Christopher Academy (Portsmouth, VA)



  • Name:Mrs. Phyllis Shannon
  • Title:Head of School

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Christopher Academy
  • Address:3300 Cedar Lane
    Portsmouth, VA 23703
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:757-484-6776
  • Main fax:757-484-6774

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:757-869-9826

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Christopher Academy is to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a stimulating environment that fosters the love of learning. Dedicated teachers strive to honor our mission every day as they inspire young learners to become eager, confident learners. Since its inception, the School has offered a developmentally appropriate curriculum rich with materials and experiences. Each grade level looks forward to treasured traditions and events that enrich the learning experience. Students know that strong academic effort and excellent citizenship are valued at Christopher Academy.

  • History:
  • Christopher Academy has provided an affordable, high quality, experiential education for preschool and elementary students for 40 years. The School, named The St. Christopher School, was established in 1970 under the direction of Margaret Heely with the assistance of co-teacher Mariana Sumner. The first enrollment numbers were 15 Pre-K 4 and 18 Kindergarten students. In 1971, Dorothy Seward joined the faculty and by 1976 the School had grown to third grade. Mrs. Seward became the Director in 1978 and continued for 20 years. Phyllis Shannon became Head of School in August 1998 and continues to serve in this capacity.The School is a non-sectarian, independent entity, and a tenant to St. Christopher Episcopal Church. The name of the School was changed in August 2005 to Christopher Academy to more accurately reflect the independent status it has as a member of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Implementation of the strategic plan to expand the school began in September 2005 with the addition of a 4th grade class. In September 2006, a 5th grade class was added. Classroom space to accommodate the School's growth was leased within walking distance from Centenary United Methodist. The total enrollment in 2010-2011was 157 students. The school is committed to enrolling children of all backgrounds and ethnic traditions from the cities of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk, Virginia.

  • Year established:1970
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:23

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • R. Scott Morgan, Chair
    Charles Morrell, Vice-Chair
    Frank Hawkins, Treasurer
    Dianne Williams, Secretary
    E. Warriner Atkinson
    Shannon Chen
    Paul Fleming
    Tina Fricke
    Bob Ossman
    Fran Ossman
    P. Ward Robinett
    Wanda Russo
    Sharon Waters

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Phyllis Shannon, Head of School

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Carmen Campbell, Admissions Director
    Jill Atchley, Business and Technology Manager
    Lindy Riley, Marketing Director/3rd Grade Elementary Teacher
    Donna Keene, Preschool Teacher
    Leigh Ann Hartley, Lead PreK 4 Teacher
    Donna Davenport, PreK 4 Teacher
    Kathy Tarr, PreK4 Teacher
    Nancy Perkins, Kindergarten Teacher
    Annette Crandall, Kindergarten Teacher
    Mary Lou Wilson, Lead Language Arts/1st Grade Elementary Teacher
    Martha Diorio, 2nd Grade Elementar Teacher
    Miriam Terry, Lead 4th & 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher
    Kim Bikowski, 4th & 5th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
    Susan Shiembob, PE Teacher
    Julie Deans, Teaching Assistant
    Tammy Penland, K-cubs (afterschool Kindergarten),Teaching Assistant
    Pam Sexton, Teaching Assistant
    Adelina Vairo, Teaching Assistant
    Kathy Batkin, Librarian


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:54-0883367

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:540883367
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:3300 CEDAR LN
  • Organization City:PORTSMOUTH
  • Organization State:VA
  • Organization Zip:23703-4104
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1998
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):046
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Private school
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B24Z
  • Asset Amount:$1,089,530
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,020,388
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,001,314
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:55:09 am

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