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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.

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Thank you for your interest in Norfolk Academy. Our first-round application deadline was December 15, 2023. Applications submitted now will be considered for the wait pool. 

We will reach out during the first weeks of February to families who apply to discuss admissions testing as well as space availability. 

Please contact our office at 757-455-5582 with any questions.

Admissions Timeline

Lower School

Following their innate curiosity to discover the power of their voices.

Middle School

Building strength as learners with the initiative and energy to explore.

Upper School

Exploring interests and seeking knowledge to serve as tomorrow’s leaders.

Meet Our Graduates

Kayla Wilson '22

Stanford University

“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.”

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Kai Wang '22

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.” 

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David Smythe '22

Princeton University

“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.” 

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Toria Kauffman '22

Harvard University

“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.” 

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Virginia Ames Tillar '21

Virginia Tech

“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.” 

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Molly Ruffin '21

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.” 

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Peyton Randolph '21

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.” 

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Sidney Jordan '21

Duke University

“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.”   

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Isaac Ceus '21

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.” 

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