About Shining Cross Academy

Shining Cross Academy in Cardiff by the Sea, California, is the only Orthodox Christian preschool in San Diego County. Through our innovative play-based approach to learning and our focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), we are building tomorrows leaders. Our students are empowered to make a difference and care about others. 

Small classes are led by exceptional faculty who provide a foundation of rich academics and a personalized approach to instruction. 


"This was our son's first preschool experience and he loved it! The teachers were very helpful in easing him into the classroom and provided a very supportive learning environment. I think the school provides an excellent program for our little ones."

~Dr. Jay.W

"We are so excited to send our daughter to Saints Constantine and Helen Academy Preschool. Father Michael himself even takes time to come and teach the kids through music.  This pre-school goes above and beyond. Teacher/classroom ratio is excellent. Tuition is very reasonable. The teachers are well-certified, loving, structured, patient, and passionate about educating our kids. What more could we ask for? Proud to be part of what they're doing and highly recommend this school!"

~Caitlyn S.

"I recommend Academy preschool for anyone who is looking for a great environment for their child. The families that go here are amazing as well, and the effort from each family makes a great community.  The children went on fun local field trips from visiting the lagoon to the botanical gardens and local nurseries. The children have fun with each other, and are challenged according to their own pace, which I appreciate."

~Kim M.