Monterey Bay Academyest. 1949

  • Where is MBA located?

    MBA is located on 379 coastal acres about 15 miles south of Santa Cruz, California, in a small community called La Selva Beach. Our campus includes a private beach on central California’s beautiful Monterey Bay, which is also a national marine preserve. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • What kind of school is MBA?

    MBA is a co-educational (that means we have male and female students), Christian high school for boarding and day students. Our academic program is college preparatory and 100% of our seniors are accepted into various 4-year colleges each year. We are owned and operated by the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. We are part of a global network of Seventh-day Adventist schools, which includes more than 5,000 educational facilities. You can find out more about the Seventh-day Adventist Church at
  • Is MBA an accredited school?

  • What kind of elective classes does MBA offer?

    MBA offers a wide variety of elective classes from Marine Biology to Woodworking to Fine Art. We currently offer three Advanced Placement classes: AP U.S. History, AP Biology and AP English Literature, and we will be adding more AP classes in the coming years. All of our classes are college preparatory and our academic offerings are based on the entrance requirements set forth by the University of California.
  • What kinds of things are there to do at MBA?

    Students at MBA get involved in all sorts of activities. Most of our students are involved with the music and sports programs. Some students enjoy surfing or boogie boarding on our beach, while others enjoy other sports like soccer, basketball, tennis or skateboarding. Many of our students are also involved with student government or community service projects. Students at MBA tend to be very active and talented, so there is no shortage of athletes, musicians, artists and leaders on campus.
  • I’ve heard the cafeteria is all vegetarian. Is that true?

    Our café is 100% vegetarian, but the food served will be recognizable to anyone. It’s not strange; it’s actually very fresh and tasty!
  • What’s the closest airport to MBA?

    The closest international airport is in San Jose, California (Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport - SJC). It’s about a 45 minute drive from MBA. San Francisco International Airport - SFO takes about a 1 hour and 20 minute drive.
  • What kind of sports does MBA offer?

    We offer a year-long varsity program in flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field and softball for both men and women. We also have an active intramural program in the evenings and many of our students enjoy sports like surfing, body boarding, skim boarding, skateboarding, tennis, jogging and bike riding.
  • What’s dorm life like?

    Students who live in the dorm have a very full life at MBA. Almost every student in the dorm has a roommate and each dorm has two full-time deans as well as a taskforce dean to help supervise. Most students who live in the dorm consider dorm life their favorite part of being at MBA.
  • What can I bring to the dorm?

    Dorm rooms come equipped with a bed, sink and mirror, closest space and a chest of drawers. Students can bring a stereo (as long as they keep the volume down), a computer, a small refrigerator and snacks. Students are not allowed to bring a television, microwave oven, space heater, candles or incense, or anything else that might be a fire hazard.
  • Can I have a pet in the dorm?

    Th e only kind of pet allowed in the dorm is freshwater fish.
  • What’s a typical day in the dorm like?

    Students typically get up for breakfast, which runs from 6:30 to 7:30am and then either go to work or class. Lunch runs from Noon to 1:25pm, and then students are back to class or work, depending on their schedule. Supper starts at 5pm and goes until 6pm. Varsity teams practice until 6:30pm and then the gym, ballfields (and sometimes the pool) are open until 7:40pm for open recreation. There’s a short worship in the dorms each evening at 8pm, then two hours of study hall (when the dorm is supposed to be quiet) and lights go out at 10:30pm.