Denbigh Christian Academy
Denbigh Christian Academy
1233 Shields Rd., Newport News, VA 23608
Preschool: 757-874-4851, School: 757-874-8661
Enriching the mind, spirit, and character
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Who is DCA?
In the fall of 1977, Denbigh Christian Academy was started with a total of twelve children in a kindergarten/day care combination class taught by Mrs. Carol Craft, our first teacher. Pastor Bob Collins of the Denbigh Church of God became the Administrator, and Mrs. Dorothy Collins, his wife, took the position of Director for both the school and the day care. From the beginning, our vision as DCA has been to offer Christ-centered class instruction and day care to our community.
The very next year, a four-year kindergarten class was added, and a year later a second 4-K class. Both the school and the day care continued to grow, and soon it became evident that a school building separate from the Day Care facility was needed.
In 1985, Denbigh Christian Academy, as we know it today, was constructed. Mr. Harold Stevens was hired as Principal and, within two years, the Academy had out-grown its new facility! The building was expanded in 1987 to accommodate this growth, and in January, 1988, Mr. Norman Rush, Jr., became the DCA Principal. Mrs. Collins remained the Director of the Day Care.
In June, 1998, Mr. Joel Meitz was hired as the Academy’s Assistant Principal, and in the fall of 2003, the Academy began the labor-intensive process of becoming certified with ACSI. Dr. Cecelia Short then became our Principal of Accreditation.
In August, 2005, Pastor Collins stepped down from his post as Administrator, and Mr. Rush stepped up into that position. At the same time, Mr. Meitz became the Academy’s Principal of Discipline and Student Affairs.
On July 1, 2009 Dr. Short became DCA's Principal of Academic Affairs and Mr. Meitz became our Principal of Student Affairs.
In 2012, Mr. Rush transitioned to the role of Administrative Pastor at the World Outreach Worship Center (formally The Denbigh Church of God), while still remaining the DCA Administrator. However DCA's day-to-day administration duties were assumed by Dr. Short.
Currently, Denbigh Christian Academy offers superior class instruction in 4-K through eighth grade and contiues to serve our community in the best way possible—by enabling children to learn about God, His Word, His love, and His saving grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Denbigh Christian Academy, in community with home and church, seeks to create a safe and authentic Christian learning environment to train students to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ and to equip them to achieve an excellent academic education based on the infallible Word of God, so that as students of strong character and integrity, they will impact their community and world fulfilling the “Great Commission” as Royal Knights for Christ.
Core Values: Our Commitment to God and Community:
1. To value and seek God’s presence in each classroom.
2. To teach God’s Word as the standard of truth.
3. To value all people and the ethnic diversity of our student population.
4. To provide excellent Christian teachers.
5. To inspire a passion for learning.
6. To educate within an engaging learning environment.
7. To pursue excellence in academic standards.
8. To teach Christ-like character.
9. To integrate faith and learning by shaping a biblical worldview within our school community.
10. To challenge the students to fulfill God’s plan for their lives and instill a passion in them to carry out the Great Commission
Denbigh Christian Academy is Fully Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and a state recognized accredited private school in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the Virginia Council for Private Education.
The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is an international organization designed to assist Christian schools and educators with resources and professional development opportunities. ACSI oversees accreditation of Christian Schools internationally. Certification through ACSI requires completion of biblical studies, philosophy of Christian School education, and professional studies to meet or exceed state licensure standards.
The Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) oversees accreditation of nonpublic pre-school, elementary, and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. VCPE facilitates a statewide framework for communication and cooperation among local governments, and other agencies and organizations.