Shining Cross Academy was opened under the name Saints Constantine and Helen Academy Preschool in September 2013.  The school was the only licensed Orthodox Christian preschool in San Diego County and has evolved over the years.


When Father Michael Sitaras came to San Diego to become Pastor at the church, he came with a vision to build a Christian school.  He is so passionate about education and growing the school, that he drew the logo. 


It did not take long before a committee was formed.  Under the guidance of Father Michael , we have created a light and cheery space filled with educational opportunities where children can learn and grow in a Christian atmosphere.  

While we still maintain our original founding values of loving others, thanksgiving and being of service, we now focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) in both our preschool and kindergarten program.

Father Michael Sitaras


Saints Constantine and Helen Church