Our Values

Our most cherished tradition is our Honor Code. Each member of the Norfolk Academy community commits to behaving honorably in all school activities and programs. Being truthful helps build a community of trust. It is in this environment that the Honor System helps students and all members of our community strengthen and advance their ethical development and their capacity to make sound, moral, and mature decisions about matters of right and wrong.
From the simple statement of the Honor Code in the Lower School: “We do our own work; we tell the truth; and we do not take things that belong to others” to the Middle and Upper School pledge: “I pledge that I have acted honorably in completing this assignment,” the Honor System’s goal is to instill a deep sense of honor in each student and in the Norfolk Academy community as a whole.

Our Philosophy

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  • Statement of Philosophy

    The Norfolk Academy is a college preparatory, coeducational day school that strives to assist its students to develop maturity of mind, body, and character. We hope to engender an awareness and appreciation of intellectual, aesthetic, and moral excellence in a setting that offers well-developed programs, not only in the academic disciplines, but also in fine arts, athletics, and service to others. We aim to prepare students to become ultimately useful and responsible citizens of a democracy.

    We strive to make them aware of their role in creating a just society. We are committed to the spiritual and ethical values of the Judeo-Christian heritage and envision that these will become a part of the being of each member of the Norfolk Academy community.

    Norfolk Academy seeks to offer a coordinated program for students, building and expanding on knowledge and experience from grades one through twelve, encouraging responsible participation in a variety of school activities, providing opportunities for leadership training, and facilitating
    interaction with the community beyond the school. We are committed to the principles of academic freedom. We trust that students and faculty will be stimulated to continue to teach, learn, and explore, to think practically and creatively, and to move toward wisdom and understanding.

    Aware of a tradition of academic excellence that dates from 1728 and sensitive to the need for meeting change, the Academy attempts to maintain high standards, both academic and ethical, for students and faculty. We believe that the honor system is the embodiment of these ideals. We aim to provide a balanced program for individual growth and to guide and measure the progress of each student.
    We are committed to the enrollment of boys and girls who show promise of intellectual curiosity and who come from families of varied social, economic, religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. We believe that teachers should be knowledgeable in their fields and should understand and enjoy the ways young people learn and grow. We believe that the interests and talents of these teachers should enable them to assume responsibilities outside the classroom in guidance, athletics, and activities. The school seeks to provide equipment and facilities that create an atmosphere in which growing children may participate actively in their mental and physical development. We strive to encourage students, faculty, and families to work together to assist
    students in arriving at personal assessment of themselves and in challenging them to reach their true potential in a world of accelerating change.

Our Objectives

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  • The School and the Individual

    The Norfolk Academy strives:

    1. To live by our conviction that sound moral and spiritual values define the individual in a more significant way than academic achievement.

    2. To help all students in identifying the best in themselves and to assist them in building upon that foundation a sense of self-esteem, self reliance and compassion for others.

    3. To foster a sense of responsibility for service to others, first through respect for self, and then for every other member of the community until unselfishness of thought and action becomes habit.

    4. To communicate a spirit of friendliness and thus to promote an atmosphere in which an individual is encouraged to relate to his peers.

    5. To strengthen the attitude, through such observances as chapel services, that spiritual values are the foundation of life.

    6. To foster intellectual curiosity and individual creativity and personal responsibility so that education goes beyond the classroom and ultimately beyond the experience at this school.

    7. To develop leadership capabilities, so that one can put those talents to the service of others.

    8. To insist, through the inculcation of values embodied most of all in our honor code, that intellectual and personal honesty become ingrained.

    9. To promote the growth of a sense of responsibility by holding students accountable for their own actions, and by insisting that they meet their obligations to others as well as to themselves.

    10. To emphasize, through a well developed athletic program, not only the value of physical well-being, but also the vital importance of sportsmanship in all competitions.

    11. To provide a broad and varied program in the realms of the academic, the artistic, and the athletic so that all students may have maximum opportunities for personal success and may regard failures as an opportunity for growth.

  • The School and the Community

    The Norfolk Academy strives:

    1. To offer many opportunities for students to develop a diversity of interests by participating in school government, clubs, service to others, athletics, and cultural programs.

    2. To develop responsible citizens by providing leadership training and opportunities for participation in such community activities as government, business, and social services.

    3. To make wise use of such community resources as other educational institutions, libraries, museums, athletic facilities, and cultural programs as well as wise use of its natural resources.

    4. To make our school an integral part of the community by sharing school facilities, resources, activities and human skills with other organizations.

    5. To create an awareness within the community of admission policies, scholarship aid, and the financial needs of the school as well as its educational objectives.

    6. To maintain open communication within the school family, including students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends.

  • Academic Aspects

    The Norfolk Academy strives:

    1. To prepare students academically for college and adult life by fostering an atmosphere in which learning is seen as its own reward, by encouraging all students to do their best work, and by helping students decide their specific academic interests through exposing them to a variety of disciplines.

    2. To recognize and to provide for individual differences in learning rates and academic interests wherever possible within the framework of our school.

    3. To maintain and to improve basic skills in listening, reading, oral and written expression, computation, and critical observation.

    4. To help students to learn organizational skills and good study habits, to develop skills in reasoning, critical and creative thinking, and to train them in research methods and in the use and value of resource materials.

    5. To emphasize the importance of oral communication and to encourage and assist students in acquiring these skills.

    6. To recognize the value of traditional teaching methods as well as the necessity for judicious experimentation with the new.

    7. To incorporate into the curriculum sequential teaching materials, a variety of learning media, and community and global resources including current developments in technology.

    8. To evaluate individual student progress through the use of quizzes, tests, examinations, and national standardized tests; student-teacher consultations, frequent comment slips, and parent-teacher conferences.

    9. To maintain small classes so that individual attention can be available to all students.

    10. To challenge and to stimulate talented students by providing opportunities for independent study and individualized programs outside the structure of the formal curriculum.