Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:
Norfolk Academy prepares young men and women for lives of integrity, learning, service, and consequence.
Norfolk Academy is a college preparatory co-educational day school that strives to assist its students to develop maturity of body, mind, and character. We hope to engender an awareness and appreciation of intellectual, aesthetic, and moral excellence in a setting that offers well-developed programs, not only in the academic disciplines, but also in fine arts and athletics. We aim to prepare students to become useful and responsible citizens of a democracy. We strive to make them aware of their roles in creating a just society. We are committed to the spiritual and ethical values of the Judeo-Christian heritage and envision that these will become a part of the being of each member of the Norfolk Academy community.
Norfolk Academy seeks to offer a coordinated program for students, building and expanding on knowledge and experience from grades one through twelve, encouraging responsible participation in a variety of school activities, providing opportunities for leadership training, and facilitating interaction with the community beyond the school. We are committed to the principle of academic freedom. We trust that students and faculty will be stimulated to continue to teach, learn and explore, to think practically and creatively, and to move toward understanding and wisdom.
Aware of a tradition of academic excellence dating from 1728 and sensitive to the need for meeting change, the Academy attempts to maintain high standards, both academic and ethical, for students and faculty. We believe that the honor system is the embodiment of these ideals. We aim to provide a balanced program for individual growth and to guide and measure the progress of each student.
We are committed to enrollment of boys and girls who show promise of intellectual curiosity and who come from families of varied social, economic, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. We believe that teachers should be knowledgeable in their fields and should understand and enjoy the ways young people learn and grow. We believe that the interests and talents of these teachers should enable them to assume responsibilities outside the classroom in guidance, athletics, and activities. The school seeks to provide equipment and facilities that create an atmosphere in which growing children may participate actively in their mental and physical development. We strive to encourage students, faculty, and families to work together to assist the students in arriving at a personal assessment of themselves and in challenging them to reach their true potential.
School Fast Facts:
Founded in 1728, Norfolk Academy is a co-educational day school serving students in grades 1-12 in three divisions: Lower School (1-6), Middle School (7-9), and Upper School (10-12). The school enjoys a public and inclusive mission, drawing students from all cities in the region. All three divisions are located on a beautiful 70-acre campus in Norfolk, Virginia.
1585 Wesleyan Dr
Norfolk, VA 23502
THE STUDENT BODY
Boys: 647 / Girls: 596
Ethnic Diversity: 25%
Receive Financial Aid: 18% — $3 million of operating budget is dedicated to financial aid.
Admitted to 4-year colleges: 100%
135 faculty members; 102 hold advanced degrees; average tenure is 12 years
SIGNATURE OFFERINGS & ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM:
• Honor Code
• Engineering, Design, and Innovation
• Boy/Girl of the Day Public Speaking Program
• Library-led Reading, Research and Writing Program
• Latin Language Classes
• Mandatory swim lessons and Daily PE
Middle and Upper Schools
• Honor Code
• Public Speaking Program
• Middle School Community Service Curriculum
• Upper School International Programs—Spain, China, France, Germany, Art & Science in Italy (Global Classroom Program), School Year Abroad
• Center for Civic and Global Leadership—4-year program for 9th-12th graders; Chesapeake Bay Fellows, International Relations Fellows, Global Health Fellows, Literacy Fellows and Engineering, Design, and Innovation Fellows
• Medical Scholars Program—Summer Program with EVMS and Sentara
• Career Connection—Internships available for Upper School students and young alumni
23 sports offered; 75 teams fielded; all head coaches are full-time faculty members
Choral and Instrumental Music, Drama, Studio Art, Dance, Film, Sculpture, Music Theory and Composition
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