About Us


Our History

In 1923, eight constituent churches comprised of Alameda SDA, Oakland Central, Market St., Berkeley, Fruitvale, Laguna St., Richmond, and Tabernacle SDA came together to select GGA's location on Alcatraz and King St. in Berkeley and work towards the establishment of the school. It began with 56 academy students and four rooms of elementary students, led by Principal A.C. Nelson. In 1945, the school board voted to sell the old school and began construction on our current fifteen-acre site in 1948. GGA educated a great many students before its doors were closed in 2007. Golden Gate Academy (GGA) has a long history of building character, inspiring service and pursuing excellence in young people.

Since its closing, the gap between high school graduates and college readiness has declined, but the gap between college/ post-college graduates and workforce readiness has increased significantly. Traditional education as we know it is failing. There is an ever-present need to repurpose education in its entirety and Adventist education if done properly is best suited to fulfill that need.

A Rich Tradition

Golden Gate Academy has many traditions that ground the collective campus experience. Whether learning to fix cars in our mechanics shop, studying under the tutelage of gifted teachers, competing with other schools on the basketball court, or enjoying worship in chapel, GGA has a rich tradition of building strong, lasting relationships. It is a place where music was treasured, and groups like the GGA choir and the Goldenaires thrived. Generations of students at GGA were blessed by the tradition of friends that become family; all in a place where love for God is the center of campus life.


Meet the Team

Our belief in Adventist education is twofold, concerning purpose and function. The purpose of Adventist education is the story of redemption as told through the core values of Adventism. The function of Adventist education is to provide an opportunity for spiritual maturity through action. Our objective is to operate a top-tier K-12 Innovation Academy focused on developing character and competency. We aim to be leaders in this redefined space.

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Cliff Wright Jr


Cliff Wright, Jr. is a Leader, Non-Traditional Educator, Mentor, and Public Speaker. He is devoting his life to growing and empowering young leaders for Christ. Mr. Wright successfully completed his Fellowship with the New York City Leadership Academy.

Additionally, Mr. Wright is a nationally certified, Olweus Anti-Bullying Trainer through Clemson University, a certified level one mediator through La Sierra, University, and a former President of the Adventist Student Personnel Association (ASPA).Mr. Wright has over 17 years’ experience in youth development, 20 years in "Facilitated Mentorship" and over 13 years in education. Mr. Wright has devoted his entire educational career to Adventist Education. He has served at all different levels from elementary, secondary, higher learning, conference administration and consulting. Clemson University, a certified level one Mediator through La Sierra, University, and a former President of the Adventist Student Personnel Association (ASPA).


Miguel Nava - Board Chair

Jeremy Taylor - Treasurer

Shaunna Foster - Secretary

John Boyd
Shelvina Knight
Barbara Allen
Craig Richardson
Marco del Cid
Moses Mayne

Pastors on Committee
Rudolph Peters
Edwin F. Brown
Kietrich Germany
Trevor Barnes
Melvyn Warfield

Conference Officials on Committee
Elder Willie Johnson
William Keresoma