Our Beginning

St. Stephens Christian Academy was established in 2004 when Pastor William A. Gray III asked Mrs. Lucille Jennings, a former school principal, to help implement a Christian based early education school. Pastor Gray wanted a school that would help reduce academic failure in students. Mrs. Jennings studied many programs resulting in a curriculum respected by parents and educators for its ability to produce successful students. Mrs. Jennings agreed to serve gratis as the administrator. When the academy first opened, our kindergarten enrollment was 6. As the years have progressed the enrollment has increased resulting in the additions of 3 additional grades. We now serve Pre-K2+ through the the third grade.


Mission statement

The Mission of St. Stephens Christian Academy and Creative Learning Center is to educate children to have a solid foundation, which will allow them to strive higher while reinforcing Christian Principles.

We provide a structured environment by adhering to and surpassing State fundamental standards and then challenging each child to reach their greatest potential. This is accomplished through the combination of having dedicated teachers, a rigorous curriculum, and limited class sizes.

Our teachers are committed to providing each child with a positive solid foundation that ensures academic excellence.

Both schools (Christian Learning Center and Christian Academy) are being led by the director, Mrs. Ethel Wilkes. She has been in a school leadership position for over 20 years. She has been an owner of a child care business, a director of another Christian Child Learning Center and a director of two head-start programs, in Annapolis Maryland. 

Mrs Wilkes  holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction. But her true passion is developing children to their full potential. She looks forward to working with your child, and motivating them to be the best they can be.







Caring Environment

We believe that a warm and caring environment is essential for all children. Our focus is on the education of the whole child.

Enhance Growth

Our mission is to enhance the growth of young children in social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive development.

creative programs

This is established by using developmentally appropriate programs with a challenging curriculum and activities