We are in love with our school!  As our son was approaching his kindergarten year, we thought and prayed, long and hard, over the decision to send him to a private school vs. public.  Once I entered the building I knew this was the place for us.  The small class size allows him individual care and attention.  We are amazed at his development and all he has accomplished in such a short time.  Our kindergarten teacher is amazing.  We have a relationship with her because of her love and communication.  We are completely aware of what’s happening weekly in the classroom and are encouraged to participate as much as possible.  GCA is truly a family environment where we feel right at home.  Our family could not have made a more positive decision for our son.  When our daughter is old enough, she’ll be joining our son at GCA!

Heather Fowler
January 23, 2011

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Religous Exemption Certificate

In July of 1993, the law requiring all childcare centers to be regulated by the Virginia Department of Social Services went into effect. Prior to that time, religiously sponsored centers operated with their own guidelines in place.

At that time, Va.D.S.S. implemented a set of guidelines by which all church sponsored preschools and childcare centers would be held accountable. These included the following:

  • Health and Fire Inspections
  • Staff Health reports
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Student / Teacher ratio requirements
  • Continuing education requirements
  • Educational requirements for program directors
  • Building requirements (square footage, number of bathrooms, etc…)


These documents are presented and reviewed every year. Church sponsored centers have the option of applying for a License or a Religious Exemption certificate. Guardian Christian Academy has chosen to apply for the certificate. This insures that we can continue to provide our faith - based programming.


As our operation is found to be in compliance with the Social Services guidelines, the Religious Exemption certificate is renewed for the coming school year. You will find the letter of approval posted right outside the Early Childhood office.