The mission of Christopher Academy is to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a stimulating environment that fosters a love of learning.
At Christopher Academy, the teaching philosophy is guided by several beliefs. These beliefs direct our goals, our actions, and our programs. We believe:
Students are eager to experience the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes of the world surrounding them. Physical, social, intellectual and academic growth is stimulated by an environment rich in a variety of people, materials and experiences. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum gives students many opportunities to interact with others, explore real life materials, solve problems and express themselves creatively.
Students thrive in a caring, nurturing and safe learning environment. They feel safe to take risks as they strive to acquire new skills and build on previous experiences. As students meet with success, they can accept new learning challenges. Confident learners know with practice and assistance they will succeed.
Students become independent thinkers and workers as they acquire a strong foundation in both academic and life skills. Teachers are challenged to identify the unique strengths, interests, talents and needs of each student and to provide an environment in which every child may progress and flourish.
Students know they are valued. A positive learning environment supports development of good character and positive self-esteem. Students learn to value community and good citizenship as they share their learning experience with students and teachers of diverse backgrounds. Students are supported instructionally and emotionally while being challenged to achieve their fullest potential.
Students will strive to meet high expectations. We encourage them to do their best cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally. They respond by putting forth the energy and effort needed to succeed.
Students love to learn. Christopher Academy strives to constantly provide a developmentally appropriate environment for every child that will foster this desire to learn for a lifetime.
Location: 3300 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703
Christopher Academy is located in the St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church with additional classrooms located next door at Centenary United Methodist Church.
Phone/Fax: 757-484-6776 Office; 757-484-6774 Fax
Grades: Preschool – 5th Grade
Accreditation: Christopher Academy is a nonsectarian, independent school accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).
School Colors: Crimson & Gold
School Mascot: Mouse & Lion (Chris)
School Motto: Christopher Academy...fosters a love of learning.