Marriner Christian Academy (MCA) believes that every child enters the world with his/her own unique gifts and talents. Our goal is to strengthen the child’s social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual development. We achieve this by providing each child with the best opportunity to maximize his/her potential.

At MCA, we strive to provide children with a greater awareness of God through daily Bible stories, songs, and weekly Bible verses. Using the ABeka Curriculum, our staff is experienced in early childhood development and education. We understand how children learn and grow and we are committed to providing opportunities for them to enjoy learning in a positive and loving environment.

Marriner Christian Academy believes there is no greater investment in a better future than to influence the lives of children. Learning, or the interaction between the child’s thoughts and experiences with materials, ideas and people, should match children’s developing abilities, while also challenging their interest and understanding.

We are excited that later this year Marriner Christian Academy will be located in the NEW Dr. Melvin O. Marriner Family Life Center. This 23,000-square foot facility will provide a larger, brighter facility for us to care for your child. Features include:

  • State-of the-art classrooms, with the latest technology in Smart boards, computers and iPads
  • A library
  • Full gymnasium for tumbling and dance classes
  • A commercial kitchen
  • Multicultural programming (such as Spanish classes and sign language)
  • Nutrition classes for children and families
  • Excel parenting classes
  • A music and drama program
  • Passes for parents to use the internet café

An application must be completed for each student and an interview is conducted with the Executive Director, Runita James. If your child is between the ages of 2 and 5 years old, please call us for more information and to schedule an appointment.

5900 Churchland Boulevard
Portsmouth, Virginia 23703
Phone: 757.484.6440 — Fax: 757.967.9627
Dr. Melvin O. Marriner, Chief Administrator
Runita A. James, Executive Director




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5910 West Norfolk Rd.
Portsmouth, VA 23703