Chesapeake Bay Academy

Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #1 - 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 #1 - 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 #2 - 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 #3 - 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 #4 - 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 #5 - 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, designing a budget, and managing relationships and resources to achieve an optimal quality of life.
Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #6 - 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 Photo #7 - 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 by discipline and advance at a pace suitable to them.
  • Chesapeake Bay Academy is the only K-12 independent school in Southeastern Virginia dedicated to serving students with a variety of learning differences..

Upcoming Events and News

  • Dominion Energy Awards Environmental Stewardship Grant to Chesapeake Bay Academy - 06/05/2018 - Chesapeake Bay Academy is pleased to announce that Dominion Energy, through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, has awarded CBA a grant of $4,500 in support of ...moretheir new project, Preparing the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards. The grant is part of Dominion Energy`s commitment to environmental organizations and communities across the country. This year Dominion Energy is awarding $1 million in grants to nearly 130 organizations in 12 states to help improve natural spaces and encourage environmental stewardship. Since 2003, Dominion Energy has donated nearly $32 million to a wide variety of environmental projects across its footprint. CBA`s award will allow their students to design and build an Aquaponics System a self-sustaining ecosystem of plants and sea life. Project-based lessons in STEM and environmental education will be incorporated into the middle and upper school curricula including Life Science, Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry courses. The proposed Aquaponics System project builds upon the NASCENT Center`s concepts around hands-on, science-based learning opportunities. Upon completion of the project, CBA science faculty will offer a presentation to the Virginia Academy of Science at their annual conference. "Dominion Energy is noted throughout the country for their continued dedication to sustainability-related causes," Dr. Jankowski stated. "Their generous gift supports our exceptional learners and embraces the importance of teaching our next generation to appreciate and improve our environment." Over the years, Dominion Energy has partnered with CBA on numerous projects and because of its on-going support, CBA has helped hundreds of students reach their full potential. The grant was presented to Chesapeake Bay Academy by Dominion Energy Regional Director Max Bartholomew, External Affairs Manager Troy Lindsey, and Media & Communications Relations Manager Bonita Harris. The award was received by Dr. Judy Jankowski, CBA`s Head of School, at the annual Academic Fair. Kevin Foss, Upper School Science Teacher, and Mindy Gumpert, Doctoral student at Old Dominion University, also present at the grant presentation, were instrumental in developing the project and will work with students on implementation beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Gumpert will study the impact of the program related to building student ability in the area of scientific argumentation. Established in 1989, Chesapeake Bay Academy is the only K-12 independent school in Southeastern Virginia dedicated specifically to serving students who learn differently. CBA specializes in educating children with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning differences. With a focus on hands-on and project based learning, CBA is committed to preparing students to be great environmental stewards and to improving our region`s wondrous natural environment. Click here for more information on Academics at CBA.hide
  • William W. King Selected as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - 11/20/2017 - Congratulations to William W. King, Board Trustee, for being selected as this year`s "Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser" by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Hampton Roads Chapter. Mr. King is ...morewell known throughout the community for his volunteerism as he dedicates himself tirelessly to several area non-profits. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Chesapeake Bay Academy for 22 years, is Chairman of the Advancement Committee, and Co-Chair of the $3M Transformation Capital Campaign. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia, Mr. King served for 22 years in the United States Navy, retiring in 1984 as a Captain. Thereupon, he served on the Board of Directors of Norfolk Collegiate School, becoming Headmaster in 1988 and is now an Honorary Trustee Emeritus and helps as a volunteer fundraiser for current projects. One of his greatest accomplishments came as Co-Founder of Horizons Hampton Roads in 1999 where he continues to serve on the board. He is integral to the program`s success for over 400 public school students. He has been on the Board of the Future of Hampton Roads, Inc., Executive Director of the Virginia Hermitage Foundation, member of the Norfolk Rotary Club, served as President of the Norfolk Forum, and is assisting with fundraising for the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. Sill active in education, he served on the board of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, and is currently a state field consultant of AdvanceED, leading several accreditation team visits in the Commonwealth and other states. It is impossible to list the many organizations that Will has assisted, but Judy Jankowski, Ed.D., Head of School at Chesapeake Bay Academy, sums up the key to his success, "Will is deeply devoted to the causes that he serves and that is what makes him such a successful fundraiser. His dedication is overwhelmingly apparent and that makes donors willing to commit to supporting those same causes. That fact, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of virtually every family in Hampton Roads for the past two hundred years, makes Will easily accessible and very charming, besides. One of Will`s incredible strengths is his ability to tell a story. He can spin a year about pretty much any subject, engaging his listener with warmth and humor. By the end, there is no one that can refuse Will and his wonderful way. Chesapeake Bay Academy is blessed to have the commitment of this tremendous gentleman and fundraiser."hide
  • Kindness Rock Project - 11/09/2017 - Middle school students at CBA are participating in the Kindness Rock Project (link is external), a national art project created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting ...morerecipients through random inspirational rocks. Mrs. Margaret Meyers, middle school director, Ms. LaTonya Hughes, PE teacher, and Ms. Heather Morgan, art teacher are leading the project as part of the division's mindfulness curriculum. Heartfulness is one of the practices of mindfulness and promotes sending kind thoughts to ourselves and others. The students began creating their rocks this week and look forward to bringing them home, and sharing them with the world.hide
  • April Suratos selected as Teacher of the Year - 11/09/2017 - Congratulations to Ms. April Suratos, middle school teacher, for being selected as Chesapeake Bay Academy's "Teacher of the Year" by our division directors and Dr. Jankowski. Each year, Regent University ...moreand the School of Education honor local teachers by hosting Salute to Teachers (link is external). The area's top public and private school educators were recognized during the 19th annual event held on Friday, November 3 at The Founders Inn and Spa in Virginia Beach. Ms. Suratos was selected based on her demonstrated expertise in special education, her meaningful integration of technology into the curriculum, her support of colleagues as the senior member of the middle school faculty, and her continued dedication to all of the middle school students. CBA is fortunate to have Ms. Suratos on-going commitment the service of our exceptional learners.hide

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
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 STEM Maker Camp available. Full and half day options - pricing varies.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students108 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 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$22,450
Tuition NotesLS - $$22,450 MS - $25,600 US - $25,600
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDana Calo
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

Chesapeake Bay Academy is the only K-12 independent school in Southeastern Virginia dedicated to serving students with a variety of learning differences.  
  • 80% of our Faculty have Graduate Degrees
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Personalized Instruction Plans
  • Multisensory Instruction & Project-based Learning
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Intramural Athletics
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • MAKE CBA Entrepreneurship Program
  • Advanced Scholars Program

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    9.1 miles
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    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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    Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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    Grades: 1-11 | 53 students
    1.5 miles
    443 Kempsville Rd
    Norfolk, VA 23502
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    14.9 miles
    2000 27th St
    Newport News, VA 23607
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    6.1 miles
    7336 Granby St
    Norfolk, VA 23505
    6.1 PK-12

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