at Norfolk Academy

Educators first. Teacher-coaches in time.
What’s the advantage of playing basketball for your history teacher, huddling up with your chemistry instructor, lingering after English class to talk Milton and then X’s and O’s for the homecoming game?

Norfolk Academy’s teacher-coach model builds cohesion and continuity throughout our Middle and Upper Schools. With classroom teachers coaching nearly all of our competitive athletic teams, students come to know and appreciate their teachers on multiple levels, and teachers see your student as the growing, talented, and multi-dimensional young person he is. Trust earned in the classroom continues to build on the field, and lessons learned on the court—about teamwork, about patience, about strategy and tactics—find applications back in the classroom.

Our comprehensive athletic program features 74 interscholastic teams for grades 7 – 12. Teams compete in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools, the League of Independent Schools, and the Virginia Prep League, competing throughout Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

The Academy’s combination of sportsmanship, talented athletes, and hard work result in many competitive triumphs, and we send our share of graduating seniors to play on NCAA Division I and III teams.

Leagues & Conferences

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  • League of Independent Schools

    Norfolk Academy girls compete in the League of Independent Schools, which includes the Collegiate School, St. Anne’s-Belfield, St. Catherine’s School, Saint Gertrude High School, St. Margaret’s School, Trinity Episcopal School, and Veritas School. A female classified as a full-time student at Norfolk Academy is eligible to participate in the LIS.
  • Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools

    Boys' and girls' teams compete in the Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools, which consists of ten schools. Joining Norfolk Academy are Cape Henry Collegiate, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Greenbrier Christian Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, Norfolk Christian School, Norfolk Collegiate School, Peninsula Catholic High School, the Steward School, and Walsingham Academy. Athletes are eligible to compete in the TCIS as long as they have not turned nineteen by August 1.
  • Virginia Preparatory League

    Norfolk Academy boys compete in the Virginia Preparatory League, which includes the Collegiate School, Fork Union Military Academy, St. Anne’s-Belfield, St. Christopher’s School, Trinity Episcopal School, and Woodberry Forest School. In the VPL, a male who has not turned 19 by August 1 of the current school year is eligible for athletic competition.