Greetings! We are thrilled that you are considering a visit to Norfolk Academy's campus. Every fall the NA College Counseling Team hosts approximately 100 college admission officers on campus for small group discussions with interested junior and senior students. We use RepVisits to streamline our scheduling process and create greater flexibility for those of you planning your fall travel. In the event that an alternative visit time is necessary to accommodate your travel schedule we will do our very best to meet your needs. We do not however, allow visits to take place during our lunch time (12:30-1:00 p.m.).
We are also pleased to host regional recruitment events on our campus when there are no competing commitments for the venue of interest. The Johnson Theater within Norfolk Academy's Tucker Arts Center, Price Auditorium and the Landmark Room of Batten Library offer a variety of venue sizes and set ups to accommodate small to exceptionally large groups. Past regional meetings have been held for Cal Tech, Pomona, Yale, M.I.T., Chicago. Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Washington & Lee, and Wellesley. Norfolk Academy is located in close proximity to route 64, boasts ample parking, and offers easy access to a variety of hotels. There is no charge for hosting such meetings.
Exit 282 (Northampton Blvd) from I-64 from either direction. Turn right off the ramp. Stay in far right lane and turn right at next intersection (Wesleyan Drive). Turn right at next light (150 yards). That is the entrance to campus. Make your way through the gate area and follow the campus drive, keeping to the right as it divides. There are Vistors' Parking spaces available at the front of the main parking lot. After parking, walk through the archway, past the fountain and the "pit." Enter the Massey Leadership Center in front of you and see the receptionist. The receptionist will notify us of your arrival.
Please do not try to go directly to our offices or the room where you met with students last year. Our visit schedule changes frequently as do the meeting locations for those visits. A member of the College Counseling Team will escort you to the correct campus space.
Our last five graduating classes attend 131 different colleges in 33 different states. Approximately half stay in state, a very low number for Virginia high schools. We are pleased at the way our students consider institutions far and wide and with the way "fit" plays a role in their respective college searches. We do not judge our success by the number of students admitted to the most selective institutions. Rather, we pay very close attention to how many students return for their sophomore year. The retention rate is well over 90%.
Our students are very eager to know about the culture of your campus. To understand who is happiest at your school as well as who is most successful. We encourage you to come prepared to share anecdotal information about what it is like to live and study in your community. They are eager to know more about the co-curricular opportunities they may have if they pursue an education on your campus and the degree to which students engage with purpose in all there is to do. Whether it is learning about a special tradition near and dear to the hearts of your sophomores, understanding why a huge percentage of your graduates have studied abroad or what characteristics of applicants are most compelling to your application readers, we are certain that when you visit you will find a receptive audience ready to listen and appreciate what you have to share. The search process, after all, is about determining why and how a school will help a young person pursue the meaningful adult life they aspire to create for themselves. Thank you for crafting your presentation in a way that helps them to full explore life at your institution.
Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News form a major metropolitan area of 1 ½ million people known as Hampton Roads and/or Tidewater. The major industries are the military, transportation, and tourism. The Norfolk Airport is only five minutes from Norfolk Academy. The major thoroughfares are I-64, which runs from Richmond to Norfolk, and I-264, which runs from downtown Norfolk to the Oceanfront. Traffic at peak hours is quite congested. The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel linking the Southside with the Peninsula can be a nightmare, particularly around rush hours.
Although our roads can be congested and can twist and turn in many directions, it is fairly easy to get to a lot of high schools. Most local high schools are within twenty minutes of Norfolk Academy. They include Cape Henry Collegiate, Maury High School, Granby High School, Cox High School, First Colonial, Catholic, Kellam High School, Norfolk Christian,Atlantic Shores Christian Schools, and Norfolk Collegiate. Ocean Lakes High School is thirty minutes east, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is about forty minutes west, and Hampton Roads Academy is thirty minutes northwest on the other side of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. We will happily supply you with directions to any high school.
Surfrider (Several locations including 1 mile from Norfolk Academy in Cypress Point Shopping Center on Wesleyan Dr) Simple, but good seafood
Lucky Star (Pleasant House Rd. near Northampton Blvd. and Shore Dr.) Very good food
Todd Jurich's Bistro ( 150 West Main Street ) Many people's favorite restaurant. The food is excellent, but it is one of the most expensive restaurants in Hampton Roads. Reservations are recommended. 757 622 3210
Club Soda (111 Tazwell Street) Very hip, new American cuisine. One of my favorites. 757 200 7632
A little north of downtown central
Fellini's ( 3910 Colley Ave ) Gourmet pizzas and wonderful pastas. Pasta Corleone is my favorite. (757) 625-3000
Off the beach - Hilltop area
Aldo's ( 1860 Laskin Road ) Excellent Italian and seafood. 757 491 1111
Cobalt Grille (762 Hilltop North) Great meat and seafood. 757 333 3334
Timbuktu (Oceanfront & 32nd St ) Variety of food, a local favorite.
Mahi Mah's (615 Atlantic near 5th St ) Great seafood and the best sushi in the area. Local's favorite and probably the best of the oceanfront.
The Black Angus (706 Atlantic near 5th St ) One of the few steak houses in the area. 757 428 7700
Isle of Capri (39th St. and Atlantic in the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort) Great veal and a great view of the beach. 757 428 2411
Catch 31 (Oceanfront and Laskin Rd) Seafood with a view in the Hilton. On the same floor and almost indistinguishable in area from...
Salacia (same address) Excellent high end food with a view of the beach. 757 213 3472