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Hampton Roads Academy
School Name:
Hampton Roads Academy
Street Address:
739 Academy Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
Head of School:
Mr. Peter W. Mertz
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Grade Levels:
Enrollment Size:
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Admissions Contact:
Mrs. Rebecca Bresee
Admissions Email:
6/29/2017 11:11:00 AM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

Hampton Roads Academy is an independent college preparatory school for boys and girls in grades Prekindergarten through 12. HRA was founded more than 50 years ago with an enrollment of 60 students. Today HRA enrolls more than 640 students on the 50-acre suburban campus in Newport News, Virginia.

While known for its academic rigor, Hampton Roads Academy embraces the whole child philosophy. Character and integrity are more than mere abstractions. There are no locks on student lockers. When class work is done, close to nine out of 10 students are involved in sports and extracurricular activities.

School Mission

Hampton Roads Academy prepares students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12 intellectually, artistically, physically and morally for higher education and for life within an inclusive community of service, compassion and excellence.

School Fast Facts:
  • HRA’s student/teacher ratio is 10-to-1.
  • 100 percent of HRA students are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.
  • HRA offers more than 50 student-initiated and student-led clubs and activities providing numerous opportunities for students to assume leadership roles both at school and in the community.
  • 19 AP courses are regularly offered at HRA. On average, 95 percent of HRA students will graduate with at least one AP class.
  • The average class size is 14 in Lower and Middle Schools, and 16 in Upper School.
  • HRA provides bus service to Williamsburg, Gloucester, Yorktown, Smithfield and Suffolk. 
  • HRA athletes compete on 44 teams in 22 sports.
  • A member of the TCIS Conference, HRA teams have won 8 conference titles and 5 state titles in the last six years.
  • "Best of the 757" winner 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 by Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • "Top Schools" in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine

  • Join us for Walk-In Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - noon to learn more and tour HRA.
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