In the fall of 1964, the former Gardena Seventh-day Adventist School moved to West Torrance and became South Bay Junior Academy offering grades 1-10. The campus is located near Redondo Beach in a suburban area 25 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. At the time of the school opening, a horse farm was located next door to the east, and down the street was located a drive-through dairy. The neighborhood has changed over the years: homes have been built on the horse farm property, the West End Tennis Club along with condominiums were constructed on the empty field behind the school, and a public storage facility was added next door. In 1980 a kindergarten was introduced into the school program, and in 1986 Discoveryland Child Care Center was added to the property to serve the community, add visibility to the school, increase kindergarten enrollment, and to provide additional income from facility rental fees. One year after Discoveryland began operation, representatives from Little Company of Mary Hospital requested that the facility be enlarged to accommodate the children of their employees. A contract was created with the hospital, and the child care center increased from one classroom to three classrooms. In the next ten years, a building was constructed on the Del Amo side of the campus to accommodate three classrooms of 18 children each. Currently, Discoveryland, our preschool offers child care for children aged two months through five years, and has a capacity for 96 children.
South Bay Junior Academy is governed locally by a Board of Directors comprised of the constituent church pastors and one school board member
per 50 church members. These at-large members are appointed by their churches. The board meets four times during the school year, and the school conducts a constituency meeting each June. The operation of the school is governed by the policies of the Southern California Conference, the Pacific Union Conference K-12 program, the North American Division Office of Education, and the Education Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.