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Tidewater Academy
School Name:
Tidewater Academy
Street Address:
217 West Church St.
Wakefield, VA 23888
Head of School:
Ms. Lisa Francis
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Grade Levels:
Enrollment Size:
Social Media:
Admissions Contact:
Mrs. Brandee Phillips
Admissions Email:
4/3/2019 1:22:00 PM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:


Tidewater Academy offers a brighter school choice for families in central and southeastern Virginia!   We are located in Sussex County and have been educating the students of our region for over 54 years.  Tidewater Academy is first and foremost a school where students are happy, confident, and enthusiastic learners.  Our PreK-Grade 12 classrooms are extraordinary places of learning, and our talented and caring educators are excited about teaching and dedicated to ensuring their students reach their full academic potential.

Mission Statement: Tidewater Academy offers students a college-preparatory foundation, fostering a lifelong love of learning, instilling family core values and good citizenship in their communities.  This education best prepares students for the challenges that they may face in an ever-changing world.



With an average of 10 students per teacher, our small classes promote focused attention, individual instruction, and academic success!  In addition to academic achievements, our students learn from their teachers that they can be successful in many different ways.  While at Tidewater, students explore fine arts, engineering, technology, athletics, student government, community service, and leadership opportunities.

Philosophy: A Tidewater Academy education is designed to grow, develop, and change as is determined by the influx of new world knowledge, new programs of study, new faculty, new resources, and new community opportunities.  The Board of Directors, Head of School, and faculty provide students with a safe 21st century learning environment.  This environment fosters beneficial relationships through collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.  The school believes the pursuit and attainment of excellence shall remain its benchmark.



Welcome Message from Head of School, Ms. Lisa B. Francis:



Thank you for your interest in Tidewater Academy!  We are a pre-kindergarten-Grade 12 college preparatory independent school located in Wakefield, Virginia.  Our school has been educating students from Sussex, Prince George, Surry, Southampton, and the tri-cities of Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights for over 54 years.  Our convenient location along Rt 460 in central-southeastern Virginia is ideal for many families.

Our small class sizes and caring, dedicated teachers provide a learning environment where every student is important, family values prevail, and students are able to thrive academically.  At Tidewater Academy every child is a valued member of the school.  As graduating seniors, more than 90% are accepted at four-year colleges and universities.

To complement our college preparatory education, we offer opportunities for leadership in student government and other student organizations, participation in forensics and scholastic bowl, and involvement in community service projects.  We also offer athletic teams at the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity levels.  Teams in baseball, basketball, volleyball, and softball have all won conference and state championships over the years.

We want your family to join our Warrior family.  Not only do we offer school transportation, but also before and after school care and summer care.  On behalf of the faculty and students of Tidewater Academy, we look forward to welcoming you to our school community!  We would love to take you on a tour of our campus, tell you more about our school, and answer any questions you may have.



Message from Admissions Director, Mrs. Brandee Phillips

Thank you for your interest in Tidewater Academy!  We take great pride in offering a brighter school choice for families in central and southeastern Virginia.  We understand that evaluating your educational options and selecting a school is a big decision!  I would love to talk with you in person about the educational experience we offer at Tidewater Academy.  We are conveniently located on Rt 460 between Petersburg and Suffolk, and offer bus transportation for our students.

We provide a caring and thorough educational foundation that emphasizes college preparatory academics, athletics, and the core values of family, community, and good citizenship.  Our students graduate from Tidewater Academy as well-rounded young adults with the dedication to succeed in college, at work, and in their communities.

I can personally testify to the great education we offer here at Tidewater Academy!  I am a current parent of two students, and I am also a Tidewater graduate.  We are a great school choice and a welcoming, friendly school family.  I look forward to talking with you soon! I may be reached at (757) 899-5401 or by email,


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School Fast Facts:
  • Tuition: K-$4,800  Grade 1-12-$5,800
  • Need-Based Financial Aid Available
  • Transportation Available
  • Lower School Engineering, Financial Literacy, Career Planning, and Project-Based Learning - Electives
  • Dual Enrollment with Richard Bland College
  • International Student Admission
  • Before/After School Care & Summer Care
















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