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Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy is a tuition-free, academic enrichment program designed to prepare motivated Hampton Roads public school students for success in college-preparatory high school programs and to provide talented high school and college students with hands-on teaching experience that will inspire them to pursue careers in education.

The program consists of a full school day for six weeks in the summer. Students take literature, language arts, history, math, and science classes in addition to electives as diverse as foreign language, photography, dance, and journalism. The school-year program consists of one Super Saturday per month, in which Breakthrough students come to campus for tutoring and workshops, and participate in community service projects.

Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy is an affiliate of the national non-profit Breakthrough Collaborative, of which there are 24 affiliated sites across the United States and in Hong Kong.

Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy reflects the school's commitment to serving the greater Norfolk community and is made possible in large part thanks to the support of our generous donors.

Program Requirements:

  • Regular attendance during a six-week summer session for rising seventh, eighth, and ninth graders
  • Five academic classes and two electives during the summer session
  • Daily homework during the summer session
  • Attendance at monthly Super Saturday events during the school year
  • Academic excellence during the school year and the active pursuit of higher education

Support Breakthrough

Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy is offered at no cost to our students and their families. Funds for operations, faculty stipends, and endowment are raised annually. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Reggie Cole at or 757-452-6852.

You may also give through our secure online giving portal. Please be sure to designate your gift for “Breakthrough." Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of this important and powerful program.

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Contact Us

Reggie Cole, Executive Director

Jordon Crichlow, Assistant Director

Jessica Chesson, Administrative Coordinator

Norfolk Academy
1585 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk , VA 23502