Parent Testimonials

Our school has been open for 6 years, and below are some parent testimonials. Before being renamed Shining Cross Academy in 2018, the school was called Academy Preschool. The statements below are also found on Yelp.

Heather H. via Yelp - August 13, 2018

My daughter attended here from February to June 2018. This was her first preschool experience and it was an AMAZING one! This is an incredibly loving environment. The school felt like an extension of our family. The director of the school greeted us every day and my daughter's teacher always ended the day with a great big hug! The classrooms are beautiful, bright and clean. The staff went above and beyond in their interactions with both the students and the parents. Muffins with Mom and Dads and Donuts were some of the extra special experiences that my daughter will remember forever. High quality preschool in an intimate setting is what makes this Academy a hidden gem in Encinitas! We feel blessed to have been part of this school!

Dr. Jay W., Encinitas - June 18, 2017

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

Maranee S., La Costa - June 11, 2017

This was my daughters second preschool and she loved it the first time we came to check out the school. The Montessori learning style was great because she could work at her own pace and choose activities that fit her mood and personality on a daily basis. The teachers are all very kind and interactive with the children. The garden and outdoor swings were one of my daughters favorite things outside the classroom setting. Overall a wonderful place for your child to grow.

Kim M., Carlsbad - June 15, 2017

We were so happy with our choice of preschool for our son who attended school here for two years, and the experience was amazing!  The teachers are so incredibly caring and sweet, the Montessori environment translates so easily to our home. My child is the youngest of four children, and is the most responsible for his own belongings in my house. This is a direct result of the methodology of Montessori. (Not to say my other kids aren't responsible, but he's 5, they have 4-8 years on him and still leave their shoes all over). 

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.  
I feel so blessed that we were recommended this preschool when we moved down to Carlsbad 3 years ago. It was a joy being part of this community.   We will miss our amazing teachers and aides very much.

Emily T. via Yelp - August 6, 2018

My son has benefited greatly from the Montessori approach of Academy Preschool.  His love of learning, preschool skills social development, independence, and knowledge all thrived in the nurturing environment.  I don't think more loving and caring teachers could be found anywhere!

John and Nicole G. - March 28, 2016

We wanted our daughter to attend Sts. Constantine and Helen's Academy Preschool regardless of the distance from Spring Valley, as we felt it important to arm her with our Christian beliefs. It has been a warm, loving, and stimulating experience emotionally, spiritually, and academically.

Emily M., Encinitas - January 1, 2017

Our 3 year old daughter has been attending since August 2016 and we have been extremely happy with the program. The director, Megan, is warm, patient, educated and provides great direction for the program. The teacher/student ratio is fantastic. Everyone that we’ve had contact with regarding the school has been kind and loving. The environment is just what you would want for a young child. Our daughter has loved school! We highly recommend it!

Kasey T. - January 24, 2014

My 3 year old son attends Saints Helen and Constantine Academy preschool and I couldn't be more happy! The staff is nurturing and highly educated in child development. The great student to teacher ratio can't be beat!!! I recommend this school to all my friends and family!

Caitelen S. - October 28, 2013

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!

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Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

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