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Norfolk Academy Photo #1 - Norfolk Academy's Wynne-Darden stadium features a turf field for football and lacrosse. The school has more than 70 athletic teams, and the majority of students participate in at least one season of athletics. Facilities include multiple playing fields, several gymnasiums, a weight room, and an indoor pool.
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Norfolk Academy Photo #1 - Norfolk Academy's Wynne-Darden stadium features a turf field for football and lacrosse. The school has more than 70 athletic teams, and the majority of students participate in at least one season of athletics. Facilities include multiple playing fields, several gymnasiums, a weight room, and an indoor pool.
Norfolk Academy Photo #2 - Norfolk Academy is a private, coeducational day school serving students in grades 1-12. Founded in 1728, the school has an exciting history and many traditions that shape the student experience. The most important of these is the student-led Honor System, which shapes school's community of trust.
Norfolk Academy Photo #3 - One of the school's most cherished traditions is family-style lunch. Teachers and students sit together at tables in the refectory, offering time for sharing stories about the day. The meal includes an array of options, from a hot meal to an expansive salad bar and deli sandwiches.
Norfolk Academy Photo #4 - The newly expanded Lower School (grades 1-6) includes a greenhouse, a courtyard garden with plants native to Virginia, and new classrooms for our signature Engineering, Design, and Innovation program, art and music, and rehearsal spaces for orchestra, band, and chorus.
Norfolk Academy Photo #5 - Our school's teacher-coach model shapes each student's journey through Norfolk Academy. The teacher who inspires passion for an academic subject brings that same enthusiasm to coaching one of our 74 athletic teams, as well as our extracurricular activities. Many of our teams achieve regional and state championships, such as field hockey, pictured here.
Norfolk Academy Photo #6 - Band, orchestra, and chorus are offered from Lower School through Upper School. Many students also take private lessons, including strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments, as well as piano, with experienced teachers who meet with students in the school's numerous practice rooms.
Since our 1728 founding, Norfolk Academy has existed for the transformative education of children in Hampton Roads.
As the nation's eighth oldest school, we carry that historic mission into today.
Trusted and reciprocally empowering relationships form the bedrock of the Norfolk Academy experience.
The inspiring relationships we forge with one another underlie our college-prep curriculum, our innovative programming, and our time-honored traditions, such as the Honor System, our speech program, and our senior-first grade buddy program. No exciting discovery, no personal breakthrough, no learning epiphany occurs without the inspiring and perspective-shifting relationships that students build with one another and with their teachers-who also serve as trusted coaches and wise advisors.The relationships we begin building in grade one-and that grow in complexity all the way through grade 12-make possible both the authentic kindness and the outsized accomplishments of our students.
Years after graduation, Norfolk Academy students still count their friends and teachers here as the largest influences on their entire lives.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 1-12
  • Students: 1,188 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,700
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

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

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School History
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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
1,188 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Norfolk Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
104 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
10 students
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1299
Average ACT score
29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Neat school attire; ties for boys in grades 7-12)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition is tiered from $19,700 to $24,700. Need-based financial aid is available.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer at the Academy has weekly camps and prices vary, depending on the camp; the program is open to all students.
% on Financial Aid
18%
Admissions Director
Sarah Smythe
Admissions Associate
Brian Jarvis
Endowment Size
$77 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Athletic Broadcasting Team, Batten Civic and Global Leadership Program, Community Service Board, Forensics (Public Speaking) Team, Happy Club/Operation Smile, Honor Council, Literary Magazine, Medical Scholars Program, Peer Counselors, Robotics Team, Student Council Association, WorldQuest

Arts and Music Programs:
Band/Jazz Band, Chorus, Fall Play/Winter Musical, Orchestra/Strings

School Notes

  • Norfolk Academy-Virginia`s oldest independent school-combines deep pedagogical experience with judicious curricular innovation.On our 72-acre campus, we advance children from across Hampton Roads through a carefully calibrated, expertly monitored, and relationally rich twelve-year continuum that develops capable students into responsible and responsive citizen-scholars.
  • As you explore a potential match between your family and Norfolk Academy, please call our Admissions Office at 757-455-5582 to learn more, arrange a visit, and apply.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 1-12
  • Students: 1,188 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,700
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31

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