Chesapeake Bay Academy Photo #1 - Empowering children who learn differently for over 30 years.
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

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 108 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $2,375
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Chesapeake Bay Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
dyslexia, 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 Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
108 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Chesapeake Bay Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
6 students
Number of AP Courses
9 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
American Government, American Literature, Biology, British Literature, Chemistry, Physics, United States History, World History: Eastern Hemisphere, World Literature
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Khaki pants and polos

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Lower School (K - 5) - $23,750 Middle School (6 - 8) - $24,350 Upper School (9 - 12) - $27,050
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer Learning, Intensive Reading and Intensive Math Programs available. Full and half-day options - pricing varies. Virtual options also available.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Margaret Meyers
Admissions Associate
Sharon Sharp



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Chesapeake Bay Academy cost?

Chesapeake Bay Academy's tuition is approximately $2,375 for private students and $2,100 for summer students.

What is the acceptance rate of Chesapeake Bay Academy?

The acceptance rate of Chesapeake Bay Academy is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 83%. Chesapeake Bay Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Virginia with low acceptance rates.

Does Chesapeake Bay Academy offer a summer program?

Yes, Chesapeake Bay Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Chesapeake Bay Academy offer?

Chesapeake Bay Academy offers 8 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Paddle Tennis, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

What is Chesapeake Bay Academy's ranking?

Chesapeake Bay Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for: Least expensive tuition, Lowest average acceptance rates and Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.

When is the application deadline for Chesapeake Bay Academy?

The application deadline for Chesapeake Bay Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Calendar

View the Chesapeake Bay Academy yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Spring Break: Office Closed (12-month employees)
March 06, 2023 (Monday)
Spring Break: School & Extended Care Closed
March 06, 2023 (Monday)
Spring Break: Office Closed (12-month employees)
March 10, 2023 (Friday)
US Last Day of Instruction and Closing Ceremony
June 02, 2023 (Friday)
LS/MS Last Day of Instruction and Closing Ceremonies: Half Day for LS/MS Students, Extended Care Closed
June 06, 2023 (Tuesday)

School Reviews

The best school in the state of Virginia. The instructors are not called teachers, but advocates for the students. CBA has reinvented the classroom by cultivating an understanding of both ethical and moral communication.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 108 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $2,375
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average acceptance rate in Virginia Beach, VA is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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