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Norfolk Collegiate
School Name:
Norfolk Collegiate
Street Address:
7336 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
Mr. Scott Kennedy
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Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
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Day Only
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7/10/2019 2:48:00 PM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:
For more nearly 70 years, Norfolk Collegiate School has remained one of the leading educational institutions in Hampton Roads. Norfolk Collegiate has a rich tradition of cultivating the character of its students, recognizing that the spirit and intellectual growth of young people is the primary objective of a quality education.

Carolton Oaks School was founded in 1948 as a kindergarten and preschool. In 1973 it was renamed Norfolk Collegiate School to reflect its college preparatory mission. 

Serving students on two campuses from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, Norfolk Collegiate students are challenged to build on their own strengths and to develop attitudes and habits that bring success in school, in college and throughout their lives.

Our Mission
Norfolk Collegiate develops critical thinkers, doers and explorers through innovative, engaging instruction in an inclusive and supportive learning community.

Our Vision

Innovative learning for a changing world.

Statement of Philosophy
Norfolk Collegiate equips students to chart their unique paths to success in life by providing an educational experience based on the following principles: 
  • An excellent, broad-based educational foundation allows students to discover their passions and become well-rounded individuals.
  • A supportive, warm, caring environment encourages students to view pursuits as learning experiences and to expand personal horizons. 
  • A close partnership between the student, faculty and parents results in optimal student outcomes. 
  • A strong value system grounds student decision-making in honor, integrity and social responsibility. 
  • Engaging all members of our community in fostering student success results in innovation and excellence. 
These principles guide our portrait of a graduate and our approach to implementing our mission.

Portrait of a Graduate
Student outcomes are the foundation of our instructional program. Norfolk Collegiate's “Portrait of a Graduate” is defined below.
  1. Our graduates have the academic tools, passion for learning and flexibility to thrive wherever life takes them and wherever they choose to go.
  2. Our graduates are self-motivated and inquisitive, recognizing that knowledge and wisdom are lifelong pursuits.
  3. Our graduates are confident, independent thinkers who pursue new endeavors to learn from successes and challenges alike.
  4. Our graduates have developed an individual moral compass—rooted in integrity, responsibility and respect—that guides them to the right course of action.
  5. Our graduates have a sense of compassion that motivates them to both participate and lead in their local and global communities. 
School Fast Facts:

Two Campuses
Middle and Upper School
7336 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505
Lower School
5429 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509

School Colors: Blue and White
School Mascot: Oaks
Honor Code: Yes
Alumni: More than 2,500 since the first graduating class in 1963

Teachers fuse traditional student-engaged instruction with innovative techniques to ensure our students’ success in all of their academic pursuits through group projects, service learning and interdisciplinary studies, 1:1 technology, and a combination of small classes and rigorous courses.

The Arts
We recognize that the arts can enhance a child’s ability to discover how to learn and to develop skills in critical thinking as well as imagination. Norfolk Collegiate students are involved in arts from grades pre-K through 12, whether drawing, sculpting, designing, singing, playing an instrument or performing in a theater production on stage in the Meredith Center for the Arts. We also offer a special communication arts program, highlighted by a student-run newspaper, literary magazine and yearbook.

Meredith Center for the Arts
The 26,000-square-foot, $8.5 million cultural arts center opened in March 2013 and includes four classrooms, a chorus room, two seminar rooms, two galleries for exhibiting students’ work and a scene design shop.  The facility’s centerpiece is its 425-seat professional theater, which also is available by lease to community organizations.  Paneled with natural oak on all four sides, the Hackney Theater, includes professional sound and rigging systems and four-location lighting technology.  The two-story theater lobby, also lined with natural oak, is also used for receptions. 

Our 55 athletic programs offer ample activities to cover the interests and capabilities of all students. Every student matters, from our top athletes who aspire to play in college to those who simply enjoy being on a team and playing with their friends. 

Lower school students participate in physical education and intramurals, with a focus on teaching fitness and nutrition. 

Middle school students participate in physical and health education and enter into competitive athletics.

Upper school athletes compete on junior varsity and varsity teams, and increase their knowledge of fitness to ensure they have the tools to remain healthy as college students and adults.

The addition of a $2.6 million athletic complex in 2015 made Collegiate the first pre-K-12 school in Hampton Roads with two side-by-side, competition-size turf fields with lights. Collegiate offers student-athletes and the local athletic community a standout facility for local and regional tournaments, as well as the opportunity to train and compete daily on professional-level surfaces.

Student Life
Well-rounded, engaged students thrive at Norfolk Collegiate. A student might play in the jazz band before school, run a National Honor Society meeting at mid-day, debate in an afternoon class and compete in a tennis match after school. Varied opportunities broaden horizons, encouraging these young people to try everything and giving them the space and security to do so. With an average of more than 50 clubs and organizations, there are opportunities for everyone. And, if not, students are empowered to create an opportunity that fits their interests and goals.

College Counseling 
We believe that finding a college that is the “right fit” is a gradual and incremental process that begins in grade nine with a basic awareness of the admissions process. College counseling continues with

  • Sophomore Night for grade 10 when current seniors and parents of alumni provide advice about creating strategies for their individual college exploration. 
  • Junior Night for grade 11 with insight from college admissions officers. 
  • Action in grade 12 - application submission, college visits, testing and interview strategies.
Financial Aid 
The need-based financial aid program at Norfolk Collegiate provides students an opportunity for a quality education. The program also provides our school community with a well-qualified student body reflecting a broad social and economic community. 

Transportation and Extended Care Programs
Serving students throughout Hampton Roads, Norfolk Collegiate provides bus transportation from Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, and offers before an after-school care for grade pre-K-5 and after school supervision for grades 6-8.

Summer Programs
Because the growing mind needs constant nourishment, we offer an annual summer camp program. Summer under the Oak offers something for everyone, ages four and up, categorized into the following centers: 
  • Academic Advancement
  • Athletics
  • Enrichment
  • Experiential Learning
  • Lifelong Learning

To take the next step in getting to know Norfolk Collegiate, we invite you to schedule a campus tour, sample our summer programs or attend a campus event. For more information about admissions, contact Mary Peccie at 757.480.1495 or
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