Benton Academy was founded to afford the citizens of the Benton area an opportunity to enroll their children in a private school offering a superior learning environment. The Academy was founded in December of 1969.
Families enrolled approximately 460 students in the Academy elementary and high school in 1970, with the classes being held in local churches. The first board President was DeWitt Dixon who served in this capacity until 1987.
The existing campus of 20 acres was obtained from Mr. James Dixon and the high school was completed in 1970. In 1971, the existing elementary school building was added.
Within the next five years, the gymnasium, cafeteria, and eating areas were added.