at the Academy
Enrichment at the Academy offers extra-curricular opportunities for students after school and on the weekends. These programs are open to the public.

Bulldog Athletic Programs are run by Norfolk Academy varsity coaches, and varsity players and other coaches are on hand to help the students learn basic skills. 

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  • Escape Game: Zoo Edition

    In this version of an "escape game" participants will practice collaboration and use critical thinking skills as they work to complete this fun, engaging, and age-appropriate challenge: A panda at the zoo has contracted a mysterious disease. A scientist has discovered a medicine that will cure the panda's disease, but she has hidden the medicine and demanded a large amount of money that the zoo cannot afford. In a race against the clock, participants must work together to solve the scientist's challenging riddles and break her secret codes in order to find the medicine and save the panda.

     Anna Farmer, former Norfolk Academy 3rd Grade Teacher

    Grades: see below

    Saturday, October 6; grades 4-5
    Saturday, November 10; grades 2-3

    Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Location: Lower School Before/After Care Room

    Cost:  $50
  • Fashion Design/Sewing

    Explore the world of fashion design and sewing with an 8 week class that will teach young students how to use a sewing machine to create Fashion. Students will learn about different fabrics, how to use them and how to construct their projects. Sewing machines will be provided.

    :  Itsje Rowson, Sewing Instructor

    Grades: 3-6 (maximum 6 students per day)

    Wednesdays: September 12 - November 14 (No class on Sep 19, Oct 17, Oct 31)
    Thursdays: September 13 - November 8 (no class on Nov 1)

    Time: 3:20-5:20pm
    Location: Lower School Art Room

    Cost: $400
  • Softcover Bookbinding

    In this four-session course, students will be introduced to the art of making books by creating a set of hand-made journals and learning all about the tools and materials in book creation. The course will be held in Norfolk Academy's new creative maker space "The General Story," home to our very own micro-press, The Catapult Press. Cooper Library's Ms. Johnson will be joining forces with Upper School English Teacher Dr. Kidd for this exciting new program.

    : David Kidd, Upper School English Teacher

    Grades: 5-6

    Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 2 - 11

    Time: 3:20-4:30pm
    Location: Lower School General Story Room (in Cooper Library)

    Cost: $60.00
  • Songwriting 101

    Students will learn about different elements of songwriting and practice writing their own. We'll study and write our own lyrics to the 12 bar blues, look at song parodies and write our own lyrics to songs we like. On the music side, we'll learn about basic chords used in many popular songs and practice arranging them in different sequences. We'll look at how songs are structured from the hook to the verse to the chorus and the occasional bridge. Along the way, everyone will share their work and give feedback.  Each student will have the opportunity to learn basic music writing skills and apply them according to their interests after practicing them together. 

    :  Phil Call, 5th Grade Teacher

    Grades: 4-6

    Dates: Wednesdays, September 12 - October 24 (no class on September 19)

    Time: 3:20-4:30 pm
    Location: 5A

    Cost: $85.00


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  • Handmade Holiday Gifts

    Just in time for the holiday season, this special program will give participants the opportunity to apply their own personal touch to make gifts for the special people in their lives.  We'll make some practical, fanciful, and jazzy items.  You'll need to get your creative juices flowing as you whittle away at your holiday gift list, making gifts for folks of all ages.  At the end of the day you can expect to have 6-8 gifts wrapped and ready for giving.  Just bring along your gift-giving list and your creative talent.  Lunch will be provided.

     Valerie Thornton. 2nd Grade Teacher

    Grades: 1-6

     Saturday, December 1 or 8

    Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

    Location: Lower School Art Room

    Cost: $100

    What to wear: Children should wear clothes they can get messy.
  • Holidays @ the Academy

    Let’s get in the Holiday Spirit.  Becky Peterson is looking for some gleeful kids to help present...Holidays @ the Academy.  This will be a celebration of the season, complete with song, dance and maybe a little laughter and tears.  We will tug at those heartstrings! Hope you will join us.  “Tis the season to be Merry! 

    Instructor:  Becky Peterson, Lower School Music Teacher

    Grades: 1-3 and 4-6

    Tuesday and Thursday November 27 & 29
    Saturday, December 1 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)
    Tuesday, December 4
    Wednesday, December 5
    Thursday, December 6 - Performance at 7:00 in Price Auditorium

    Time: 3:20-5:30 pm
    Location: Lower School Music Room

    Cost: $150
  • Holiday Heirloom

    Students will design a holiday decoration, either a holiday tree skirt or a table runner. Designs will be hand-sewn onto the larger pieces of fabric with decorative materials. No sewing experience is needed, all sewing supplies will be provided.  

    Instructor: Buffy Driskill, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Grades: 4-6

    Mondays and Wednesdays, November 12 - 28 (no class on November 21)

    Time: 3:20-5:00pm

    Location: 2A

    Cost:  $110
  • Lit to Life Drama Club

    Participants in Lit to Life Drama Club will share in nearly every facet of producing a play as we bring much-loved literature to life.  This semester, we will work together to develop scenery, props, costumes and, of course, the play itself as we animate the story Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall.  This program which will culminate with two shows--a daytime play to be presented to 1st-3rd graders and an evening performance for the actors' parents, families and friends will prepare young thespians to take the stage and shine.  

     Valerie Thornton, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Grades: 1-3

    Mondays and Wednesdays, October 1 - November 14 (No class on October 22 or 31)

    Time: 3:20-5:00pm

    Location: 2GA

    Cost:  $250
  • YPTP: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    Please join us this fall as we tell the beloved story of the Herdmans and their discovery of the Christmas story.   We have all read this heartwarming and hilarious story, now we will put it on stage. Director, Becky Peterson, will be accompanied by Itjse Rowson, Janice Simone and Catherine Dodd as we work with the children to create sets and assemble costumes.  This production will be like none other. Hope you can join us to tell this endearing tale.

    Grades: 4-6  **Please only register for the appropriate grade level

    Dates and times:
    Start date:  Thursday, September 6
    Tuesdays:  Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 9, 16 (3:20-5:30) 
    Thursdays:  Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4,11 (3:20-5:30)
    Saturdays:  Sept. 22  (9am–12 noon)
    Dress Rehearsals: Oct. 15, 16  (3:20-5:30) 
    Performance for Parents at 6:00pm, October 17
    Location: Lower School Music Room/Price Auditorium                    

    : $375  


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  • Bulldog Field Hockey

    Bulldog Field Hockey- outside on our state of the art turf field.  Girls will learn skills and apply them in game situations.  Sessions led by Varsity players and current NA coaches.

    Mary Werkheiser , Varsity Field Hockey Coach

    1 - 6, Girls 

    Dates:  Saturdays,  September 8, 15, 22, October 13, 20
    Times:  9:00-10:30

    Location: Norfolk Academy turf field

    $100 (includes a t-shirt)

    What to bring: Mouthguards & shin guards. We have goggles and sticks to borrow, but girls may bring their own if they have them.  Soccer shin guards are great.
  • Bulldog Swim Team

    The six-week program is designed to prepare competitive swimmers. Participants must be able to complete 25 yards of freestyle and backstroke in order to get the most out of this experience. Emphasis will be placed on proper stroke mechanics for each of the four competitive strokes – freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke. Stroke drills, proper race strategies, and basic training techniques will be introduced according to the swimmer’s age and abilities.  

    Instructor: Mike Zmuda, Assistant Varsity and JV Swim Coach
    Grades: 2-6

    : Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, September 18 - October 25 (No class on September 19)

    Time: 3:20-4:45pm

    Location: Vaughn Aquatic Center

    1 day - $80
    2 days - $150
    3 days - $220

    Special Instructions: Coaches will meet students Lower School students in the lobby at the bus bell and walk them to the pool. Parents should pick up students in the pool lobby. Lower School Students not picked up by 4:45 p.m. will be taken to Aftercare.
  • Karate Dojo

    WELCOME TO GENBU KAI OF VIRGINIA. To share the invaluable teachings, principles, and traditions of the art of Karate-Do.Through our teachings we instill good work ethic, positive attitude, a resilient mind and spirit, along with building a strong physical body. Our main goal is to develop good character and to become the best version of ourselves. Any student who is enrolled at Norfolk Academy karate class can also attend classes at the main dojo at no additional cost. Interested parents /students please see Sensei.

    Grades: 1-6

    Dates: Wednesdays & Fridays, September 12 - December 14 (No class on Sep 19, Oct 31, Nov 2, 21, 23)

    : 3:20-4:30  

    Location: Lower School "B-trium"

    Cost: $275 (plus a one time uniform fee of $35.00 for new students)

    What to wear: For the first two weeks, students will wear sweatpants and a t-shirt. After that, students wear their uniform or "Gi". 
  • Soccer Shots

    Soccer Shots is a uniquely designed curriculum based soccer program that focuses on individual skill development, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction. Focus is on the individual development of the participant, within the team sport, and competition will be introduced in a developmentally appropriate manner.

    Grades: 1-3

     Thursdays; September 13 - November 15

    Time: 3:20-4:30pm

    Location: Field behind the Lower School (pick-up in the LS Lobby)

    Cost: $105.00

    What to wear: Athletic apparel and either sneakers or cleats. Shin-guards are optional.
  • Young Yogis Yoga

    This enrichment class will help your Bulldog build strength, flexibility, focus and friendships through the practice of yoga.  Veteran children's yoga teacher, Rita Woods,  will share her years of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm in this weekly class designed specifically for the young yogis. Instruction is based on the most current and scientific findings in both kinesiology and mindfulness, paired with a child-focused teaching style. Sign up soon to help enrich your Bulldog's journey with the strengths and skills of this class! Note - we must have a minimum of 10 students to hold this class.

    Grades: 1-4

    Dates: Tuesdays; September 18 - November 27 (no class on November 20)

    Time: 3:20-4:20pm

    Location: Lower School Mulitpurpose Room

    Cost: $140.00 (plus a one-time $25.00 instructional mat fee for new students)

    What to bring/wear: yoga mat, water bottle, athletic attire (shorts, leggings or athletic pants, tank top or t-shirt)

EDI / Science

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  • EDI Endeavors

    Want to create and experiment with objects that fly, roll, or shoot. We will build various creations, compete, and redesign to make them work to their best ability. Come ready to generate ideas!

    Instructor: Buffy Driskill, 2nd Grade Teacher

    Grades: 1-3

    Wednesdays, September 26 - October 24

    Time: 3:20-5:20pm

    Location: 2A

    Cost:  $125
  • Robotics

    Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult Coaches and members of the Upper School Robotics team, the Lower School Robotics Enrichment will be modeled on the FIRST LEGO League program  but with twists introduced by the students. Students will research the challenges of long duration space explorationThey will also build and program a robot using LEGO Mindstorms.

    Instructors: Robert Call, Upper School Physics and Stephanie Cress, Lower School Computers

    Grades: 5-6 

    Dates: Thursdays, September 20 - November 8

    Time: 3:20-5:00pm

    Location: TBD

    Cost:  $150

Dance with Elbert Watson

Dance programs are for teens and adults.

Modern Dance 
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Classical Ballet   
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturdays,  9:30 - 11:00 am

All classes:
  • run year-round
  • meet in the Tucker Arts Center Dance Studio
  • each class is $7.00

Please contact Elbert Watson for more information at ewatson@norfolkacademy.org.