Our Academic Program

Thinkers first. Leaders in time.
Every Norfolk Academy student possesses ample aptitude. But it’s the creative and resilient way they think, the ambitious and compassionate goals they pursue, the mature and boundary-crossing worldview they test and uphold that makes them—and our entire community—stand out.

At Norfolk Academy, your child can meet a famous author and tell him, “I’ve been waiting to meet you my whole life;” plant and raise oysters in the Chesapeake Bay; captain the field hockey team and star in the Winter Musical; teach literacy skills to Hampton Roads preschoolers; create and implement a women’s health curriculum in Haiti; shoot and showcase an original documentary film. Norfolk Academy students understand the importance of knowing each of their teachers and classmates, and the value of always feeling known.

Along the way, our students write poems and research papers, conduct scientific experiments, explore biology assignments on iPads, discuss classic works, debate moral quandaries, paint and sculpt, play and compete, and yes, even take tests. But our students develop as thought leaders—right now, among their peer group, and far into the future, within their profession—because they realize the incredible opportunities in front of them, and raise their own self-expectations to make the most of this lifelong gift of education.