Explore all the ways students become empowered at Norfolk Academy. In this supportive, trusting community, children not only gain an outstanding education, but they develop their voice, strengthen their character, identify their passions, and stretch their limits. At NA, they learn to speak confidently, work collaboratively, and think critically. They build integrity and honor. They grow into young men and women who yearn to make the world a better place, and who have the skills and drive to help make that happen.
Admissions decisions for applications received after December 15 are communicated in early March.
Following their innate curiosity to discover the power of their voices.
Building strength as learners with the initiative and energy to explore.
Exploring interests and seeking knowledge to serve as tomorrow’s leaders.
“In all of my 12 years at NA, I have never had a teacher I didn't like. Each and every one of them was passionate about the topic they taught, which greatly impacted my work ethic in the class.”
University of Pennsylvania
“Tangibly, I hope I have left an impact through my contributions on the Honor Council and my leadership in my involved clubs. Intangibly, I hope that my perspective and dry sense of humor have progressed learning within the classroom.”
“Literacy Fellows has made a significant impact on my life. I’ve learned so much about poverty, education, racism, housing, the local Tidewater area - the list goes on. I am so grateful for this program!”
“Norfolk Academy has taught me to not be afraid to fail. Through projects through the Fellows Program, athletic experiences, and classroom projects, I have failed over and over again. However, Academy's supportive environment inspires me to keep trying new ideas and realize that failing is not something to fear.”
“Enjoy the ride and look for the little moments that will make an experience memorable and special. Be it reciting poems during a Physics class or staying up until after 2 a.m. working on a Robotics notebook, those small moments will be what stick with you months or years after.”
Texas Christian University
“The magic of the senior lounge made me realize how sad I am to be leaving my NA family. The inclusivity, excitement and fun made me excited to go to school.”
“Norfolk Academy has allowed me to truly discover who I am as a person. Whether it has been during my intense study of the humanities or pursuing my love for the stage during a performance, I have discovered that NA truly emphasizes the whole person, allowing you to reflect upon what it is that sparks your passion and brings you joy.”
Auburn University, Honors College
“Each day at Norfolk Academy I am challenged academically and athletically. My peers, teammates, and teacher-coaches have pushed me to become a better version of myself and I am thankful for that.”
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“I have forged so many relationships at this school, I can't fathom it. So many coaches, so many teachers, and so many friends. Without a doubt, I will continue to stay in touch, wherever I may end up.”
“Norfolk Academy has taught me that it is OK to struggle or fail as long as you learn from your mistakes and move on. I used to be afraid of not understanding things in my classes but I have learned that struggling is not the end of the world if you try to improve.”
William & Mary
“Norfolk Academy has taught me the importance of staying true to myself and my interests. I have always found teachers willing to support and encourage me to explore the fields and subjects that fascinate me.”
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“I would like to think that my work as the stage manager will leave an impact on the theater department. I have poured my heart and soul into it, and every season I am always so proud at what we are able to produce…”
“At Norfolk Academy, I have had the opportunity to experience and participate in activities that I had never considered. These experiences are what inevitably made me into the person who I am today.”
“The relationships that I made with my classmates will last forever…”
Durham University (England)
“I have had many opportunities to become more comfortable with speaking my mind and making my voice heard.”
University of Virginia, Jefferson Scholar
“Without Norfolk Academy, I would be a very different person. The breadth of opportunity here has had an incredible impact on me.”
North Carolina State University, Park Scholar
“At Norfolk Academy I learned to express myself coherently and confidently in groups, both large and small.”