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Portrait of a Graduate

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Norfolk Academy graduates step toward the next stage of their lifelong learning journey equipped with the knowledge, skills, moral principles, and spiritual awareness they need to lead in creating a better world. They’re on their way to productive and fulfilling lives, thanks to a number of characteristic qualities they’ve gained during their years here.

Our graduates are:

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Shaped by the school’s Honor System and ideals of citizenship and integrity, they are committed to principled action.

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Their belief in the primacy of service has been nurtured through an school-wide community service program that seeks to instill compassion and “unselfishness of thought and action,” not merely as aspirations, but as habits of daily life.

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They value creativity and embrace the dynamic power of technology to fuel collaboration, exploration, and innovative ideas.

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Our graduates find satisfaction in hard work, recognizing that meaningful achievements and discoveries come about only through persistent effort.

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They embrace the diversity of the world—peoples, cultures, and geography—and are committed to exploring, not only through travel, but also through listening to others’ stories.


The emphasis on respectful discourse and creating a positive, open classroom environment was integral to my development as a leader.

Olivia '18

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