Our School

Vision and Mission

With staff, family, and community working together, all students will develop to a high level of achievement in order to become well adjusted, happy and productive citizens with a knowledge and respect for God and man.

Philosophy of Education

Our philosophy of Education is the belief that we can help children live for God, respect mankind, and to develop a biblical worldview by which to order their lives. We believe that all children can achieve spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally to become productive citizens when they apply themselves, are exposed to great resources, outstanding teachers to nurture them and parents who become involved in the education of their children. We believe that the community in which children live is a rich resource, filled with opportunities to facilitate goal achievement.

Statement of Faith

  • We Believe That All Scripture Is Inspired by God Who Is Our Kingdom Leader. 2 Tim. 3:16
  • There Is One God Who Reveals Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Entry into the Kingdom of God Requires the New Birth Experience by Water and Spirit.
  • Our Curriculum for Christian Living Is the Word of God. Matt. 4:4
  • We Are Accountable to Live Righteously in This Present World. To Love God and Our Neighbors as Ourselves.
  • Blessings Are Obtained When We Live out Christ’s Expectations for Our Lives.  Matt. 8:14-17
  • If We Live for Christ in This Present World, He Will Return for Us When He Raptures His Church. 1 Cor. 15:52

Mt. Calvary Academy has served Daytona Beach and surrounding areas for 31 years offering Pre-K 3 to 8th grade.

We are governed by a board of dedicated men and women whose desire is to see MCA succeed.

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Meet the Founder

Mt. Calvary Academy was launched in November of 1989 by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the vision of Dr. Diana Potter. As a former Banker and school Speech Pathologist, Dr. Diana was well equipped to organize MCA.  Dr. Potter received a B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburg in Communication, a M.Ed. degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Speech Pathology and a doctorate from AUGT in Christian Education and Counseling.

Mt. Calvary Academy began with (two) Pre-K students, then added a grade a year to offer outstanding education to students in Pre-K-6th grade. Under her leadership Mt. Calvary has sustained, grown and proven to be a school of excellence for 28 years. The school currently employs 15 people.

Dr. Diana is the wife of Will Potter D.Div., M.D who is senior pastor of Mt. Calvary Assembly and an Internal medicine physician. They are the parents to three outstanding adult children, their spouses, and four beautiful grandchildren.

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Meet the Principal

Jessica James is a veteran educator and Human Resources Professional.  Mrs. James endeavors to continue the legacy of Mt. Calvary Academy while moving strategically towards the future. She is motivated by a passion to see the potential of our community's youth developed and nurtured. She is a graduate of Bethune–Cookman University and the University of Phoenix. She has also studied education at the University of Central Florida. She holds a Master's of Management degree.

School Facts

First in Volusia County to serve primarily inner city students at the elementary level with African-American church sponsorship

Strong Academic Program in a Christian environment

Qualified, experienced staff with Bachelor degrees or above

Student assessment program

Before and Afterschool


Educational Field Trips

Educational Presentations such as career day

Nutritional food program

School-wide performances for parents and community

Dance, Drama and chorus, physical education and educational enrichment

3/4 acre playground with basketball court

Safe environment

Orientation and open house

Field day

Technologically enriched school