Upper School faculty often talk about the three things that are distinctive about teaching at Norfolk Academy: highly engaged students, unusually talented colleages, and unprecedented autonomy in the classroom. These features foster the creation of innovative classes that teachers love teaching and students love taking.
By the time Norfolk Academy students reach tenth grade, they've developed a sturdy foundation of basic learning techniques, from critical research and reading to persuasive writing and speaking to quantitative and science-based problem solving.
As students progress through the Upper School, the array of available electives in nearly every deparment expands dramatically. Order and Chaos in Literature, Latin American History, Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems Dynamics—so many exciting courses beckon and it's hard to choose. And it's just as hard to choose from the menu of co-curricular options: a robust performing and studio arts program. athletic opportunities, a varied line-up of clubs and after school activities and community service programs.