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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  • Basketball for Girls

    All levels are welcome, whether you’re new to the game or have experience playing before.  We will work on fundamentals from ball-handing, layups, and shooting to defensive skills like stance, movement, rebounding, and much more.  Look forward to seeing you out on the court!

    Instructor: Bess Oswald, 3rd Grade Teacher and Junior Orange Girls Basketball Coach

    Grades: 1-6

    Grades 1-3: Tuesdays, March 19 - April 16
    Grades 4-6: Thursdays, March 21 - April 18

    : 3:20-4:45

    Location: Lower School Gym

    Cost: $75
  • 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: 1-6

    : Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays, March 19 - May 2 (No class 4/23, 4/24 or 4/25)

    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, March 13 - May 24 (No class on  4/5 or 4/19)

    : 3:20-4:30  

    Location: Lower School "B-trium"

    Cost: $235 (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 program that will introduce all children to soccer in a fun, safe and controlled environment. Each week, we offer hour long soccer sessions that teach and emphasize a new skill, fun game and healthy competition to all children enrolled. Our program focuses on the individual development of each child within the team setting. We emphasize character forming lessons such as; sportsmanship, teamwork, respect and leadership through all our fun games, scoring activities and our scrimmage time.

    Grades: 1-3

     Thursdays; March 14 - May 11

    Time: 3:20-4:30pm

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

    Cost: $90.00

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

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  • Flower Power

    With the help of a certified floral designer, participants will create a small floral arrangement using real flowers and a floral head crown using artificial flowers.  The art of floral arranging will be discussed and participants will learn the botanical names of each of the flowers used.   

    :  Madelyn Kresinske, Lower School Librarian and Elizabeth Higgins, Certified Floral Designer

    Grades: 3-6 

    Dates: Thursday, May 9

    Time: 3:20 - 5:00 pm
    Location: The General Story in Cooper Library

    Cost: $30.00
  • Sewing

    Explore the world of sewing with an 6 week class that will teach young students how to use a sewing machine to create many different projects. 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 each day)

    Dates: Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8 or Thursdays, April 4 - May 9 

    Time: 3:20-5:20pm
    Location: Lower School Room 6E

    Cost: $300

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.