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The Williams School
School Name:
The Williams School
Street Address:
419 Colonial Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23507
Head of School:
Mrs. Margaret Delk Moore
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Grade Levels:
Enrollment Size:
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Admissions Contact:
Mrs. Tracey Braham
Admissions Email:
9/22/2018 10:26:00 PM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

Please join us for coffee and a quick peek at The Williams School any Tuesday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

No need for a reservation!  Just drop in when it is convenient for you!

Prefer a private tour? Please contact Tracey Braham, Associate Head of School, Enrollment and Community Engagement. 

Through both intent and design we are a small school. We are committed to providing our children an expansive education. We are an intellectual and caring community of mind, body and spirit where learning spills out of the classrooms into the hallways, onto the playing fields and throughout our children's lives as they think, talk and interact with what they are studying.

We work in close partnership with parents who are, in fact, their children's first and most important teachers. We strive to be a diverse school family united by shared values and the common ideals we hold for our children. The individuality of our children enriches our community as a whole.

We invite you to explore our website. We believe it provides helpful information and reflects the unique qualities of The Williams School, a school as special as the children we serve.

Mission Statement 

The Williams School works with each child to build an enduring foundation for academic, moral, and social success.  Williams School students embody integrity, confidence, discipline, and a love of learning. 

Statement of Philosophy 

A child-centered environment: We believe that children learn in different ways at diverse rates and “one-size” does not fit all. As a result, we provide substantial individual attention to each student by maintaining a low student/teacher ratio. Furthermore, we are flexible in our approach to teaching, using innovative approaches to accomplish traditional academic goals and the mastery of a rigorous curriculum. In order to develop each child in accordance with his or her capabilities, we strive to provide challenging work at whatever level each child has reached. 

A community of inclusion: The uniqueness of individuals brings fulfillment to The Williams School’s mission and values. The School is committed to fostering a community of inclusion in which a wide spectrum of individual differences is valued, celebrated and integrated throughout its board of trustees, staff, students, faculty and curriculum. 

Emphasis on integrity and responsibility: The most important values we can instill in our students are a love for honesty and an enduring sense of responsibility. Two frequently heard themes at The Williams School are the School’s motto, “Honor before honors,” and the statement, “With privileges come responsibilities.” In daily life we insist that children respect the rights and needs of others and exhibit proper social behavior both within and outside the school community. Finally, we emphasize contribution to the larger community by students of all ages. 

An environment for learning: One of the non-negotiable foundations of The Williams School is the character of its operating environment: that of a close-knit family. Whether it is the “home” that houses the school community or the small classes, everyone knows your name and all receive attention. This caring environment is critical to the freedom for a child to make a step forward and be involved without fear or misstep and to learn and grow from any mistakes. The school is vertically integrated. The Big-Little Brother-Sister tradition extends children’s relationships beyond their peer group with multiple benefits for all. The extensive use of outside resources expands each child’s educational, cultural and athletic experiences into the larger community. 

A partnership with parents: We view parents as our partners in the greater Williams School family. They are integral to the effective education and development of their children, as well as valuable resources upon which we draw daily. Parents can expect frequent and varied contacts, sensitivity to individual family needs and access to a faculty and administration that encourage their input. To the extent they want to be involved, parents help with school outing, activities and fundraising events, participate as members of advisory councils and the Board of Trustees, and in so doing, reinforce and extend the school’s academic, moral and social training. 

Statement for Diversity 

The Williams School is committed to achieving an intellectual, cultural, and social environment on campus in which all are free to think, learn, and grow without prejudice, intimidation, or discrimination. The school promotes the appreciation of every individual regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, cultural heritage, religious background, or sexual orientation. We encourage appropriate activities and events that foster learning about the diversity of our world. 

School Fast Facts:


 The Williams School resides in two homes in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood.  The school’s gymnasium, a partnership with the YMCA and built in 2018, is located just minutes away from the school in the Freemason area.

School Motto

The school strives to provide an environment where students are able to meet the high academic expectations that we set for them, free to take risks (both academic and social), and to consistently demonstrate respect for others, honesty, and “Honor before Honors.”

54% female 
46% male 
23% Ethnic Diversity
Graduates get accepted to and attend local independent schools, specialty public school programs, boarding schools, IB programs

Teacher to Student ratio 1:12

Program at a Glance 

We strive to educate the whole child and our curriculum incorporates standards to meet children’s social, emotional, and academic needs.  We believe curricular objectives can be accomplished by using diverse teaching strategies and methodologies.  In concert with the academic program:

• Extracurricular Offerings: Chess club, Yoga, Dance, Soccer, music lessons, and more
• Athletics: soccer, basketball, cross-country, girls volleyball, tennis
• Technology: iPad program 1:1, Chromebook program, Promethean boards and computers in every classroom 
• Fine Arts and World Languages:  art, band, musical productions, Spanish (5-8), French (K-8), Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Competition, International Tattoo and Busch Gardens Band Competition

• Signature trips: Camp Triple C (6th & 7th), Chincoteague Island Environmental Trip (5th Grade), Cultural Immersion Trip, Disney Trip (8th)

• Summer Enrichment Programs


Life After Williams

Our elementary and middle school programs prepare students for the demands of an accelerated curriculum in their chosen high school. Our eighth grade graduates move on to a wide spectrum of independent or public high school programs. Upon arriving in high school our students again excel. They have the self-confidence that comes about from being nurtured throughout their Williams school experience. 

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