We offer an exceptional program where students, families, and staff all work together as a team to help your child be successful. 


I recognize that there are many options in Colorado Springs and I would love to sit down and have a conversation with you about why Springs Adventist Academy could be the best choice for your family. 


Our school will work with you to ensure your child is enriched spiritually, mentally, and physically, for now and the future.  

Michelle Velbis, Principal

Meet Our Team

My mission is to passionately coach students, parents, and staff to educate, engage, and empower for now and eternity, and to ensure that our students are nourished into a personal relationship with their loving Savior. My goal for Springs Adventist Academy is to be a beacon of light, lifting up Jesus Christ in daily, tangible ways to the community, church, school, and families.

Michelle Velbis

Principal & Middle School

When I was offered a job at the Academy, I felt God was calling me back to a life of teaching in the classroom. I believe for every style of teaching, there is a different and complex style of learning. It is my goal to have every student this year find and identify their own style, while learning how to collaborate, cooperate, and encourage one another.

Abigail Hernandez


I am excited about the opportunity to teach K-1 at Springs Adventist Academy. I love to teach and I find great enjoyment that God has richly blessed my career and has chosen me to touch and influence our young people. 

Jessica Parris


I love reading and welcome your suggestions on topics that would help your child benefit from reading and books too.

Linda Vixie