Chesapeake Bay Academy

Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #1 - Empowering children who learn differently for over 30 years.
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #2 - Children who are intellectually gifted with a learning difference thrive at Chesapeake Bay Academy. Our unique approach to curriculum provides 2e children with the rigorous academic challenges their minds need in a non-traditional classroom environment that positively channels their individual learning styles. By developing each student's instruction plan (IIP) on and individual basis, 2e children work at grade levels varied
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #3 - The MAKE CBA Entrepreneurship Program, now in its 3rd year, is a hands-on curriculum that fosters student motivation and engagement, as well as engaging kids in a variety of hands-on skillsets. Students in the program build their knowledge in science, math, technology and business while embracing the core competencies of design thinking connected to the 6 C's of 21st Century
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #4 - Middle and upper school students are now learning important life skills as part of our new Family Consumer Science program. Kids engage in hands-on, multisensory activities as they learn the finer points of cooking, nutrition and food safety in our new CBA Food Lab. In addition to familiarity with the culinary arts, the curriculum provides experience in organizing a home,
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #5 - As an integral part of the curriculum, music is introduced through general music classes to students in kindergarten and continues through grade 9. Music history and theory are supplemented by work with small instruments and vocal training. By grade 6, students have the opportunity to take part in our band program.
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #6 - Team sports are an essential part of a well-rounded educational program. Participation in athletics nurtures confidence and develops collaborative skills that are important to a child's future. At CBA we encourage all of our students to participate in athletics, no matter the student's skill level.
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #7 - Over the past 10 years, 85% of CBA graduates have gone on to pursue higher education at two-and four-year colleges and universities, locally and across the country. The remaining 15% of alumni have chosen careers in both the civilian and military workforces, many through CBA?'s School-to-Work program. Graduates receive a standard private school diploma and leave ready for success, academically
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #8 - CBA takes a holistic approach to preparing our students for success in life by incorporating mindfulness into our curriculum. In addition to mindfulness, students benefit from instruction in yoga as part of our physical education and wellness curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to further develop their social skills through regular work with our school counselor.
Chesapeake Bay Academy is the only K-12 independent school in Southeastern Virginia dedicated to serving students with a variety of learning differences. Celebrating over 30 years of serving students with: dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia
ADD/ADHD  language-based learning disabilities  auditory processing deficits  fine motor dysfunction
developmental delays  other health impairments  twice exceptional learners (Gifted and LD)  high-functioning autism

Upcoming Events and News

  • CBA Head of School makes House Calls before Seniors Walk a Virtual Stage - 06/22/2020 - The CBA community celebrated their graduating class of 2020 with more than 200 people watching the live broadcast of their virtual commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 11, 2020. The ...moreweek prior to this year`s nine graduates walking the virtual stage, head of school Dr. Judy Jankowski made a personal "house call" to each student to congratulate and mark this momentous life event with a few gifts from the school. Dr. Jankowski felt compelled to make these visits as a way of showing her own appreciation to the families who entrusted their children to the work of the school. As the only K-12 independent school in Southeastern Virginia dedicated to educating children with learning differences, CBA`s families live throughout Hampton Roads. This year`s senior class included students residing in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Portsmouth. "As I spent the week driving around to each home, it gave me time to reflect on how broad the school`s reach really is. Being able to serve such a diverse population is truly an honor and I treasure the impact that CBA has on the community," commented Dr. Jankowski.The graduation ceremony featured a commencement address from Barbara Hamm Lee, executive producer and host of "Another View" on WHRO Public Media, along with congratulatory messages from Stanley Baldwin, board chair, and Dr. Judy Jankowski, head of school. In keeping with CBA tradition, each graduate was presented by a speaker of their choice. This year`s speakers included Michelle Bandy, mother of Christopher Bandy, Jessica Sharon, mother of Joey Garcia, Jennifer Gibson, librarian for the city of Norfolk, and CBA faculty members Jared Setnar, Erin Blair, Bob Schneeberger, Synnika Lofton, and Dr. Christine Herbert.Congratulations to the CBA Class of 2020: Robert Christopher Bandy, Jr., John Abzal Carmel, Joseph Daniel Gacia IV, Karl Magnus Krohn, Matthew Mazur, Rickey E. McClellan, Braden Joseph Muller, William Corless Russell, Jr., and Anne Marie Murphy. Click here to view the virtual ceremony. hide
  • Three Years Running: CBA selected as "School of Excellence" by NASET - 05/25/2020 - Chesapeake Bay Academy is proud to have been named a 2020-2021 "School of Excellence" by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET). This is the third year in a ...morerow the school has received the award.As the highest level of recognition a private special education school can achieve, this honor is presented to schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional achievement in the field.The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization that offers support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education. NASET was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas. hide
  • Dr. Jankowski featured on WTKR discussing Digital Learners - 04/07/2020 - Dr. Jankowski was recently featured on WTKR News 3 discussing CBA's transition to digital teaching and learning. This segment was made possible by the Priority Toyota Charity Bowl. CBA is ...moreproud to have been selected as a beneficiary of this program for our second year in a row. Thank you Priority Toyota Charity Bowl for this opportunity! hide
  • Dr. Judy Jankowski selected as a 2020 YWCA Woman of Distinction - 12/09/2019 - Dr. J was recently surprised with the YWCA of South Hampton Roads Woman of Distinction Award! Congratulations to Dr. Judy Jankowski, Head of School at Chesapeake Bay Academy, for being ...morenamed a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA of South Hampton Roads. Dr. Judy Jankowski has devoted her career to the education of diverse learners. For over three decades she has worked with children whose life paths have been forged by physical, cognitive and emotional differences. Understanding and support for a wide range of human potential is at the heart of Dr. Jankowski`s work. Vickie Black, LCSW and owner of Aviso Solutions, who nominated Dr. Jankowski for the award said, "It is a lifetime of work educating and advocating on behalf of peoples with diverse and wide-ranging life experiences that makes Dr. Jankowski truly a Woman of Distinction."For more than 30 years, the YWCA of South Hampton Roads has recognized and celebrated the achievements of outstanding women. Each honoree selected has made a significant difference in the community and inspired others, while achieving exceptional success in their field. Dr. Jankowski will be honored for her work at the YWCA`s annual luncheon on March 31, 2020.CONGRATS Dr. Jankowski!!!!! A well-deserved honor. hide

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supporteddyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, language-based learning challenges, auditory processing deficits, fine motor dysfunction, developmental delays, other health impairments, twice exceptional learners (2e), high-functioning autism
Year Founded1989
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$2,100
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer Learning, Intensive Reading and Intensive Math Programs available. Full and half-day options - pricing varies. Virtual options also available.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students108 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Chesapeake Bay Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size6 students
Number of AP Courses9 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAmerican Government, American Literature, Biology, British Literature, Chemistry, Physics, United States History, World History: Eastern Hemisphere, World Literature
Average SAT score1035
Average ACT score24
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki pants and polos)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$2,375
Tuition NotesLower School (K - 5) - $23,750 Middle School (6 - 8) - $24,350 Upper School (9 - 12) - $27,050
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMargaret Meyers
Admissions AssociateSharon Sharp


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBasketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Paddle Tennis, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballBowling,
Cross CountryPaddle Tennis,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Girls on the Run

School Notes

Empowering children who learn differently for over 30 years.
  • Live Daily Instruction: On-Campus or Digital
  • Individualized Instruction Plans
  • 6:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  • Multisensory Curriculum & Project-Based Learning
  • 86% of Faculty have Graduate Degrees
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Executive Functioning
  • Intramural Athletics*
  • Visual & Performing Arts*
  • Consumer Science Program & Food Lab
  • MAKE CBA Entrepreneurship Program
  • Advanced Scholars Program
Enrollment at Chesapeake Bay Academy occurs on a rolling basis throughout the year.
*Following state regulations amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

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