The school was started in 1956 by Doris Crozier Todd in her home as an outreach of East Maui Baptist Churches. In that initial year, there were only four students, all from Pa'ia and Kuau. After moving briefly to lower Pa'ia in the late 1950's, the school moved, in 1961, to its present location on Baldwin Avenue in Pa'ia. In 1965, the school's name was changed from the Pa'ia Baptist Nursery and Kindergarten, to its present name in memory of its founder, Doris Crozier Todd, who was suddenly called home to be with her Lord. A few years later, Dr. Edward Todd married Mabel Sharples. The Todds continued the committed work of the school's Founder and played an important role in the growth and expansion of the school. Currently, the school serves over 170 students from preschool through the 12th grade.


I have so many memories of Doris Todd Christian Academy, and I received an education that I am still grateful for. But what impacted my life more than anything else was having the privilege to witness the lives of the teachers that I interacted with every day, inside and outside of school. It was their influence on my life that showed me what it looked like to really love Jesus. Their example taught me to do the same, and the way they loved me each and every day made me want to be like them. They are the reason I loved my time at Doris Todd. 
- Matthew | DTCA Graduate Currently Attending Moody Bible College

Dear DTCA, It's week 7 of my 11 weeks teaching phase of Discipleship Training School with YWAM here in Kona, and I'm loving every minute of it. The Lord's presence in my life is so great and so real. I wanted to thank the DTCA community for being such a huge blessing in my life and an encouragement in my faith. It's because of what God did through teachers at the school and through the church that I am doing missons work today. I also thank you for being a blessing in my family's life as well. In about a month I will be going to Nepal for two months to share the love of Jesus with the people of that nation. God bless you all. Love,
- Kali | DTCA Graduate Currently On Staff With YWAM Maui

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for nurturing and loving our children. On Maui we have a choice of what schools to have our child attend. It is one of the most dreaded, complicated, and important decisions a parent can make. We feel that as parents it was the best decision we have ever made for our kids.
- Rhonda | Mother Of 2 Graduating DTCA Students

The Presence of God is here - on the campus, in the teachers. This world is so scary and I want my boys to be here. I want the day to day, not just Sunday. For a kid to be able to not have homework, skip a grade, easier rules, and still choose to be at this school instead, that doesn't make sense. It's the Power of God.
- Tiare | Mother of 3 Current DTCA Students

Thanks for all your time, care, and encouragement over the years at Doris Todd! It has helped to shape us into the people we are today with hearts for Jesus and serving others. I am so glad to hear you are still helping encourage the next generation of kids on Maui!
- Val | DTCA Graduate

Thank you for providing excellent Christian education for our island. God bless you all as you strive to equip our young people to know Christ more dearly and serve Him with all their hearts.
- Heidi | Parent Of DTCA Graduate

I like being at a school that talks about Jesus.
- Jonathan | DTCA Graduate Currently Attending University of Hawaii Maui College

I like working at my own pace and the friends I have here.
- Riley | Current Maui Christian Academy Student

I can think of no other job I would rather have than to share the hope I have in Jesus with my precious students and invest in their futures. I am so blessed to be a part of what God is doing at DTCA.
- Cindy Urbach | 1st Grade Teacher

I have the best job in the world as each year I discover & learn to know the new little personalities in my class! It’s a joy to see students grow & mature as they learn who God is & how much He loves them! We are setting the foundation in their young lives, not only in strong academics, but the Truths of God that will set their paths straight.
- Karen Fontanilla | 2nd Grade Teacher

Teaching is so much more than “getting information” into our students! It’s about finding out HOW they learn and then helping them to LOVE learning.
- Stephanie Anderson | 3rd Grade Teacher

Early in the morning, we meet together before the students arrive with an eternal perspective in mind. We start out the day praying for our students & reading His Word together, knowing God has given us the opportunity and responsibility to mentor each student. May He use us to help them to better know, serve, love, and worship Him.

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Remember when you were a student at Doris Todd Christian Academy? We love hearing from you and invite you to share some of your memories. Please also let us know if you have any pictures we can add to our photo gallery. If you have anything our faculty and staff can pray for, please email us at