TKA History

First Principal of TKA

Committed to Strong Academics & Biblical Principles

In August 1990, six families with seventh-grade girls hired a teacher to help provide the type of education they felt would best honor God. They did not want to have to choose between a school with an excellent academic record and one that nurtured a Christ-like attitude. The families were convinced that God was leading them to pioneer an educational setting that would aspire to both and encapsulate all they envisioned.

At the same time, Jack McBirney, principal and founder of San Francisco Christian School, and his wife, Allegra, felt the call of the Lord to begin another Christian school in the South Peninsula.

Founded in 1991

Through the hand of God, their visions were linked and together they created a school specifically designed to meet the needs of their adolescent children - a school marked by quality academics and a strong commitment to biblical principles. The King's Academy was founded in 1991 by a group of parents and Jack McBirney, our first principal. 

These founders wanted to create an independent school in the Bay Area where families could feel confident that their children would not only be well educated, but also well loved and supported.

Named to Honor The King, Jesus Christ

The independent school opened its doors with 29 students (grades 7, 8, 9) , three teachers, a secretary, and a principal while renting space from Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos. Because academy implied strong learning and to signify that the school belongs to The King, Jesus Christ, the school was named “The King’s Academy.”

TKA's First Teachers and Students at First Site
Union Presbyterian Church - Los Altos

Moved to Former Sunnyvale High School Campus

The next year the school grew to 100 students and filled the facility to capacity. The Lord miraculously provided a site that was beyond the dreams of even the starriest-eyed supporters of TKA: the old Sunnyvale High School campus.  The old Sunnyvale High School campus was occupied by Westinghouse and a church. When the church left, The King’s Academy moved in to part of the site. A barbed wire barrier separated the area that was TKA from Westinghouse. The students and staff started calling the area beyond the barbed wire “The Promised Land.”

Enrolled 950 Students

Over the last 29 years, The King’s Academy has grown to 950 students in grades 6-12, reflecting the cultural and economic diversity of the Bay Area. The overarching purpose of The King's Academy has not changed: to transform lives through Christ-centered education. Additionally, TKA has retained the warm, family atmosphere and small class size where students receive personal attention. Although a relatively young school, we are thankful for the excellence we have achieved and for which we continue to strive. The King’s Academy accomplishes this through a challenging college preparatory program, a spiritual life program that fosters a mentor relationship between teacher and student, a well-known visual and performing arts department, and competitive athletic teams with a myriad of league and division titles. The King’s Academy is fully accredited by ACSI and WASC. 

Distinguished by Relational Ministry

The distinguishing feature of The King's Academy is, and always has been, its commitment to a different standard. The King's Academy is striving to achieve something in the area of character development with its students by providing opportunity for relationships with mature Christian men and women. The expectation is that teachers and staff will seek out students, both inside and outside the classroom, and that students will see Jesus in the lives of those around them. This relational ministry will attract kids to Christ.

Transformed Through Christ-Centered Education

The overarching purpose and goal of The King's Academy is "to transform lives through Christ-centered education." This concept still fuels all that occurs at The King's Academy. All those employed or involved in leadership believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom this school is dedicated, would expect nothing less than the full energy of all involved working towards the common goal.

We live fully expecting that miraculous things will occur in the lives of students as they invest their time here at The King's Academy.